Image by via CrunchBaseWritten all over the place was how Twitter had "tipped" and become a leading news source. If you want to read more about it, go here, here an here first. BUT, this is not what I believe is making Twitter successful. Yes, it became a "leading indicator" of what's going on as people are very quick to turn news they see around into Tweets. Pictures get uploaded and you get a play-by-play account of many things. But as is often mentioned, you get a lot of the author's personal view intertwined with the Tweet. Good on one hand, bad on the other. Do I discover a lot of news stories via Twitter first? Yes! Do I then usually immediately go check out a news site thereafter to get further details? Yup! Do I follow both thereafter in parallel? Yes again if it interests me enough! This is a nice side effect in my opinion of what Twitter offers. More important is the interaction platform Twitter provides. I've used Twitter less and less to follow people who simply "broadcast". By "broadcast" I mean only tweet that they've just written a new blog entry or review somewhere without ever giving a "piece of themselves!" (Note: I also let people know I've blogged something new via Twitter but I also write about my daily happenings regularly!) I've stopped following those folks long ago who never give of themselves. What I want on Twitter is the personality of a follower or someone I'm following to shine through. That's what it's all about. Twitter gives me a bit of who that person is. It lets me know there is a real individual on the other end by getting bits and pieces of their lives and feelings in their tweets. This is more than just "keeping in touch". It's "being" in touch! I interact with the people I follow fairly regularly. I surely make an attempt when geographically in the same area to follow up in person with them. Twitter allows for this. I have something to talk about when we meet avoiding all the bullshit smalltalk. It facilitates my real world interaction with them. It makes Twitter a "killer app!" It's NOT the content. It's THE People who make Twitter what it is.