Monday, July 25, 2011

I don't GET Twitter.

Twitter is for people you like but don't know; Facebook is for people you know but don't like.
~I can't remember where I heard this, or I'd credit it appropriately.  But I like it!
(P.S. - I like my Facebook friends.  Most of them anyway.)

I would like to understand how to use Twitter better.  I have a Twitter account, new people are "following" me there almost every day.  I feel a bit of a responsibility to figure it out.  Where can I sign up for Twitter 101?

I hardly ever do anything on Twitter except for post blog posts.  I'm not sure what else to do.  It's all the inane posts from people I follow, I think, that are confusing me.

And then there are all the symbols.  OH, THE SYMBOLS!  Every "tweet" has a bunch of pound signs and slashes and random numbers and very cryptic and abbreviated web addresses and wordsallstrungtogetherwithnospaces.   Very hard to read.  Or am I just too literate for it?  If I were a member of the texting generation (i.e., under 30), would it all make more sense?  When did communicating start to require knowledge of a secret code?  It's making me crazy.

I understand the suggestions of who to follow.  But the Trends -- what exactly is that?  Is that what people on Twitter are talking about right now?  Should I care about that?  Or is it just a time waster, like 80% of the internet?

 I hear about things on Twitter all the time that sound interesting, but don't often see anything interesting, when I'm on there.  Am I not following the right people?  Or am I just following too many people?  How do I sort through to find what really might be interesting to me?

And then there's the Anthony Weiners of the world, getting into trouble for posting things to all their Twitter followers when they meant to post them to just one individual.  I wasn't born yesterday (or the day before).  I would never post anything "questionable" anyway, individually or to all.  But how does one "tweet" something to just one person?

I think Facebook is easier.

Can anyone offer me a lesson or two on Twitter?

1 comment:

Faydra said...

Ha! This post caused me to log into my twitter account for the first time in forever.... The quote u started with is exactly right! I think I don't tweet much bc I don't have a smart phone and something that is smart and clever and tweet worthy in the moment feels old later on. Meanwhile stuff I post to fb is for my friends to know what's going on...

As for some of your questions - I can address the trending issue - if enough people hashtag the same thing it trends. I just hashtagged #summercold in my last tweet and then clicked on it to see who else in the twitterverse also has a summer cold. I think this is another way people start following strangers on twitter.

That's all I got. I'm not a big twitterer!


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