Dave Winer examines the argument. He makes a great point, namely that when blogging first started out, people were decrying it as a fad. Twitter is going through a similar cycle, but has yet to build up the same level of momentum as a useful tool.
Dave: "How many pizza deliveries on the other coast can you stand to be notified of before you unsub?"
Leander, our managing editor, isn’t buying into the fad. He’s convinced his Twitter feed would read something like "I’m putting on my socks!" or "I’m going to the bathroom!" Like, who cares?
Steve Rubel puts it all into perspective. Here’s a note that he sent out earlier today — on Twitter, of course: "As Twitter grows in popularity, so will its use for cat blogging. It will grow old fast. People will want bites of substance."
When you’re down at SXSWi zipping to and from different venues, what’s the best way to stay in touch with your friends? This year, it’s not phone, IM or email, it’s Twitter.
I was just talking to Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale, an avid Twitter fan, and he tells me that he’s seen tons people signing up for Twitter within the last couple of weeks as the conference drew closer. He also says that everyone’s using it to meet up at SXSW. He says he and his group of friends used Twitter to find each other last night when most of them arrived. Use of the update service is getting so huge that Scoble thinks SXSW is going to break it.
Twitter is playing along, too — the company has set up HD plasma screens in the Austin Convention Center to display messages sent out to the SXSW group. Instructions on how to join the group are on the Twitter blog. You should also read Scott’s blog post about Twitter and Splashcast at SXSW.