When starting out hardcore on this blog a month and a bit ago I was trying to find a couple of good sites to help with the networking aspect of the whole endeavor. I chose a few different options, one of them being twitter. I like the simplicity of the interface, and everyone and their dog seemed to be on there tweeting away.
I am slightly disappointed with the service however. Many people have written articles about their up time. That for some reason didn’t bother me as much as not receiving an email when a person starts to follow me.
In a serious effort to gain a following an build a community, those email notices become quite important. This allows me to see who is watching, what type of reader I am attracting, etc., etc.
So my vote is to work on that outbound email system. It is an invaluable tool for myself and I am sure other people in my boat.