This list by A Very Public Sociologist makes for interesting reading, not least for me because I scraped into the top 10. Exciting!
It's easy (and so predictable that, oh look, the Guardian have had a bash at a bit of rubbish prolling) to dismiss Twitter as a dreary affair full of dull people who don't add anything to your understanding of the world, but I can only comment on the effect it's had on this blog. If you compare web traffic for this month last year
with this month this year
you can see there are a lot more people here. Now much as I'd love to think that's down to me being spectacularly brilliant throughout the past 12 months and much more clever and funny and so on, I don't think that's the case. It'd be wrong to attribute everything to Twitter either, but I definitely think it's helped - not just through my own shameless self-promotion on there, but also through other people being able to find the kind of articles they want without having to rely on the mainstream media to dish them up.
When you're trying to cultivate a bit of a readership, or at the very least get more of the sort of people who'd like to read the sort of stuff you write through the turnstiles, I think it's helpful to have a way of letting people know what you're up to - and the immediacy of a link on Twitter is a great 'read it now' incentive. I reckon if you are a keen amateur scribbler like me, or like the many others I've happened upon thanks to Twitter links, then it's hard to underestimate the power it has. The mainstream media don't get that, of course, because they couldn't care less. They just assume we come stumbling through the mist up to their trough every morning to feast on what we're given.
A lot is being made of the looming general election, of course, and the role that Twitter will play in it. Blogging and tweeting won't affect the outcome, of course, but they will provide an alternative backdrop to the tiresome and straitjacketed world of the mainstream at that time - and I'm looking forward to that, if not the result itself. In the meantime, I'll try and catch up John Prescott. It won't be easy, but I'm determined!