I enjoyed reading this article from Kathryn Schultz in NYMag in which she articulates the very good and very annoying things about Twitter.
I’ve watched my distractibility increase over the last few years, felt my time get divided into ever skinnier and less productive chunks…More disturbing, I have felt my mind get divided into tweet-size chunks as well. It’s one thing to spend a lot of time on Twitter; it’s another thing, when I’m not on it, to catch myself thinking of — and thinking in — tweets. This is a classic sign of addiction: “Do you find yourself thinking about when you’ll have your next drink?” etc.
– How Twitter Hijacked My Mind
I can identify with this because when I first worked out how to use Twitter and started surrounding myself with a ‘dream community’ of interesting people, I realised I was in danger of spending too much time on it, so pulled right back. Now I use it mostly to post links. Mostly when I post links I don’t actually go onto Twitter — I’m doing it from Flipboard or Zite or Feedly. I wonder how many people who therefore ‘appear’ to be on Twitter are not actually on Twitter. My own Twittering adds to that ‘echo in an empty chamber’ effect whereby most of the time it feels like no one is listening.