Being the curmudgeon that I am, I have been asking myself - and others – why? Even Jack Welch of GE fame has caught the bug (Business Week). I am a member of LinkedIn and find it useful, at times, for finding information about an individual or group that may have some importance for me.
What I haven't yet figured out is, who wants to hear from me about what I'm doing at the moment or where I had lunch? Granted, 140 character Tweets are a fast and easy way to put your opinion out there and get feedback, both supportive and otherwise. But, how would anyone even know to look for my comments? I suppose that if I went to the Twitter site, it would let me know how to make this happen. I'm not sure that I want all the potential exposure.
And what happens if I don't respond to various comments? Do I get branded as rude or unresponsive or aloof? Perhaps, (chuckle), a curmudgeon? One of my enterprises is a web based, (SaaS) application. But, you know that since you're on our site. So, it's not that I don't appreciate the value of the web, or technology, or the “cloud” and the connectivity and accessibility it provides. On the contrary, I believe that all the predictions in the science fiction that I've read over the years will come to fruition. We will at some point be joined as one people around the globe with instant access to whomever we want.
Maybe next week I'll log in to the Twitter account I opened long ago when they offered beta trials. Maybe not.