I've never really acknowledged a real purpose for Twitter.  I tend to be an early technology adopter, and I shunned Twitter from the start.  I guess I was trying to find a purpose for it.  In a similar way, I dislike text messaging on cellphones.  I guess I am verbose, and have a hard time concentrating my thoughts down to a limited string of text.

However, a couple of things have happened that have forced me to rethink Twitter. First, I made a professional learning commitment at the ASTD TK11 conference this year to engage deeper with conference material via Twitter.  Two key resources made this possible… (1) convention center free wi-fi, and (2) a conference application that integrated Twitter.  I found that I had a chance to more easily bounce ideas off of people in attendance, as well as those observing on-line from a distance.  I also met knew peers that I had not previously met or engaged.

Second, I have experienced a change in my daily learning.  Typically my day started with reading RSS feeds I subscribe on NetNewsWire on either my laptop or my iPad.  I've noticed that several eLearning and tech bloggers that I had been reading and counting on for information have decreased their blogging.  Some of them have moved to Twitter, and now that I realize that – I find that I am monitoring Twitter more, rather than reading pushed blog posts.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  Some of the content I had consumed is now more superficial, but there is often more content or topics to sift through.

So, those were just some thoughts on Twitter.  I find myself to primarily a consumer of Twitter content, and I will rarely "tweet" on a day-to-day basis.  My behavior fits well within the 90-9-1 Theory… where I consume much more than I give back