I just read Mark Butler’s post ‘Twitter is Stupid’ on Courtney Tuttle’s blog. Woohoo, it’s creating dust already!
I do not agree with Mark, but I certainly can relate to some of the objections he has about Twitter.
Before going in to that, let me admit that I’ve managed to limit my time on social networking by setting a certain time schedule for visiting Twitter. If I can’t make it, I’ll skip Twitter and that happens quite often.
Also, when I use Twitter, or any other social network platform, I like to make sense with my remarks or shut my mouth, with the exception of a rare occasional chitchat.
Having said that, let’s go back to Mark’s post.
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For starters, his remark about ‘nothing meaningful is being said’ is true. And boy, I see a lot of those tweets.
Maybe they could mean something for someone else, especially when you’re communicating with someone you personally know?
I’m sort of playing the the devil’s advocate here, but I should admit Mark is right: there’s a lot of irrelevant data most people have little or no interest in.
Therefore I scan the tweets with Twhirl. After using it for a while, you’ll get experienced in picking the interesting tweets out of the huge batch of information. I recommend using this tool.
Another one you can try is Quotably. It tries to thread the tweets, so you can follow a conversation. It’s not working perfectly, but worth to try.
The politically correct phrased objection ‘twitter is something the A List bloggers are promoting as a way to get their groupies to follow them’ is also true to a certain extent, although you can also say that they are ‘trying to increase their own community and build a bigger network’.
They, too, want to get something out of it, like poll results, other forms of opinions and even great content. But what’s against that? It’s not mandatory, they give you a choice, don’t they?
Using exactly this strategy, one of my posts ended up at Darren Rowse’ Problogger.net. I was quite happy with that bit of extra exposure.
The second part of that objection is ‘begging (the followers) for a shred of acknowledgment with some sort of “@joeshmoe” response to a….tweet ‘.
Yeah, some do that and I don’t like it either. The A-blogger can’t help it, only recognize it.
But so many others deliver valuable responses. And it definitely is a two-way process. Only yesterday, I had Maki of DoshDosh.com subscribe to my feed as a result of my response to one of his tweets. I was quite happy with that and didn’t think of it as a waste of time on Twitter. Would you?
By the way, talking about Maki, he has one of the best blogs on the Net and I really love to read his posts. Like :
Managing Information Flow about how to prioritize information highly effectively, including tweets from Twitter.
Understanding the Value of ‘Friends’ in Social Media Websites explains what purposes friends networks serve.
What’s wrong with following these people on social media sites like Twitter? You get to know them a lot better, which makes it easier to communicate with them in a meaningful way.
And here we have arrived at the most useful benefit of using Twitter (yes, for as long as it lasts):
all people in Twitter are VERY responsive!
And let me immediately emphasize that this does not only apply to A-list bloggers, ‘guru’s or experts. It also applies to others.
Only yesterday evening, Vlad (who I already knew) of Sageblogger.com and Kerry Morrison (who I didn’t know at all) of Kmo.ca helped me out finding a teleseminar that I HAD to attend, but didn’t have the information about.
That’s just an example of many, but what makes this one so interesting is that I wasn’t on Twitter at all. Only when I discovered I didn’t receive the right information, I logged in and got what I needed within 5 minutes!
That’s making use of Twitter effectively.
No, Twitter is not stupid for me. Maybe you want to try again Mark? Oh, and you don’t use Twitter to generate traffic. You use it mainly to extend your personal network, the rest will follow.
Let’s hear what you have to say about Twitter.
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