A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing? Answer on your phone, IM, or right here on the web!
The service reminds me of LiveJournal widgets which say things like:
Current Mood: Gothically Frustrated
Listening To: “Lovesong” by The Cure
I’m all for the depth and transparency that social media is adding to the world. On most topics, I think more information is a good thing.
There is, as the idiom goes, too much of a good thing.
I want to control who knows where I am, and what I’m doing, at any given moment. This is the same reason I’ve eschewed the cool-looking Plazes, and though I maintain an online calendar, I don’t make it publically available. I know, for example, that most online calendars offer an ‘available-busy’ option, which doesn’t expose the details of your scheduled events, but I want complete control.
I want to be able to lie. I want to be able to say I’m busy when I’m not, and I want to manufacture excuses when I’m late. I don’t do this regularly, but I want the option.
On the other side of the coin, I don’t want to be expected to monitor my friends’ and colleagues’ physical locations. I never want to hear “OMG, weren’t you subscribed to my geo RSS feed?”
So, for the moment at least, Twitter falls in the ‘interesting but not for me bucket’.