Every now and again something just takes off like a rocket. But like most rockets they either find orbit or get a quick lesson in gravity. The question is what will be the fate of Twitter.
It seems for the moment everyone is getting on the Twitter band wagon. With the protests in Iran putting Twitter on the front page as a means of communication for the pro democracy protesters, to celebrities signing on, Twitter has become very popular. Even Connecting the Dots has set up a Twitter account. But if it will last or not entirely depends on how useful it turns out to be in the long run.
As each person has a different lifestyle, the usefulness of twitter will vary from person to person. For people like celebrities who want to stay in contact with their fans, Twitter becomes a wonderful tool to maintain their popularity and their big paychecks that are directly related to their popularity.
For Politicians, Twitter is a method to keep people aware of what is on their plate for the day and some short insights as to what they plan to do or are doing.
For Company officials who want to leak some information, Twitter is very useful and can save the need for a general announcement.
For the media and journalists, Twitter becomes a pseudo RSS feed and hits people who do not know what RSS means yet.
For the general public who makes use of Twitter, it becomes a means of keeping one’s mind occupied after scouring the entire half page of the help wanted adds. In reality this will be the make or break for Twitter. As the global economy recovers and people get back to work, they simply will not have the free time to read or blast off a tweet.
So as Connecting the Dots sees it, Twitter is a fad that is being sustained by the sour economy and excessive free time. About 30% of the people now using twitter will find it useful and continue to use it. But as life gets back to normal, phone text messages will once again prove to be more useful and not limited by 140 characters.
In reflection, Twitter does have its place in today’s world, but not as big of a piece of the market as today.