Why Twitter?

If you haven’t given Twitter a look, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s a free Web application with transformative potential.

If you have given Twitter a look, and weren’t impressed, or just didn’t get it, I’d recommend trying it again. Consider this quote from Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute: “I have hated Twitter for more than a year. It always seemed silly and a waste of time. But having used it steadily for about three weeks, I find it is a great way for me to pass along quick story ideas as they develop throughout the day.”

It took me a couple-three weeks to begin to see the possibilities, too.

What is Twitter?
If you’re a FaceBook user, I’d compare it to the “Status Updates” box on your FaceBook page—that’s the general idea, in the same way that a theater is something like a TV.

The two videos that follow help to convey what Twitter is all about. View the first one (about 2.5 minutes) for a good overview, the second (11 min.) for implications and for ideas of how to use the service yourself.

By the way, here’s where you can find me on Twitter. (That link is always available under “Social Network Pages” in the sidebar of this blog, too.)

Jack Dorsey Presents Twitter from biz stone on Vimeo.

3 thoughts on “Why Twitter?

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  • August 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the comment. I’d suggest, however, that people said the same about the phone when it first came into vogue. And what I find refreshing about Twitter (and other social networks) is what it lets me see about friends and colleagues that I never saw before—as well as following Mars Rover updates and Poynter headlines. Sorry we’ll miss you on Twitter, Kerry M., but happy to see you on this blog! 😀

  • August 21, 2008 at 2:37 am

    This can only accelerate the dumbing-down of America. If you want to be “closer to your loved ones,” send them a hand-written card, bring them flowers, take them to lunch or call them on the telephone. We should not spend our time obsessing — and yes, I think this qualifies as obsessing — over every move our friends make. That time can be much better spent on self-improvement, free-thought, sleep, planting a tree – heck even brushing your teeth once more a day has to be better than this. Mark my words, you will never see me on Twitter.

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