Although I want to believe Twitter is great for listening in on people (which it really can be) - I think it's still a megaphone mainly because the majority of people use it to do nothing but share links. The idea of being able to retweet is amazing but people do it out of habit now vs. actually clicking through the content, reading it and then sending it out - it's spreading information without consumption - so it then does become a megaphone in some way. Of course, not everyone does this and I think that's the point you're trying to make but it has, at large, basically become a public RSS. We just all need to use it as a communication tool - but that's going to be hard to get through to a lot of people. Just saying.
Hey Murlu You are spot on about the retweet, it is used far to excessively. Yes there are an awful lot of people out there using Twitter as a megaphone, so to do the opposite and use it as a communication tool immediately makes you stand out.I have to question how effective this is for them. The only time I click on a link is because I have had some sort of one on one connection with the person who has Tweeted the link out. I never click on links from automated accounts. To me the more people who ignore all of the noise from the megaphone users, the quicker they will all disappear. Cheers Adam Bean
That's actually how I often feel - I mostly only click on links from people I actually know - it's just like a friend sending you a link through AIM - you can trust that what they're sending you is going to be gold. The others are very hit and miss; I guess it is "a party" haha - people just shouting trying to catch your attention but the ones that stand out are the ones that shout your name first.