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So why do you Twitter?

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Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity – Rachel Sylvester

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March 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

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  1. I find Twitter incredibly boring and innane and, while I agree that some people really shouldn’t bother, huge generalisations like this aren’t particularly helpful.

    Letters From A Tory

    March 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

  2. Twitter has helped bring new visitors to my blogs, and I have also found out some interesting stuff from following organisations on the network amd linking to stories and blogs that I might not have read otherwise.

    I think if you can get something out of it, then you find it interesting and/or useful, if not, it probably doesn’t hold the interest like Facebook other sites because it is simplistic.

    Like all Internet fads, Twitter will be superseded by the next “craze” within 12-18 months.


    March 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

  3. Twitter is what you make of it. In some ways, it’s like a party at your house. If you invite vain, boring celebrities, and sycophantic politicians, you’ll be bored. If you invite interesting people who know the meaning of “relevant,” you can learn a great deal in a very short period of time.

    But the best analogy to Twitter is a semi-public bulletin board, where you decide who gets to post notices. No one I follow posts the “what I had for lunch today” “gawd I need coffee” variety tweets. Most of them are well-read internet mavens who catch interesting stuff I might miss and post it. I don’t follow every link, not even 20% of them, but my work as a blogger is enriched amazingly by their contributions.

    Blue Gal

    March 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

  4. Joshua Allen Green epitomizes what Twitter is for me: an alternate source for humor & thought provocation. I rarely follow links that appear to be blog post pointers, and, interestingly, the people I follow don’t frequently post links to blog posts. There are enough means for driving traffic without polluting Twitter; but there again is Twitter’s shining achievement: I control the pollution I see.

    To Ms. Sylvester’s comment, I’ll have to say that she’s either not participated or is following all the wrong people.

    Daniel Black

    March 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm

  5. Tom Watson, for example, adds considerable value to his blogging by posting links etc. to his Twitter feed.

    One purpose is as a more convenient/immediate version of link-blogging.

    Matt Wardman

    March 11, 2009 at 5:21 am

  6. I haven’t really thought about why I Twitter, but I’ve just posted a few reasons why it’s not very useful at all as a local newspaper reporter…

    David MacLean

    March 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  7. I am a big Twitter fan, the open platform offers so much DIY potential : it way easier to create apps / bots on Twitter than it is on Facebook … and that was already a big jump from … developping an entire site 🙂
    I just published a small presentation on innovative uses of Twitter and what I think could be key success factors :
    I use it a few times per day, to share a bookmark, a thought, or a picture. I like having a different alternative to email, skype, etc… And on Twitter you still get a lot more attention 🙂

    Amaury de Buchet

    March 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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