If you've heard about twitter and are thinking about dipping your toes in the stream to learn what people are talking - or twittering - about there's no better time than now.
You've heard it's for geeks? OK, and moms, writers, students, freelancers - anyone with a computer and a brain.
It's about people and what people might talk about if they had a few minutes on and off during the day - as they were passing at the copy machine or the water cooler.
Those mini comments - limited by twitter to a perfect snack size bite of 140 characters - are as likely to be about cookies for guys in Kandahar as the next new thing in tech. Whatever your interest, there are people who can toss a couple lines to you every day and make your life a little more interesting in the process.
Jerimiah Owyang offers to be your twitter friend and point you in the direction of others, saying
"I hope to see you on Twitter, if you follow me, I’ll follow you back. Looking for other people to connect with? Twitterposter shows some of the top members in this graphical dashboard, a good starting point."
Following his good example, if you leave a comment below letting me know what name you use on twitter, then follow me there by clicking "follow" on my twitter page, I'll add you to those I follow as well.
To make it easy to find me I use susanreynolds uniformly there and elsewhere.
Next, find some other people to follow. When you' look at the Twitterposter site you will find a US version of twitterposter and a world version. Each shows the relative influence of individual tweeters. The larger their image is - the larger the group of people who follow them on twitter.
After all with 100,000 tweeters and limited space on a chart, following anyone who made the cut-off here will give you at least some idea what it's all about. Simon Collister writes that Twitter is about people, not technology. And I think you'll find he's right
Although there is not enough time in a day to listen to every voice in the conversation, I'm doing my best. I hope you'll check it out. Sometimes the connections you make to people in a few minutes interspersed in your week can be invaluable.
For more about Jeremiah see Spending time on Twitter, join us