Paul Farhi of the Washington Post writes one of those on-the-one-hand, on-the-other hand reviews of the effectiveness of Twitter within journalism for the American Journalism Review.
He ponders the implications for the craft of the micro-blogging, messaging service and boils it down to two key questions: is there a business model within Twitter? Does it have staying power?
Before he does so, though, he seems to get a positive message from a variety of journalists and their managers about the tool Twitter is and he accepts it can be a serious method of gathering and distributing.
Like others, he finds it very noisy and hard to filter. But his principal conclusion is that it's likely helpful, just not in wide use yet.