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More on being Twitter-less

Sorry, I’m still not convinced of Twitter’s value or see the point in it.

In my view, if I want to write something, I use a blog – like this one. If I want to talk to people directly, I either use Skype to do a direct voice chat, or I use one of the many instant message services out there like ICQ or MSN Live Network etc. Twitter to me is a 140 character limit of redundancy (no offense to the Twitter fans).

As for the politicians using Twitter that Impolitical details, I’d like to know how many of them allow social replies back to their thoughts. If Toronto Mayor David Miller or US Senator Claire McCaskill actually allowed people to twitter back, telling them they were out to lunch on some of the political positions they held, THAT might be interesting. But, how many of them actually have the guts to do that? Not many, I’d say.

So, nice try to those folks who have tried convincing me of the value or usefulness of Twitter, but right now, this place is a Twitter-free zone!

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8 comments to More on being Twitter-less

  • The best tweeters I follow all have their twitter account hooked into their facebook status updates and they also have their blogs set up so that they automatically tweet their new post urls onto twitter, but also into their Facebook feed.

    For example, the mommybloggers I have friended on FB send their post titles through the feed using Blog applications. That way all their blog fans and all their friends get sent an update. Which leads to more clicks and more comments.

    And more exposure for your longer blogposts. Just a thought.

  • Jason Townsend

    I note Devin’s posts with interest, but all of the second hand twitter exposure I’ve had has essentially made it seem like a distillation of the ego-wank aspects of Facebook.

  • “In my view, if I want to write something, I use a blog – like this one.”

    Twitter could help you promote this blog, and alert your readers that you have posted something new. Though this can be accomplished by RSS.

    “If I want to talk to people directly, I either use [IM or VOIP]”

    Those are one to one communications. Twitter is a one to many communication. Think of it as a broadcast that reaches those who are interested enough in you to follow you.

    Personally I use twitter mainly as an alternative to RSS, though I still use RSS.

    I chose to follow interesting people and in this manner I become aware of interesting things. If you do want to try twitter don’t give up on it until you are following at least a few interesting people. For me that is when twitters true value became apparent.

    However if I were more popular online I would use twitter as a easy and effective crowd sourcing technique.

    I also use twitter as a means of updating my facebook status. And if you are so inclined you can use twitter to alert you to almost anything (including when your plants need water though that requires a bit of work to set up).

    Obviously twitter is not for everyone, and obviously much of twister’s functionality can be replaced by other services but it is a useful tool that fits into many peoples workflow.

    For those who care enough to follow me @scruffydan

  • I guess it works, sorry Scot. I just started following Devin. Can’t find Chrystal on there though.

  • @Devin Johnston – Ha ha.

    Very good Devin.. giving a plug go to your twitter ID on an at-best agnostic blogpost on Twitter. I’d almost say well done. 😉

  • Like Bruce, I use Twitter only to promote blog posts. Not all, just some. Haven’t an iPhone or whatever myself which means my ‘following’ anyone on Twitter is rather senseless – altho I can always go to my Twitter homepage to see what’s what.

    Have noticed an advantage, however, in promoting Challenging the Commonplace and the stuff Daphne and I write about through Twitter. My Twitter accounts does have some followers, at least a couple which are key ones connected to the MSM. That’s why I bother.

  • Twitter is not for everyone, so I won’t try to convert you if it isn’t something that you find useful. But what I really like about Twitter is that you discover and interact with people that you never would have heard about otherwise. During really interesting times (e.g. election night) hashtag conversations get very interesting and you meet tons of new people.

    Regarding politicians on Twitter, it is true that most don’t use it in a way that actually engages people. However, a couple smart politicians do and actually get into conversations with their followers. Of those that don’t, you can always @reply them and those replies are visible to the public. So even if Iggy ignores my reply, countless others can at least see why I think he’s right/wrong on a particular issue and those people can engage me in further discussion.

    So from my perspective, Twitter is an immensely satisfying and engaging technology. The thing is, everyone uses Twitter differently and for different purposes. And it probably is not for everyone.

    (Incidentally… I’m @devinjohnston for anyone reading this who is on Twitter.)

  • You’re not really missing anything. I only use it to promote blog posts and even that’s a waste of time. I don’t have enough followers to make it worthwhile and I can’t be bothered to nurture yet another social network, can’t have too many of those.

    I seem to recall I only set up a Twitter account because PM Steve had one and I HAVE to be cooler than him 😉

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