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Should I Twitter?

When it comes to technology, I've always been an early adopter.

  • I bought a DVD player for $750 when they first arrived in the U.S. in 1997. It was before you could buy DVD's in most stores.
  • I bought my 57" high definition TV more than five years ago for (cough, cough)...alot of money. At the time, only the Discovery Channel was available in HD.
  • I subscribed to the now-defunct VOOM satellite service when it launched in 2003, and kept it until they cancelled service in 2005.

So it is interesting, even to me, that I haven't jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. While I am an early adopter in the audio/video world--it pales in comparison to how fast Kem Meyer adopts new applications in the Web 2.0 world. She is a FaceBooker, Jotter and SpinVoxer...and tells me I need to begin Twitter'ing. Or is it Tweeting? See, I don't even know the correct jargon.

I tried a couple days ago to set up a Twitter account. I thought I would at least become a Twitter-Stalker to see how it works. But evidently the Twitter site had crashed. Did a little googling and found out that Twitter crashes are fairly normal. That doesn't bother me...anytime something is new and popular, it has growing pains.

But since it was crashing and I couldn't sign up, it gave me time to pause and say, "Why?" Why would I twitter? Will it be another application to keep up with? My friend whose motto is "less clutter, less noise" says it fits well within her life of simplicity...but I'm not sure I can see that yet.

Some of my favorite bloggers are twitterers, including Mark Batterson, Dave Ferguson, Scott Hodge and Bobby Gruenwald, so there must be something to it, right?

Okay, your turn. Tell me why I should (or shouldn't) become a Twitter dude?