Rohit Bhargava blogs on Mr. Tweet about the five stages of Twitter acceptance. These five are, from his view, different levels of how a user actually uses Twitter. This ranges from just signing up for the sake of having an account to engaging in meaningful conversations with other users.
I can say I’ve been having a mix of #4 and #5. But what I can perhaps highlight from my personal experience is not the where in these stages, but rather the how much aspect of it.
I’ve been a user since practically the service started. And I’d become so much of an avid Twitter user that my account even turned into something akin to an instant messaging client at one point. But lately, I’ve found myself only logging in to check for updates once or twice a day (or even less). And most of the time I lurk and listen, rather than contribute. I’m on the lookout for interesting things that other users might link to or say, which makes for good tips on what to write about. And then there are the occasional bursts of being #3–that is, posting links about the latest goings on in the network, which includes Performancing.com and our various services, new and old.
Because of this I feel I may not be maximizing my use of Twitter, if only for lack of the time spent actually connecting and communicating. But then, however rare this may be, I can still say that I probably fall under the new category (#6), too, which is Collaborating: Actual, meaningful relationships and collaborations have occurred out of my usage of Twitter. A lot of my colleagues, clients and service providers are on Twitter and we do sometimes discuss projects over a few tweets.
Which category do you fall under?