So why do you Twitter?
Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity – Rachel Sylvester
True or false?
Social networking sites like Twitter have taken the internet by storm, the growth has been phenomenal, eight million users in the USA alone and a 1000% expansion in the last year, for a service which is not much more than a means of sending an online SMS text message of less than 140 characters all based upon the question “What are you doing?”
Rachel’s position is that the amount of politicians using Twitter is a symptom of their lack of identity and I presume she must apply this logic to all Twitter users, but is this really the case? Some might say that it confirms an identity and allows us the good the bad and the ugly to show that they have an ordinary mundane domestic life just like the rest of us. Rachel may, I guess, join in from time to time with those who accuse politicians of not being in touch with modern youth and the failure to embrace modern technologies.
I am like a number of bloggers who in the main see Twitter as a tool, a means to drive a few more visitors to our sites with it’s ability to truncate long URLs into shortened links which people can follow to get here, and I might say that in this respect it is working a little better than Facebook which sucks people in and bogs them down in endless games, quizzes, inane photographs and videos and generally consumes and wastes a lot of time.
You will find as you look around at some Twitter aficionados that they may have lots of followers but do not reciprocate by following them, no, they have built a market of readers and each Tweat is deliberated to get those readers to come to the main website or blog, many politicians are no different, John Prescott is forever telling us that he has just published something on Go Fourth, Tom Harris shouts about links to his blog, whilst 10 Downing Street’s staff keep us updated on the movements and activities of the Prime Minister on a daily basis. Yet it is rare to find many of them engaging in a convivial chat with other Twitterers because they lead such busy lives, apart from John Prescott who appears to have little to do apart from addressing the youth of the world from his Blackberry.
Greater and lesser celebrities announce little snippets of their life in the form of Tweets and a few of them do us all the service of responding to interaction, including Stephen Fry and Will Carling, but would you find Lilly Allen swapping notes with a Tory MP?
Another thing which Rachel has not considered is the easy ability to give away too much personal information, and this applies wherever you are on the internet, too much identity can be a bad thing!
So why do you Tweat on Twitter?
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