Email lists v Twitter

I love this post on the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog which discusses whether Twitter has the potential to replace Listservs (email mailing lists). In it they describe some of the problems associated with using email lists, which include;

  • People conducting lazy research (using the list to request items that they could probably find themselves or could find at their local library)
  • There being too many people (if you send an email and you get 200 Out of Office responses you're not going to be posting too much in the future)
  • List bad apples - you know the person who always finds something to vent about at the most inopportune moment.

So can Twitter replace these services? Probably not, but it could be used in conjunction with any email lists you're currently on.