I was reading what some psychologist had to say about Facebook and Twitter and the following quote caught my attention.
“On Twitter you receive an endless stream of information, but it’s also very succinct,” Dr Alloway said. “You don’t have to process that information. Your attention span is being reduced and you’re not engaging your brain and improving nerve connections.” (via news.com.au)
I understand Dr. Alloway to an extent; however, tweets can contain hyperlinks that in turn, if clicked, take us to a constantly growing world wide web of information. In other words, tweets can exploit the power of the hyperlink.
I think of tweets as expanded headlines/titles/subject-lines and the effective use of these communication objects can be a powerful tool.
In a nutshell, for me right now, the power of Twitter is in who I follow.