Bwis53 wrote:What is so much better (than my visiting email, thedailypage, madison.com)?
It's not necessarily better, depending on how you roll, but it is much different.
I was a Twitter denier for a long time, but now it's my favorite online platform. I love the talking-out-loud-to-yourself format, probably because I do that a fair bit in real life. That alone makes it appealing to me, having an extrasomatic storehouse for all those "what the..." and "damn it..." and "who knew" moments. The fact that people can listen and react if they want, and that I can listen and react to them if I choose, is icing on the cake.
And I dig the weird mix of casual and intimate. I never interact with most of the people I follow (including many friends)—but I've had a couple Twitter conversations w/my favorite big-deal NPR host, which I can't imagine happening in another medium.
For me, Twitter also functions as a short-burst journal. Every few months I copy my tweets and dump them into a Word doc. I look back at them every once in a while, and it's like flipping through a verbal photo album. Not sure how many people use Twitter that way, but I find it quite entertaining.