While the world focuses on how internal Twitter documents were accessed, I thought it might be interesting to offer up how I use Twitter.
For me, Twitter’s biggest strength is having access to an enthusiastic team of content curators. Throughout the day, I’m looking for interesting stories and news services from the 250 or so people that I follow.
I tried to keep my followers to a manageable number. I know there are people who believe in following lots of people (including people such as Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble, who follow thousands of people) but 200 to 300 seems like a reasonable number without feeling like things are overwhelming.
For most part, Twitter has replaced Google Reader as the way I read blogs, and Google News for getting news. If work is busy or I’m looking at Twitter on the iPhone, I’ll “favorite” a lot of items so they can be read later.
While it’s good to receive, it’s also good to give. This means I’m looking to share news, interesting facts and services – probably four or five updates/day. A good sign of success is the number of ReTweets.
In terms of how many updates, it depends on the day. If I’m working from home, it can range from five to 10/day. If I’m out of the office, there can be days with no updates. Fortunately, I don’t suffer from Twitter withdrawal.
I also tend to do updates in the morning – something that may be fueled by caffeine consumption. As the days progresses, I check in on Twitter from time to time to see if anything interesting in happening.
So, how/when do you use Twitter?