I believe that to understand you must use.
I didn’t understand Twitter when I first heard about it. Now that I’m using Twitter actively, I’m still confused but less so.
Twitter, for the uninitiated, is a free service to which you send text message or web-based updates about where you are and what you’re doing. Connect with friends and you will soon be receiving their updates on your cell phone. It’s designed to be used on-the-go.
Why in the world would you want to post that you’re in the coffee shop down the street? And why would you care what exactly a friend is doing at a given moment in time? Well, I’ve already had one experience where I read that a friend was physically near me and we were able to connect.
For friends who aren’t physically near me the value is only in maintaining our relationship through yet another dimension — namely short, frequent, "what-I’m-doing" kind of updates.
I have no idea how long I’ll stick with Twitter but for the time being I’m enjoying using it and find it fascinating.