More bloggers are coming around to the professional benefits of using services such as Twitter, but we should not overlook the social benefits either.
As more and more of us work remotely it is common to feel isolated or just miss out on the office banter we have grown used to.
On a one to one basis of course IM tools such as AIM/MSN/Skype can come in handy. Sometimes though we just want ambient chit-chat. Those random snatches of conversation occasionally make us prick up our ears but mostly just washes over as white noise.
I would never advocate chatter instead of work but as a break or just a pause to collect your thoughts it can be quite re-energizing. Humans are social creatures, best for us not to forget.