There was a lot of talk about Twitter at SXSW this year. Though the concept seemed trivial and useless to me when I first heard of it, it does do one thing very well: closeness through shared environmental context. A big part of friendship is just hanging out and doing things together without direct communication. You can learn a lot about someone by just watching what they’re doing; Twitter is a kind of virtual version of that.
So here’s my Twitter profile…I’m going to give this a try for a couple weeks and see what happens. The theory is that I might feel like I’m part of a tribe.