As I signed up, I asked myself “What is the point of Twitter?” Despite my lack of knowledge on the application, I went ahead and made my first “tweet”.
Within 5 minutes, I had a follower. Really?? I post one sentence and you want to know everything I have to say? You can bet I’m going to delete my account once I’m done blogging this.
Doing some research, I find that my question has been brought up elsewhere. Here are 9 answers that journalist Paul Bradshaw gives us:
- It’s a great way to publish to mobile devices;
- it’s a social networking tool to make contacts and carry on conversations;
- it’s a way of discovering new information (through tips and leads);
- it’s a great way to follow what’s happening through your mobile (set Twitter up to send you mobile updates)
- It’s a way of organising people
- It’s a great way of reporting from a live event or other occasions when you only have your phone
- You can aggregate a number of twitter feeds to one collective feed of what a group of people are doing
- You can push an RSS feed into twitter, creating a mobile/social network update
- For bloggers, it’s a good place to put thoughts and ideas that are so brief you wouldn’t normally blog them
From that list, I personally only agree with a few. Twitter is good for communication via a mobile device. But seriously, “It’s a way of organizing people?” I have these things called friends. In fact, I know them well enough that I don’t need to organize them. Twitter is just dehumanizing the communication between people.
A majority of the reasons given here have better solutions. I have carried on conversations for ages on instant messengers. I network through LinkedIn and occasionally through Facebook. If an idea is too short to blog about, is it even worth mentioning? A Facebook status update can provide many of the features here. Facebook also provides the ability to provide pictures and videos, which results in a more personal communication.
In summary, I personally feel there are better ways to tell everyone every little detail about your life. Other applications are better at solving the human’s need for communication than Twitter.
Click here to find some more reasons why people think twitter is useful.