First I wrote this.
For smirks and giggles I started a Twitter account last week. And to date, I am underwhelmed.
I can see that if you have family and friends who are on Twitter, you could have a fun time staying in touch and sharing info that is of interest to your group. I don’t have any family and friends on Twitter that I know of.
I can see that if you were a fan of some celebrity, then it might be fun to see what this person had to say. I am not a big enough fan of any celebrity to care about their day-to-day thoughts and actions.
I can see that if you had a smart phone and were in a boring real-life situation– at the doc’s office– on the bus riding home from work– waiting at the airport– visiting a crazy old relative whose politics were the opposite of yours– it could be a blessing to have to check your Twitter account. But my phone isn’t smart, so I don’t have that option.
I can see that if you had no access to the internet via a desk or laptop computer, then a Twitter account could give you a fast RSS-style service that would keep you up-to-date on your favorite topics, websites, mags, and newspapers. But I am very fortunate and have both a desk and a laptop computer with internet connection that are available to me at any time.
So, what am I missing about Twitter? Is there something there to hook my interest so that I might begin to smirk and giggle as I had hoped that I would? Or is it as pointless as it seems to me?
Then I did some research and found this information.
Twitter Looks Chaotic: Don’t Be Afraid – “But behind the churn of news and trivia there’s a remarkable depth of knowledge and opinion.”
Twitter Tweets Some Big Q1 Stats – “Twitter is now seeing 155 million tweets a day.”
Twitter in Plain English – “Real life happens between blog posts and emails.”
Now I am left really wondering.
So I’ll ask you, gentle readers? Do you twitter and tweet? And if so, what do you get from the experience? Explain Twitter to me. Please.