Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has blogged that he’s taking half heartedly to Twitter:
over the past 17 months, enough people who I respect have made a good case for twitter that it seems churlish to base my decision on theory alone. In other contexts, I frequently complain about people who make decisions without looking at the evidence, so I figured I really ought to test the theory, and find out once and for all: does twitter make me happier and more productive?
So, following in the footsteps of my good friend Justin Wolfers, I’m embarking on a month-long twitter randomised trial. Each morning in February, I’ll toss a coin. Heads, I’ll tweet for the day. Tails, I shan’t. At the end of each day, I’ll record how happy I’ve been, and how productive. And at the end of February, I’ll tally it all up.
I’m not entirely sure a person’s overall happiness can be determined by their Twitter usage, but will concede that all else being equal it might show up in the statistics over time.
If nothing else Twitter does wonders for the ego gratification of the moderately famous, which is happiness of a sort, if not a particularly healthy one.
I would suggest to Dr Leigh that he set up a program to pump his excellent blog into his twitter and public facebook automatically via his RSS feed, using those services (and any others that come along) to drive eyeballs to the content he owns and controls.
If you’re so inclined you can find him here.