I've really gotten into Twitter of late, and noticed something of a maturing process in my expectations and usage of the service. I'm generally not a social network joiner by nature and temperament - though I am a professional web developer, and contribute some to open source projects - so perhaps this list may play differently for the more socially-driven individual. I think, however, there is some value in recording the incipient stages of this Twitterer's growth curve.
- This is silly and irrelevant. I don't understand the appeal.
- Aha!* It's about [social networking | small observations | asynchronous dialog | micro-blogging | announcements | letting your network be your filter | any combination of these].
- Twitter let's me talk with my friends, make new ones, find out what important people are thinking.
- Erk, I have clients/co-workers following me. Better speak as if I'm in polite company.
- It's okay to micro-blog some details of life, but maybe everyone doesn't need to know what I had for lunch. Perhaps if I share where I'm having lunch I could meet up with others.
- I'm in the public square. Let's use this to do something good.
- There's too many people for me to follow every post. I'll just follow a few, read all @replies and see what's going on in the main feed now and again.
* My aha moment was at Drupalcon Boston 2008, I'd followed the Drupalcon Twitter account and received schedule updates, and after-hours meetup info on my cell phone. That came in handy as there were last minute adjustments when speakers came down sick, etc.