I started twittering (@smsaideman) not that long ago--after I started blogging. I have contrasted the various media before, but listening to the Reduced Shakespeare Company's podcast on tweating (@reduced) got me to thinking. Why I am on twitter and what I am posting in 140 characters or less?
For the first question, I am mostly a follower. Folks use twitter like how they use facebook updates--to share links around the internet that are amusing/interesting/handy. I have gotten more than a few blog ideas from the links people have posted. I follow a random selection of people: people who follow me, authors (Bill Simmons, Chuck Klosterman), bloggers I know (Jacob Levy, Dan Drezner, Marc Lynch) and those I don't (Mike Lombardi) comic folk (Jeff Ross, Collegehumor, Stephen Colbert, The Onion, Rainn Wilson), friends, family, former students.
Notably, I don't use twitter to follow the news directly nor do I follow any corporate types unless either Bill Simmons or Colbert count. I follow about 45 or so folks, and have dropped a few people who tweat too much despite some enjoyable posts (Jason Whitlock, Michael Ian Black).
Who follows me? Family, friends, former students, colleagues, random people who have not seemed block-worthy.
What do I tweet? Mostly responses to the tweets I follow. Occasionally plugs to this here blog. Posting links to interesting articles. I can occasionally summon a pithy line that stands on its own, but not so much yet. I guess I save my creativity for the blog. I do find myself posting the same stuff in twitter as I put into my FB status box a fair amount of the time. Thus far, tweeting remains a distant third behind the blog and facebook in terms of my attention and effort.
Any changes in your tweat-age since you started?