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Mar - 17 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

So, last week I’m working from home and one of my IT staff sends me an IM. It says “I don’t get Twitter”. So I reply “What are you talking about?” – I admit that until she had mentioned it, I had no idea what it was. So I went to the site – I read what it had to say – and I said “What am I missing? I don’t get Twitter.” Then I read 2 posts that cleared things up – I’m not missing a thing! Twitter is a 2.0 service that helps you notify people of what you’re doing … are you wondering what you’re missing??

So a couple of days ago I read a post by Rob Styles in which he stated: “What an annoying piece of crap. I struggled to find any motivation to update mine – to twitter.” Then today I found John Blyberg’s post in which he says: “I say Twitter is the Paris Hilton of the social web. Slutty and unfortunate. The basest manifestation of the culture and systems it represents.”

If you’re like me – and you don’t (or didn’t) get Twitter – have no fear, we’re apparently not missing much. In short – I don’t think I need to try Twitter.

10 Responses so far.

  1. Hi Nicole: Been a long time.

    Great comments on Twitter. This is exactly what we all need to hear.

    You say… “I don’t think I need to try Twitter”

    But you know about it, which is just as important, IMO.

    Personally, I love Twitter. It’s fun, annoying, and addictive. We all have our infatuations. Twitter is mine…for now.

  2. Nicole says:

    Hehe :) I think you’ve just hit on why I don’t need to try it :) I can’t afford a fun addiction right now! I have way too much school work to get done.

  3. JanieH says:

    It seems like with twitter there is either infatuation or disdain, but little middle road.

    Like you, I heard about twitter, checked it out and decided that I had no time for it in my life and that I saw little purpose to the world knowing that I was about to teach a class or make dinner or any other mundane task in my life. But I do consider it important as a technology trainer to be aware of the newest tools and to at least read about them and understand them — so I gave twitter 20 minutes of my life and am ready to move on.

  4. Meredith says:

    I could not agree more. I don’t have enough time to really use Facebook, Ning, SecondLife or any of the other hot networking/virtual world tools, so I definitely don’t want to invest time in another one. But it’s also just that I don’t understand the appeal — which I do understand with the ones I listed above. Maybe I’m just not interested in that level of self-disclosure. Maybe we all have different self-disclosure boundaries. To each his (or her) own.

  5. Dauna says:

    Ha! Saw Twitter on a friend’s blog today.

    I get what it is, just don’t understand why people need to know what you do every second of the day. I mean, isn’t that what a blog is for? To tell them about your day without all the meaningless minutiae?

    Ah well, some will use it and others won’t… I’ll just be in the latter category. :)

  6. Emily says:

    How about this?

    Hypothetical scenario. I embed a Twitter widget into my blog (I have seen this done). When I want to give my friends/family a quick update, I text a sentence to Twitter. It shows up on my blog. I didn’t even have to go to a computer to add a new blog post. And it’s not archived for all time in my blog.

    I can’t see this in use on a professional blog, but I could see using it this way on a personal blog. It’s amazing how much more in touch you feel with family/friends when you hear about what they’re doing every day. That’s nice for people like me – I’m a full day’s drive (14 hours) away from any of my family members, and I don’t have time to call them up on the phone every day.

  7. Nicole says:

    I should mention my other reason for not using Twitter – I have to pay for text messages with my phone. I don’t want to pay for the 1000 text messages a month, so I don’t – which means each message costs me money :(

    I can see how that might be handy if you weren’t in my predicament.

  8. Alison says:

    Yeah, I am a little behind on my feed-reading. (Aren’t we all?) Anwyay I didn’t really see the point of Twitter, either. But since I knew about it I got the joke:

    http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/939.html

    :)

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