I find new technology rather fascinating.
Twitter has definitely added another, previously unexperienced quality to my life - actually without interfering with any of the 'old' qualities. I must admit I was somewhat reluctant initially, but now I am totally sold.
The scary aspect of social networks will forever be there, but - as with most things, it all depends on what you make of things. See it a a tool, a way of communicating. Or sometimes - just a bit of banter when you're bored. Make of it what you want. And avoid getting totally addicted...
So, what has Twitter done for me?
Ok, I know what Stephen Fry and Barack Obama are up to - most of the time. That's one thing, but by far NOT the most interesting. I am not that bothered to know what celebs had for breakfast and if their dogs have been for walkies yet.
Instead I feel very much involved in news-making and sharing, because of the contacts I have made within - mainly - UK media. Not least Channel 4 News have made the most of Twitter and their interactive communication with viewers is commendable, I think. I constantly leave comments on what I consider important to cover in their news shows. The fun thing is that they also reply and comment back - sometimes even during the live broadcast, whilst presenting! Slightly crazy, but fun.
Journalism Live got me involved in a live 'Twinterview' - that's an interview carried out live on Twitter to you and me.
Plus, I have learnt a lot about London cabs and all that goes with it, from my very own London cabbie. When I need a taxi, I even book him in advance via Twitter! He knows so much about the hidden and unknown - but very interesting - London. Check for yourselves on http://thecabbiescapital.co.uk/
I have also learnt about a great old, 'forgotten' music-hall called Winstons. A hidden London gem, in great need of refurbishment and restoration - and money. It's like stepping back in time...
An Essex man who does caricature drawings for a living needed to know about a good, but a bit different place to go for holiday. I sent him loads of links to my home town Arvika in Sweden, for which he was grateful.
If you're stuck with a computer problem, you can shout for help and your fellow Twitterers will come to the rescue with lots of helpful tips.
I could go on...but I won't. I guess the message I want to get through is the following: Don't rubbish Twitter. It can really be good for you and enrich your life. Honestly.