I love Twitter. (Follow me @emd5005).
I’m on it as much as possible. I love learning what others’ are doing with their days, how they are doing, and why they are doing it. I even love the occassional retweet of a killer article or blog post, or learning about how a plane “landed” in the Hudson River before it was being reported by the television news.
Ten Reasons Why I Love Twitter
- It serves as my virtual group of cubicles. Since I work at home, I miss the social aspect of the office. I miss sharing the cool sites I find, and stories about my dogs, and stories about others’ lives. Twitter provides me with a virtual version of the talk over the water cooler.
- My friends keep me company. Yes, this is extremely similar to the first point. But not only do I like communicating to my virtual office, I love hearing the office buzz.
- My friends recommend only the best sites. And the best sites usually have a RT (retweet) in front of them.
- Provides me with a polling audience. Do you need a few quotes for a blog post? Just ask your followers what they think and you’ll have an instant array.
- Answers my question immediately. If I need a definition of something, or advice on the SAP software I’ve been working on, etc, I ask my twitter audience first. Even with as small a audience that I have (143 followers)- there’s always somebody that’s willing to help out.
- To use as a search engine. Sometime, if I need a quick question answered quick, like who won Best Actor at the Oscar’s last night, I ask Twitter instead of dealing with Google.
- To search for somebody that can help me. Twitter is like a directory of professional help. Need a superb press release writer? Shoemoney asked and was immediately bombarded with referrals for @newspapergrl. Need a company to sell you live rock for your saltwater aquarium? I didn’t even ask and I got contacted.
- Great place to announce blog posts. Twitter can be just another medium, and a successful one, to announce your newest blog posts to the world. Using Twitterfeed, you can set your Twitter account to do this with no effort from you.
- A terrific way to communicate with your favorite brands. Follow @starbucks, or @JetBlue for a truly personalized and interactive conversation with the companies.
- Endless Possibilities. With Twitter improving, and hundreds of Twitter applications being created, who knows what we’ll be able to do with twitter in 6 months. The thought of its potential is overwhelming.
What I’ve Had Enough Of
But I have to say it-I’ve had enough of Twitter. It’s the next big thing, and every big social marketer won’t shut up about it. In my RSS feed- it seems as if 25% of the posts are about Twitter. And that would be great if they were all unique takes on the subject. But there’s countless twitter posts on how to get people to follow you, how to use it for marketing, and how often / if you should retweet.
1 Thing I Hate About Twitter
- Enough is enough. I’m on Twitter Overload. Stop telling me how twitter is like your uncle Fred.
If you’re going to write about Twitter, Don’t fit in with the clutter. Stand out from the crowd and dare to be different!
Some Posts About Twitter I Really Love
- JetBlue Engages in Real Conversation on Twitter– a real story about a JetBlue conversation originating through Twitter.
- 5 Interesting Uses of Twitter– Some interesting takes / cases on the Twitter concept.
- Journalists Still a-Twitter About Social Media– a post on PBS’s Mediashift claiming Twitter is “journalism’s Obama.”
- Twitter to Start Charging Companies for Having an Account? News stories is something I don’t mind reading about Twitter.
- How to Not Pay Attention on Twitter– a story about how not paying attention to the twitter conversation, and then jumping in, can be embarrassing.
What do you think about all the Twitter posts that are saturating the blogosphere? Do you not mind them? Welcome them? What are some of your favorite Twitter posts? I’d love to read them, and post them here for others to read, as well!