I don’t get twitter

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/12/26/yir.scitech/index.html



Twitter is one of those things I still don’t get.  Yet here it is top technology of the year.


But is it leading to a world full of short attention span adults that only read 140 characters worth of words before they go off to the next topic? 


140 characters is not much time to develop deep thoughts. 

17 Thoughts on “I don’t get twitter

  1. Susan,

    I, like you, don’t fully “get” twitter. However, here is something that have discovered that may make it more worthwhile. If you go to http://search.twitter.com and put in some info you’ll get results from all tweats. The best part is you can convert that to an active RSS feed so that when any tweat in the future matches your search criteria you can see it.

    For example try: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%22small+business+server%22 as an RSS feed for “small business server”.

    Next have a look at Mr Tweet – http://www.mrtweet.net/ which scans tweats and works out who you should be following. Not perfect but I understand the concept.

    Next, you can use bots to automatically post things like you normal blog posts as tweats. I have a plug in to Live Writer that does that for me. Many Web 2.0 apps can automatically post information as tweats. For example everytime I update what I’m reading at http://www.goodreads.com it is automatically posted as a tweat.

    So far I have decided that used correctly, twitter is a way to get information out about who you are and what you do via another method. If you are looking at marketing yourself or your product then it is definitely an avenue worth exploring. The most important thing I have found is to set up automation so that all your tweats are done for you.

    Thanks
    Robert Crane
    http://www.twitter.com/directorcia

  2. You thought you were accessible enough, but no. Twitter is one more way for people to annoy you.

  3. I don’t get it either. Plus, Facebook already has that as well and you can have conversations longer than that if you want.

  4. yeah.

  5. All social networking sights are retarded maybe people should actually go out and socialize in real life instead of having a bunch of lying internet friends.

  6. Use Linkedin or CheapTVSpots for biz. Dunno about Twitter. Twitter seems like a fad, but I’ll look into it anyway.

  7. Edgemaster on December 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm said:

    I agree. It seems lke one of those things that will only become necessary to me when it becomes inconvenient not to use it. (i.e. it is a primary form of contact for those around me). Until then, it doesn’t seem very necessary because there are already methods in place to do the same thing.

  8. I don’t get Twitter for my personal info… don’t have that many people who even care what I do minute to minute. Even updating Facebook once a day seem like a lot.

    But I do get the tweats from a job posting site and industry info… it’s real time and a hot job tip in today’s market is really worth it.

  9. Djtroops on December 29, 2008 at 8:48 am said:

    I’m lost……….

  10. I didn’t get Twitter for the longest time, then I gave it a second chance and have come to realize two things:

    1) It’s simply blogging for people who don’t have time to blog in the long form.

    2) Perhaps more importantly, it’s a very efficient way to follow people and topics of interest.

    My expanded take on the value of Twitter: http://www.beaupre.com/blog/index.cfm/2008/10/23/Does-Twitter-chatter-matter

  11. I hate to say this because it’s going to sound really mean (not like all the other mean stuff I say just to jab you):

    You don’t seem to “get” a lot of the technology that is becoming the norm of business and communication.

    You’re stuck in your comfort zone, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    -Vlad

  12. Twitter works as short burst of information from some companies yes, but don’t get Scoblized here and get too wrapped up in a technology that is a niche broadcasting tool.

    This is technology for the tech community.. but is it communication for the greater business world? It’s too early.

    There are much more efficient means to gain information. Use the platform wisely and choose the right communication means.

  13. Ok, you don’t get a technology that allows others to quickly and painlessly find out “What are you doing right now?” The service is designed to quickly allow you to find out without wading through everything else that clogs up the other social networking sites.

  14. Steve Martin on December 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

    “Hey… let’s go try this NEW thing!”
    “Sorry…. we’re closed”

    -Steve Martin

  15. I’m sorry… I quit listening after ‘140 characters’.
    I’m a tweat.

  16. Praire Winds on December 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm said:

    Whatever happened to “Kiss” .. just keep it simple?

    I’d rather use the basic pay phone & choose to control when or what I want to talk about with someone & how long I want to talk. I don’t need to carry a communication device, don’t have to pay for a monthy service & can plan what I want to talk about in advance, then hang up when I’ve heard enough. It’s like having a GPS device, have you forgotten how to read a map. Use your brain for once.

  17. Greg B. on January 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm said:

    Seems to me it’s designed for the cellularly addicted generation to let them text on a much broader scale. You sign up and your phone explodes with texts from a whole bunch of people, not just a few. Almost all of them are useless but that doesn’t seem to matter much. It’s another cool technology that ultimately is mostly a waste.

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