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.


  1. Hi Nicole: Been a long time.

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

    You say… “I donÒ€ℒt 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. Hehe πŸ™‚ I think you’ve just hit on why I don’t need to try it πŸ™‚ I can’t afford a fun addiction right now! I have way too much school work to get done.

  3. 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. 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. 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. πŸ™‚

  6. 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. 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 πŸ™

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

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