Monday, August 31, 2009

Twitter

I don't tweet. For a long time, I thought Twitter was redundant. Finally, I signed up for the site to see what all the deal was, and haven't been back. I've got friends who I know use it, between Facebook and BlogSpot, Twitter is still redundant. If I had a BlackBerry or Iphone, I might feel differently, but I don't and I'm kind of glad my phone isn't web enabled. I'm online enough as it is. Now there's a few people who are witty enough that it would be fun to follow, but yeah, no. Anyway, what's your opinion about Twitter?

15 comments:

Steve said...

It is a waste of time and energy 99% of the time. Besides, all the old people (35+ haha) and politicians are using it SOOOOO, you know that is the best way to kill a product for anyone under 21. In a few years, people will laugh about it like we do with AOL IM, ICQ, and BBSs, haha.

Brenda said...

I briefly signed up and then abandoned it. Facebook is just fine.

chartie said...

I agree. I have never had a desire to join Twitter. I just don't see how it could be even slightly useful to me.

SJ said...

If you are in PR or Social Media it is extremely useful. I was like you. For a long time I didn't get it. I even interviewed Biz Stone (founder) and still didn't get it. Then I signed up and started attended Social Media Club functions, got a Blackberry, etc. Some of my biggest clients have come from Twitter, I've met great people and new friends. I understand the redundancy issue, esp with Facebook. Still, I tweet because it has served me well.

SJ said...

Oh, btw, Steve, PR Daily just came out with a study that shows 11% of teens (and climbing) now tweet.

Jesse Harris said...

Twitter is a multi-platform chat room where you can choose who you want to see speaking and respond when it is convenient rather than in real-time. At least, that's what I think it is.

plainoldsarah said...

just like you, i signed up to check it out but haven't figured out why/when i'd want to use it. i figure it's a "field" thing and i'm in the wrong one. i also don't like how strangers have chosen to follow me. one i looked and she was really obscene so i rejected it - not like i've ever tweeted a thing - but just in case. anyway, i don't get it - but i hope some day if i have to i will.

aisy said...

Haven't used it, no interest in doing so. But to each their own I guess!

Steve said...

SJ - I get the PR thing, but then in the end, aren't you just preaching to the choir if only PR types are using it?!?! You are missing your audience?!?! Also, 11% is a pretty small number of teens using it when you consider the percentage of the population they represent and the percentage of that demo that uses MySpace, Facebook, and other apps. So far it has my vote for the most over rated thing of 2009.

erinannie said...

Granted, I work in the same field as SJ, so it is no surprise that I agree with her. But personally, I like it more than Facebook. Facebook is too littered with games and apps and it drives me crazy. (I only like it for photo albums really.)
I've made several "friends" via Twitter. And a lot of great business contacts. In fact, my current job came by way of someone recommending me on Twitter and LinkedIn.
My favorite thing on Twitter is to follow a few of my favorite celebrities, musicians, and comedians. And it is a great way to get breaking news.
It does make a huge difference in enjoyment to be following your own friends.I've noticed the biggest difference between people who like it and people who don't, tends to be how many friends they are "following."
Also, many retailers are now offering exclusive deals on Twitter. I love it!

Jesse Harris said...

I should also point out that Twitter is a good customer service tool. I've gotten instant help from Comcast, Sprint, and even my hosting company via Twitter.

Boo said...

I actually really like Twitter and am happy to hear you are "tweeting" now. Let the good times roll!

Sara said...

I love it! All the New Kids Tweet, so I can always feel in touch with them. You know how important that is for me. I also follow some really funny people. Good happy-maker.

stacer said...

I use it mostly to follow authors and publishers. Several editors I know find it a great way to keep in touch w/ social media without having to have a full-on blog. They have #kidlit chats and #pubtips and other hashtags that people can use to search key terms.

You might have noticed that I import my Twitter to my FB. It's easier that way for me, because I rarely go to Facebook. Though I've been trying to figure out the app that might cut down on how much comes in from Twitter--sometimes I'd rather it just be at Twitter and not be copied onto FB, depending on whether it's super-work-oriented or not. Yet I also have a lot of friends on Facebook who are writers, editors, agents, and so forth, so it's nice to connect to them there if they'd rather be there.

But the problem then becomes that I think some of my personal friends get tired of seeing the shop talk. So I'm still working on a solution to that.

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