Twitter–I Didn’t Get It At First Either

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A little bit over a year ago I made a statement that Twitter and text messaging were the two lowest forms of communication known to man. I think I was half right. I still feel that way about text messaging, but Twitter has made me eat my words a thousand times over.  Even though I’m completely addicted now, I remember those days when I didn’t really understand it, so I can empathize with others who don’t get it (yet).

It didn’t make sense to me that all these people would sit around describing “what they are doing right now” and anyone else would care. I think the issue was the fact that I’d heard Twitter described as “microblogging.” While I think that’s one thing Twitter can be to some people, that’s not really what it is to me. I think the best description I’ve seen is the one I saw on, well, Twitter:

twitter is like a cocktail party without the limitations of time & space…

I enjoy Twitter for the same reason I like cocktail parties–I get to hear (read) lots of interesting things from lots of interesting people.  In fact, some of the best things I pick up are the things that I “overhear”.  Oh yeah…and NEWS.

Twitter is the place I go for news.  If something is happening in the world, there is a pretty good chance someone close to the action is “tweeting” it.  Of course, I’m not getting top notch writing in 140 characters, and I’m not getting the minute details of the story, but I do get up to the second updates, and I get my interest raised to learn more.

For that reason, I think Twitter is an excellent resource for news outlets and news people, not only to push and pull information quickly, but also to find more to read and more of what others want to read.  It’s a great place to take the pulse of the news market.

Oh yeah–you can follow me on Twitter!

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  1. Amber said January 14, 2009 | Permalink

    Great explaination!


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