Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Begbie, 12 Apr 2010.
What am I missing?
And what is it all about?
Is it just for people who like to stalk famous people?
It's a very powerful service if you use it correctly.
Facebook with less features and more famous people.
That's what your missing.
I found it useless when I signed up. I had no followers
I can't see the point for me personally, but ignore it at your peril if you're in PR/Media/Government etc.
If you've nothing useful to say then that's probably the best way, nothing to stop you following interesting people/feeds though.
Are we bored?
I use it to get F1/Motorsport news and web development trends.
The only remotely famous person on my list is Cheryl Kerl.
It is entirely what you make of it, if you want to keep upto date with pretty much anything, people, companies, events then you can, it's entirely subscription based, so what you like you follow, you don't see anything else.
It isn't a social network in the same sense as the others, no matter how many times it's compared to facebook statuses. It's a micro-blogging service. You have your feed and you can add to it as and when you please, people can subscribe to your feed, and you can subscribe to a distinct set of peoples feeds.
You can get a lot out of twitter even if you never tweet. I'd say the biggest strength is collaborative communication, which is most common using hashtags, basically anything with a #tagname appended or within the message, makes it easier to search for, so if you're interested in #ge2010 (the general election 2010) you can just search that and see what people are saying at this point in time. Most twitter applications allow you to save a feed of a search so it will update like your feed of people you follow would.
It's a utterly superb news source and gives you a overview of what is happening on this ****ty little rock we call Earth.
There's a difference between:
I'm a celebrity, therefore I'm on Twitter.
I'm on Twitter, therefore I'm a celebrity.
Missing nothing, it's crap.
I find the more you use it the better it gets. I can see that people who have just signed up and aren't following anyone can find it rather pointless, but if you follow plenty of people who you are interested in then imo it's great.
I'm preferring it over Facebook at the moment, as it's not full of informing me what groups people have joined and what what pages people have become fans of. I've got it following plenty of people I find interesting, so theres always something new to read.
Just because you can't use it properly, doesn't mean it's crap, there are a whole wealth of interesting twitter accounts out there, for almost every interest. It doesn't even take much to find people who talk abou the kind of things you're interested in.
To be honest, if you can say it in 150 characters, I don't really think it's worth saying. I can quite happily live my life without witty asides such as 'OMFG Mars bar for lunch'
Don't have a unexpected day off work at all!
Thanks thread, cleared a few things up.
Still not going to venture into the world of Twitter quite yet though.
Twitter is really useful if you're an aspiring politician:
Endless tweets involving 4 letter swearies, "coffin dodgers" and other insults can only be good for your career
I only use my twitter for posting pictures from my phone to the internet as it seems the easiest way, just to email them to my linked twitpic account.
I only have five 'followers', and I'm pretty sure they are only following me to see pictures of my cat.
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