Ricky Van Veen presented us with the case against hyperblogging last month. And Fred Graver gave us his response.

Both of them seem to make the similar point that services like Twitter provide too much information, and lack intelligent messages. I think that’s missing the point of what Twitter can be great for. So here’s why I love Twitter (I’m using Twitter as a specific example because I use it regularly, unlike things like Tumblr).

Personally, I think that the “too much information” argument misses the point. You wouldn’t complain that in when people call you for a chat, there’s too much information (in that short period of time) and the person doesn’t think through (with drafts) about what he/she is saying, would you? Or an IM conversation? And to me, that’s what Twitter is about. It’s a place for conversations. It’s not as much about information as it is about connection and relationships. @loudmouthman defined it quite well, as “the open plan office water cooler conversations“.

To me, Twitter is all about community. It’s a great place to hold conversations, to build connections and get to know people. It’s a great way to just build friendships and relationships. The story of @kosso and @01000101 is a great example (they met and fell in love via Twitter, and are now engaged).

I love the community built around Twitter. I’ve had so many awesome conversations. And twice already, I’ve posted questions (on two vastly different topics), and gotten offers of help within a couple of hours. Things like what Chris Brogan did for Noell’s birthday (he’s never met her, by the way) are just amazing.

Queen of Spain’s post sums it up really well.

So I’m done with talk of ‘what is web 2.0?’ and ‘what is social media?’

It’s life.”

If you’re not on Twitter, yet, I encourage you to join it. It’s an awesome place. If you are already on Twitter – or after you join, as I’m sure you’re about to ; ) – feel free to follow me.