Thursday, February 12, 2009

streetwise, perhaps, but definitely not glamorous

Could someone please explain to me why on earth I would ever want to Twitter? I mean, sure, I could see how cool it would be if I suddenly found myself in a unique situation, like for example having been taken hostage in a bank robbery, and then I Twittered the whole thing from inside the vault or wherever I happened to be, and then the whole intertubes would be abuzz for several days about how someone twittered the whole hostage ordeal and wow, look how the intertubes have changed our lives and aren't we all so cool. Yeah, I get that. But I'm not usually taken hostage, and I can't imagine having much of anything to Twitter about most of the time. And I get that Twitter would let me keep up with the doings of people like ... well, all the cool smart-and/or-famous people who Twitter ... but why do I need to do that?

Seriously, explain it to me. Convert me. Or don't ...

8 comments:

wordnerdy said...

It's great for thoughts that hit you on the fly that aren't blog-worthy, or to get local recommendations, or to let people know you've been hit by a car. But no pressure!

burnt tortilla said...

ha! i've been wondering the same thing! my theory:
twitter dumb and twitter dee:

twitter dumb: self-absorbed twits who use baby-talk in their posts.

twitter dee: actually have an interesting experience to document (the inauguration, bank robberies, etc.,) things i actually want to be updated on.

thank you for opening up this conversation.
: )

r4kk4 said...

if it makes you feel any better, when i opened my account two years ago i used it for about a week and then quit.

i restarted it when leff and i hit d.c. for the obamathon (the inauguration) 'cause it was an easy way to let a bunch of folks keep up with what was happening in real time without me having to send out a bulk/bunch of texts.

i'm still using it but i still think it's rather obnoxious. like people need to know what i'm watching on tv....

huh, looks like i won't be selling you on it! ;D

htrouser said...

Yeah, I signed up so I could mess around with it. I think I have Twitted (Twatted?) twice. I don't get it. More annoying info-crap to interrupt my train of thought, if you ask me. I'll confine my tolerate-hate relationship to Facebook for now, until I get round to quitting that again.

Lisa B. said...

Thanks everyone. I can see the value of it if I really needed to get some bit of info out to a lot of people at once (Help, I'm dead! Someone go feed my dogs, please!), but I think I'd be a crappy Twitterer. I already don't keep up with all of my current social media (blog, Flickr, Facebook), so I probably shouldn't add more ...

Rev. Johnny Crawford said...

As a blogger, you can open yourself to whole new audiences. I have doubled my site's traffic since I started twittering about my new blog posts.

And if you do get taken hostage, you probably won't have time to recruit Twitter followers while you are held hostage, so why not get a head start. Just in case, you know.

I use an app called TwitKit that acts as a sidebar in my browser to make twittering easy, easy, easy. If you don't like TwitKit, there are other applications that you might like better.

I hope that helps. If you decide to take the plunge, be sure to follow me:

http://www.twitter.com/bsodmyself

absent.canadian said...

Lisa, your thoughts about Twitter hit the nail on the head. It's an interesting technology and many of us have wandered over to tinker with it (especially while it's in its infancy), but in terms of practical use - I think the jury is still out.

I use Twitter because I find the whole "lifestream" idea fascinating. But the signal-to-noise ratio is _very_ low (or high, depending on how you look at it), and I can't honestly say that it's changed my life.

Twitter has, however, expanded my social network. And it's a great tool for building up a community of blog readers. So there is worth in it, for those willing to explore it with an open mind ...

helena_dagmar said...

From a PR standpoint (which everybody should value in some form or another), it's a great way to build awareness.. for really anything. Events, news, blogs, ideas... whatever is going on in your town or your brain. On the reverse side of that, it's a great way for YOU to be aware of what is going on around you, by following people who are active in your city, your industry... whatever you happen to be involved or interested in. Lots of local businesses and organizations around the Triangle use it to keep their followers up-to-date on new developments around the area.

I've noticed it's a great networking tool as well. But it's really up to you what you make of it. As someone who values online networking and communication, you should settle in quite nicely. :)