I HAVE SIX YEARS of opinion about Twitter and I have achieved browned-off status with it. I simply don't feel the same community spirit when using Twitter 2012.
A lot of my personal observation--shared by some folks I follow--stems from discovering other time sinks that deliver more impact than time spent on Twitter. That said, as a pure time distraction, Twitter still ranks as one of my Top Five procrastination toolsets.
I use several tools that drill into Twitter to give me a heads-up on news, events, long form reads, music, and trends. But I have discovered I get more accurate long range analysis and deep diving content by leveraging other social networks. And because I know there is greater business intelligence (for my interests) elsewhere, that is why my activity level on Twitter has downshifted every month of 2012.
Early next month, on the sixth anniversary of me signing up as a Twitter user, I will share what I'm doing instead. But I will feed that info into Twitter, not unfold my conclusions through a series of tweets. And that, in one simple process, is testimony to how I am browned-off by Twitter.