I've been resisting it for a long time. Twitter, the latest killer app... you've probably heard all the arguments pro and con, I'm not going to rehash them here. Personally, it boiled down to the almighty question of What's In It For Me? And I hadn't come up with a compelling enough answer to propel me into signing up for a Twitter account.
::: cue dramatic music :::
This week I went to a DC Web Women event. In addition to the usual top-notch presentation and Q&A from the group, afterwards a group of DCWWers sat around discussing the merits of Twitter for professional purposes. Somewhere amidst all that debate, I decided it was time to plug into the Twitterverse and finally see it for myself.
What do I think is In It For Me? Well, for starters, I'm looking forward to connecting with folks I might not otherwise have access to. This will be particularly useful as I continue to ramp up my job search, and try to expand my network into the new field of Corporate Social Responsibility. Also, I love the idea of getting local recommendations on the fly while we're out traveling. I doubt I'll be nearly as ambitious as the Twitchhiker, but travel and Twitter are an intoxicating match. And finally, I'm curious about using Twitter to microblog while on the road. Not that I'm giving up crafting more in-depth blog entries. But the ability to send a quick Tweet or post a single photo does open up some new possibilities. And brevity, after all, is the soul of wit. ;)
So, here I go! If you're on Twitter, feel free to follow me at http://twitter.com/pulpologist.
BTW, for anyone out there who's been living under a rock and doesn't know what Twitter's all about, here's a great video from Common Craft called "Twitter in Plain English."