I got an interesting email from Dom Sagolla Friday after my post appeared on this blog. Dom is one of the co-creators of Twitter. I haven't called him yet, though I plan to. His email, and my response, are below.
As one of the co-creators of Twitter (and newly published author of "140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form"), I enjoyed your measured commentary. In the past 3.5 years since we built version 1, I've read many a similar rant but yours was more thoughtful than most.
I believe the value of Twitter shows itself over time, coming and going in a cycle:
Twitter is what you make of it. You don't have to use it like everyone else to find value in it. If you want to post once a month, that's fine. Once a year, that's fine. Not post at all, not follow, only search, that is totally fine and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
That's just your style, and everyone is unique. One question, though: how exactly do you define "value" here? Part Two of "140 Characters" tries to define value in terms of voice, reach, links, and words. I'd enjoy a discussion with you about the nature of value in social media and specifically Twitter.
Thanks for writing,