Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is Twitter Worth the Time?

You might have seen (based on the right side bar of this blog) that I've joined Twitter. My roommate Roy was a big influence in that decision. I wrestled with doing it for a while because I already have this blog and wondered about the temptation to fuel narcissistic thought or to have one more way to be in a virtual community rather than an actual one. While I'm still trying to figure out how I want to use it, I do think I want to stick to it and use it redemptively.

I've interacted with a several people who question the benefit of Twitter and whether or not it will last. I ran across this article entitled "Twitter Quitters Just Don't Get It." Among other things, it states what Nielsen online research found that 60% of new users leave within the first month. Here's a couple paragraphs better explaining the uses of Twitter:
"In my opinion, the most commonly heard complaints about Twitter stem from a misunderstanding of it. Chief among these complaints is the utterly bunk assertion that it's just a whole bunch of people heralding the trivial events of their daily lives into the void. (i.e., "I'm going to the bathroom now!" or "Eating a yummy ham sandwich!") Frankly, if that's how you're using Twitter, you're doing it wrong, and you should stop without subjecting your friends to a full week of that rubbish, let alone a full month.

Another prevailing myth about Twitter is that it's just an expression of our collective narcissism, and that we're all just tweeting to hear ourselves tweet. In reality, though, the overwhelming majority of users follow far more people than follow them. And if you're tweeting more than you're reading, there's a good chance nobody's following you."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:13 AM

    his second to last sentence is self-defeating. draw it out on paper and you'll see it makes no sense.