Figuring out Twitter

April 14th, 2011

A while back, I asked folks over on my other blog to talk to me about Twitter. I do use it, but felt I hadn’t quite “gotten” it yet: it continued to feel like an inferior version of Facebook. But I’ve finally figured out the difference: while Facebook is great for following people and maintaining relationships, Twitter is better for following topics and events. Keeping up with news in your field(s) of interest, or tuning in to voices coming out of a scene of revolution or disaster. It’s a news feed, not a community bulletin board or cafe.


3 Responses to “Figuring out Twitter”

  1. Lisa on April 16, 2011 8:18 pm

    I have to ask, what client do you use? Something like Tweetdeck, with its list function in horizontally viewable columns, does make it possible to follow actual human beings. As a fan of human beings, that’s how I use the platform.

  2. Robin on April 17, 2011 10:35 am

    My husband uses Tweetdeck, but I haven’t started yet. There are some people I follow because I think they’re hilarious–I was going to say who, but I retweet them pretty often, so you can figure it out. I like human beings, too, and I do really enjoy following writers and actors whom I like, hearing their random thoughts. (Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson’s tweets are better than “The Office” itself, these days.)

  3. Lisa on April 17, 2011 1:52 pm

    I follow Daniel Jae Kim. Largely because I like seeing his avatar on a daily basis:). If you switch to Tweetdeck, I’ll be curious to see if your perception changes.

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