To twitter or not to twitter?
Posted by: Caféstudy
23rd Apr 2014 10:47am
Recently we asked you your thoughts on twitter. We wanted to find out if you use it, and if so, what for?
Twitter is a mystery to many of you. You ask - what is the point of it? The most common reaction is to just brush it off as ‘just another social networking site.’....’I don’t have any reason to go on it’.....‘what is the point of it.’ It would appear that plenty of you have set up a twitter account and then don’t really know what to do with it. After a few vague attempts at tweeting you give up and revert back to Facebook.
Several of you say that the reason for not using twitter is that you don’t want your thoughts out there for everyone to read......but interestingly you are OK with sharing personal stories and photos on Facebook . And unlike Facebook, twitter profiles only show one side of the conversation. The limit of 140 characters also puts some people off. And your overwhelming perception of twitter is of a self-promotional tool used by extroverts and attention seekers, or those with too much time on their hands. Paul says “I find it to be a vain expression by a lot of insecure people intent on expressing uninteresting facts about themselves.”
Of course there are those who do use it. Hamfish says “twitter is great for getting news as it happens I find – be that sport or breaking news.” bomber_drum says “I use twitter regularly to follow celebrities, mainly AFL players. It gives a look into the players personalities.” Those with their own businesses also find it useful as a promotional tool.
Yazzie8686 makes a good point. “Unless someone’s views are so important to you in a particular sphere, like politics or a cause, it’s kinda boring.” Perhaps Twitter is not just another social networking site, but is more about communicating with and staying informed about specific things, whether it be a good cause, political party, sports team or celebrity, or something else. Those of you who are using it regularly almost always are using it in this way.
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