A little over a month ago, I fessed up to having gone active on Twitter, becoming one of the seven percent of Americans now using the service.  I figured it was time for an update and a call for assistance.

First, the update. Whoa.

(a) Still not ready to deem it one of life’s best practices, I am willing to go so far as to deem Twitter one of life’s most potentially addictive practices. I’m not talking about the Ulysses-like tweets of some, who find it necessary to tell the world that they are “woot! ready for baked beans!” I mean instead the shocking amount of data that is poured into the tweetstreams daily, both tweeter-generated and linked. Twitter allows someone who enjoys being up on what’s going on to, it seems, almost peer over the edge of the time horizon.

(b) It is a superb platform for aggregating news and information.  Once I learned the basics of both Hootsuite and, even more important, TweetDeck, I realized that what I’d viewed as an unsortable mass of data was, in fact, readily definable into streamlined clumps of information.  Want data from creatives?  Follow lists of identified creatives.  Want data about brain function?  Follow lists about brain function.  Extremely nice.  (Listorious is a great resource here.)

(c) It’s only going to get bigger.  Some fascinating statistics published recently show that Twitter has enormous room to, um, spread its wings.  Some 87% of US residents are aware of Twitter — virtually the same percentage of those who are aware of Facebook.  But unlike Facebook, where 41 percent of us have a profile, only 7% of Americans use Twitter.  That will no doubt change.

Second, the request for assistance. No doubt many of you use Twitter.  I realize that to you, I’m like the savage who is struck dumb by the sight of a block of ice.  I am aware that I’m at the handle, not the cutting edge, of the technology curve.  Please do two or three things for me.

(a) Tweet me at TBilich and tell me who I should follow.  I’m looking for thought leaders and disruptive thinkers in creativity, brain research, psychology, networking and connection, goals, learning, influence, positive psychology, purpose, perfectionism, and other topics I cover.

(b) Use the lists I’ve created of creative forces, DC-area creatives, brain researchers, and connectors (those using disruptive new technologies to communicate and teach).

(c) Let me know the tricks you use most frequently to make Twitter less of an obsession and more of a tool.