Is Twitter headed for greatness?

April 20, 2009

I read Tim Altom's Return on Technology column each week. It's not unusual for me to find myself disagreeing with his conclusions or assertions. When talking about technology near the edge, one must use a great deal of conjecture, so it's easy to disagree.

In the April 13 issue, I found myself in agreement with Altom's assessment of Twitter. I, like him, have spent some time investigating this new communication vehicle. I haven't had the super-abbreviated tweets that he bemoans, but I do get a lot of drivel. I also tweet plenty of drivel of my own. It's part of the learning process.

I'm still at a loss to see how it fits into most small businesses. I've read Chris Brogan's 50 business uses for Twitter. Most of them aren't even uses. Yet something about Twitter is attractive beyond the buzz. It "feels" like it is going to be something important. That feeling keeps me, and others in the computer industry, playing with it in hopes of being there when the light bulb goes on for someone.

I expect to continue to have disagreements with Tim Altom's column as we go forward. I don't write about those because they generally aren't substantive. I won't start following him on Twitter, but he can follow me: twitter.com/richardsdl. I promise not to "speak leet."

Damon Richards
President, Port-to-Port Consulting

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