What the Twitter!?
Gawker blogger Owen Thomas says “We Twitter to reassure ourselves that we are alive.”
A clinical psychologist interviwed by Times Online and quoted in the post says “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.”
I’ve heard anywhere from 1 million (a little dated) to 6 million. So I do not think that group is reflective of anything significant. Yes, Twitter is cool. But it is mostly used evangelize an idea or a product or service. Another distribution channel one that I’d compare to RSS in spirit. It moves information quickly from me device to you. I do not believe it can live as a stand-alone application. It’s like push-to-talk. Eventually, you have to merge with someone who offers much more.
If you want to analyze the sense of identity or lack thereof, then I think Facebook is a far better example than Twitter.