When Twitter is mentioned outside the net community, more often than not you get kind of irritated looks: What’s the point of Twitter, exactly? This sounds so useless!
(Changes after playing around with Twitter, mostly. But that’s a different story.)
Chris Brogan wrote a great brief piece on his blog, explaining the basics of what Twitter is, how it works, how it can be used – A Newbies Guide To Twitter:
Most people who see Twitter the first time either flat-out â€œget it,â€ or they say, â€œwhy bother?â€ Hereâ€™s what people miss. They believe one should read every single update that rolls across your screen of choice. Donâ€™t. Just let it roll past like a stream. Use the Replies tab and Twittersearch to make a better sense of whoâ€™s talking with you, but donâ€™t obsess over reading every little scrap. Participate when you can. Leave when you canâ€™t.
And why bother? Because thatâ€™s where the accelerated conversation is being held. Thatâ€™s where weâ€™re at (as they say). So go there, be part of the conversation, and see what Twitter does for you.
A good read. For more thoughts on Twitter, check out these posts:
- Jon Stahl:Why Facebook/Twitter/IM/Blogging etc. Might Actually Be Significant for Relationship Buildingrelationships
- Robert Basic: Twitter fÃ¼r DAUs erklÃ¤rt: HFLLC (German)
My take on Twitter?
- Twitter is so damn addictive
- Inattentive Trust: How Facebook, Twitter change social relationships
- Here’s what I’ve posted about Twitter before