Last Updated Aug 26, 2009 5:34 PM EDT
What's wrong with pointless babble?
Yes, I know that overuse of social media can be a huge time waster and productivity killer. But tweeting a bit during the workday, even if it's about something mundane like where you're going for lunch, is a pretty decent way to give yourself a mental break or blow off some stress.
You're not sharing any earth-shattering observations with the Twitterati. So what?
Think about the person-to-person conversations you have every day at work. Aren't many of them equally trivial? Yesterday alone, I had discussions about the best flavors of gelato, why Microsoft makes computers that take forever to boot, and whether snakeskin or patent is a better choice for strappy sandals. (Snakeskin, hands-down.)
Nothing there that's going to establish me as a genius, but these little exchanges connected me with my co-workers, gave my brain a change of topic, and increased my engagement by reinforcing the fact that there are fun (and funny) people in my workplace. After a few moments of idle chitchat, I'm refreshed and ready to get back to work.
So I think pointless babble has a place, whether it's in your office or online.
What do you think?