Someone asked this question of Fred Wilson, and I am still looking for a solid answer myself. But I did do some digging.
I signed up for twitter, and did one post. I subsequently made my page private until I could figure the thing out. I installed the twitter plugin for this blog site, but haven’t used it. Then I called (novel, eh) ten friends and pointed them to twitter to get their thoughts. The makeup of those contacts was as follows:
Nothing really groundbreaking here, but it does give you something of a first impression from the stupid set. The only opinion I can offer so far is that twitter has something of a barrier to entry with the SMS integration, and dealing with SMSCs can be a real pain (so kudos to them). Also, it is probably going to grow like mad with the publicly available API. Will that be enough? Or will it add more noise to an already very noisy idea?
Still looking for answers…