The more I think about it, the more it appears that Twitter is an IM application on steroids. Twitter allows for tweets and twitting with your peeps, just like an IM application. The primary difference is that all of your tweets end up in a blog that can be searched.
Think about it, take your favorite IM tool and look at the similarities:
- I can tweet from my cell phone - I can IM from my phone
- I can send URLs in a tweet - I can send URLs via IM
- I can tweet photos - I can send photos via IM
- I can follow or be followed in Twitter - I can do the same with IM
Again, the big difference is that traditional IM has some forms of privacy and can be somewhat proprietary. With Twitter, there are numerous applications, but if you can get to the web via desktop or mobile phone you can tweet and search twitter as a wider public medium.
What are your thoughts on Twitter? How are you using Twitter? Is Twitter a giant IM application on steriods? Is Twitter a fad? or is Twitter the application that could give Google a run for its money?