I’m not in love with Twitter myself yet but I do believe it can turn out to be a useful medium depending on how you choose to use it. Some anti Twitter like this one, at first glance, seem to have a point but you quickly realize the person really doesn’t know how to use Twitter – at least not in a way that would’ve been beneficial.
Many people are quick to dismiss Twitter as total waste of time (I was one of them). But anything can be a waste of time if used without any discretion or purpose. Watching television, reading magazines, reading books or going to movies can all be a waste of time if we’re not being selective. If you’re tired of seeing tweets about someone’s eating habits, you can choose not to follow them just like you would change the channel or turn off your TV set if you’re not interested. You don’t have to sit there and absorb all the random tweets. Of course, if you are mindlessly following bunch of people you don’t know, you are going to see lots of porn links, scams, and ads. But that’s the consequence of your actions not the design fault of Twitter.
I don’t follow too many people but I do find helpful articles and links related to my craft through those few that I do follow. Just be smart about what information you’d like to gain through the medium. Although, I’m not too crazy about the up-to-the-minute updates and information. As far as I’m concerned, nothing is that urgent. If something is that urgent, there are more effective communication mediums out there for urgent stuff. For any other casual information exchange, Twitter does the job.