Its different from Facebook because its less personal, and that is a wonderful thing. You do not have to accept people as friends, or even “friends”, and the amount of information doled out is, mercifully, short and sweet.
I do not follow many friends, so I don’t get updates like, “there is slightly more jelly than peanut-butter on my sandwich today.” And I don’t follow celebrities, although you can. I have accumulated a list of organizations that I follow (NYTimesArts, several Museums, NatureNews, ScientificAmerican, Pratt Institute) that update me on smart and interesting information. All. Day. Long.
Here are a few links that I have learned about via Twitter that I thought I would share with you:
The Promise of Evolutionary Synthesis:linking previously unconnected scientific ideas together.
Artists Reconstruct the Past:paleoartistry and its origins. see also, my blog post about this very topic.
Super Color Vision in Humans:some humans may be able to see more nuanced shifts in color.
Death Blooms:copper urns that have weathered, very spectacular and strange and sad.
Perfect Lego Art:the whimsy and simplicity of legos in unexpected outdoor spaces.
A Twitter sized thought I had last weekend: What if all car horns sounded like notes from wind instruments, then a traffic jam might sound more like a symphony.