If you're trying to understand Twitter, Guy has a great post with Chris Brogan from Podcamp where he asks about twitter.
Here is my favorite quote from the interview:
Question: When I go to the Twitter home page there’s nothing but tweets about people’s cats, people waking up, people going to sleep, and tweets in other languages—what do I care about this crap?
Answer: The Twitter public feed is only interesting in the sense of thinking, “Wow, even with a big group of connections on Twitter, there’s these other several thousand people I have no idea about doing their own thing.” This almost immediately gets boring. Don’t care about it. Twitter is about you and your connections. It’s a tool that requires you to refine a bit.
And Chris is so right. The people who don't "get" twitter need to add some great folks into their Twitter feed. I learned about the Virginia Tech shootings via twitter and much of my current news is from there. Sure, I don't have time to twit that often, but when I'm there it is a very rich read. In fact, I hit twitter before I read my RSS reader -- just to "catch up" and see what is going on.
If you're following the trends in social media, it is a must read.
tag: twitter, podcamp, Guy Kawasaki, Chris Brogan, social networking, web 2.0