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Twitter

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Begbie, 12 Apr 2010.

  1. Begbie

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2004

    Posts: 24,920

    Location: ....

    What am I missing?

    And what is it all about?

    Is it just for people who like to stalk famous people?
     
  2. MacRS4

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Dec 2008

    Posts: 2,478

    Location: London

  3. shauncr91

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Dec 2007

    Posts: 11,456

    Location: Sheffield

    Facebook with less features and more famous people.

    That's what your missing.
     
  4. bmi92

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Jan 2010

    Posts: 994

    I found it useless when I signed up. I had no followers :(
     
  5. meghatronic

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Nov 2002

    Posts: 16,379

    Location: 38.744281°N 104.846806°W

    I can't see the point for me personally, but ignore it at your peril if you're in PR/Media/Government etc.
     
  6. Abraham

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Dec 2002

    Posts: 7,646

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    If you've nothing useful to say then that's probably the best way, nothing to stop you following interesting people/feeds though.
     
  7. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 9 Jan 2007

    Posts: 163,805

    Location: Londinium

  8. GravyMonster

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,446

    Location: The land of milk & beans

    I use it to get F1/Motorsport news and web development trends.

    The only remotely famous person on my list is Cheryl Kerl.
     
  9. Abraham

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Dec 2002

    Posts: 7,646

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    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.
     
  10. UncertainGod

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Jan 2010

    Posts: 133

    It's a utterly superb news source and gives you a overview of what is happening on this ****ty little rock we call Earth.
     
  11. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 12,524

    Location: France, Alsace

    @randomshenans

    :D
     
  12. markweatherill

    Mobster

    Joined: 16 Jun 2009

    Posts: 2,567

    Location: Bucks

    There's a difference between:
    I'm a celebrity, therefore I'm on Twitter.
    and
    I'm on Twitter, therefore I'm a celebrity.
     
  13. J1234

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,800

    Missing nothing, it's crap.
     
  14. chrisxuk

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Nov 2008

    Posts: 3,742

    Location: ctf_2Fort

    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.

    @chriscooper45
     
  15. Abraham

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Dec 2002

    Posts: 7,646

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    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.
     
  16. IceBus

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,817

    Location: , Washington DC

    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'
     
  17. Begbie

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2004

    Posts: 24,920

    Location: ....

    Don't have a unexpected day off work at all! :p

    Thanks thread, cleared a few things up.

    Still not going to venture into the world of Twitter quite yet though.
     
  18. matt_fsr

    Soldato

    Joined: 20 Jul 2005

    Posts: 5,710

    Location: Durham

  19. Ahleckz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Nov 2009

    Posts: 18,290

    Location: Glasgow

    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.
     
  20. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 12,524

    Location: France, Alsace

    lolcatz?