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30 Twitter tips hath September: How has Twitter changed your life?

September 18, 2009

In September, we’re offering a Twitter tip a day. Send us your thoughts and suggestions.

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Day 18: Why do you love Twitter? Hate it?
Tell us in the comments.

I read, “Why I Love Twitter,” a post on John Garrett’s (@garrett98) blog that explains why he loves microblogging. For him, it’s about connecting. As a born networker, he uses Twitter as a natural extension of that ability. Meet strangers, start conversations, talk business or hockey. Even introverts like me find it easier to chat it up online than face to face.

I love Twitter’s data. I’m an info nerd, so being able to comb through real-time data (which we’ll talk about soon) is fascinating and potentially valuable. Even just simple questions about what people watch on television or how something works yield great answers.

I hate trying to express complex thoughts in Twitter (which is fortunate, since I have so few). Dialogue is great, but for me often unfulfilling when executed in short replies. It’s why I typically stay out of organized chats. And why I do love blogging.

And it has changed my life. It helps me embrace a culture about sharing, rather than just taking. And for being more visible (which is tough for a private person like me).

So why do you love Twitter? Why do you hate it? Has it changed your life? Now’s your chance to sound off (without a 140-character limit).

Follow @WadeOnTweets for more Twitter fun.
30 Twitter tips hath September

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. blissbait permalink
    September 18, 2009 10:41 am

    I’ve yet to squeek out my first few tweets. I just don’t ‘get’ it. But I know SO many people LOVE it. Go figure, and Bon Voyage to all you electro birds flying over my head!!!

    Thank You.

    May All Beings Be Happy.

    • September 18, 2009 12:16 pm

      Ah, but you do get it. You’re just sharing it in a different form.

      Many of your blog posts on Bliss Bait are small and tweetable. Maybe you could share your favorite online art sites and inspirational quotes via Twitter. (And, of course, tell us your Twitter name.)

      Follow more people that inspire you. And you can copy what they do.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. July 5, 2010 7:46 pm

    I’m loving twitter because it is allowing me to meet new people and learn new information which I wouldn’t have had a chance to meet otherwise. I’m still learning, but it is a great experience.

  3. September 18, 2011 2:55 pm

    I hate being on Twitter. (This despite having owned or managed nearly 100 different accounts).

    To me, Twitter trumps Facebook in encouraging people to complain, posture, snipe, and humble brag, and the effect is disingenuous and irritating. Visiting Twitter gives me nearly instantaneous social media fatigue. I also think Twitter encourages those insular cliques we have in Birmingham’s online community.

    But–I have met a lot of interesting and cool people in person, facilitated by Twitter. I would love to find a way to meet those people without having to wade through all the muck.

    • September 18, 2011 3:45 pm

      The best suggestion I can make is to be very picky in who you follow. I don’t follow everyone back, and I think that’s why it’s still an interesting place for me to visit.

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