Here’s some of what Twitter has done for me, directly or indirectly:
– Gotten me hired.
– Connected me with people who have helped me advance my career.
– Gotten me speaking engagements (another résumé booster).
– Made me think more critically about my profession (I’m connected with a lot of people who are smarter than me and/or who I disagree with).
– Helped me do my job better (I produce several story leads each week thanks to connections I’ve made through Twitter).
There have also been a few almost-jobs from people who approached me through Twitter or because of what I had done with my various Twitter accounts.
I’ve broadened my knowledge base: Topics that I would’ve just glazed over in a newspaper or on a website — economics and international news particularly — are now a regular part of my news diet.
I’m sure I could have done many or all of these things without Twitter, but I didn’t. Twitter works for me and it works for a lot of other people, too. If it doesn’t work for Bill Keller, that’s fine; he obviously has plenty of information inlets that do work for him.
If there’s any “answer” to his open statement (which, for what it’s worth, I don’t think he meant literally), it’s that people should use what works for them. Does it really matter how a person gets the information or connections he needs? I don’t think so, and I’m just glad he’s able to, in whatever format is available.
This was written on my phone, so sorry for any weird formatting.