Twitter : Things I like about
I rarely like things.
First and foremost, you can hear directly from the sources.
The source factor
This was not possible for a huge period of time in human history.
Think about olden times when someone said something and people who received the message fumbled it while passing on.
However, there were systems of passing knowledge like Vedic system, which managed to pass a huge amount of information on via chants.
Back to how people can misuse messages.
A king decreed a new law. Ministers received it and then passed it on. Somewhere down the 300 miles mark, the rich people of that town modified it a little for their advantage and people didn’t know if it really was from the king.
This would go on until one person figures out, but he/she is bought or killed. Thus giving birth to information economy in olden days.
Anyway, Twitter allows you to hear from the people who do stuff. This gives immense confidence to followers.
You can follow people you want to know about
In olden days, this would be difficult; in recenter times a crime; in current world, cyber-follow is the norm.
You can follow people you care about
The family factor
Your family, in real time. If they choose to let you know via twitter.
You can talk to people who make stuff or write books, or to the movie stars and presidents even
The easy reach factor
For example, I have talked to movie actress, book authors and programming language inventors on twitter and they have replied. True story.
Presidents and Prime Ministers however have been giving me silent treatment. ;) A deserved one.
You can get news from the source
The News Factor: again, the source matters. You can see and read about things as they are happening. For example, I have live tweeted a few of conferences that I have been to.