You must have heard of Twitter: If not, it’s the latest craze for social networking.
The basis of Twitter is (supposed to be) the question “What are you doing right now?“. You answer the question – possibly in the third person – and your friends can tune in and see what you’re up to.
Yet I dislike twitter. Nobody but me needs to know what I had for dinner last night, nor what I am doing right now, nor what’s on the agenda tomorrow.
Yes, I remember when I disliked Twitter.
Whilst there is still elements that I do NOT enjoy, I have recently found it to be a great way to connect with both people and businesses in your local area, specifically relating to any project you are pursuing. I still say nobody needs to know what I had for dinner last night, yet I might still tell you!
Most recently (November 2010) I have had the good fortune to find an iron-gate manufacturer to make new gates for our backyard! I’ve also connected with local and world-wide photographers for inspiration and conversations. I’ve discussed photoshop issues with graphic-artists, food and health with friends, plus camera and tech’ support with people whom I’ve gone on to met at SocNet meetups in Adelaide.
Twitter is good for is a “people finder“. If you want to follow someone of interest, you can find them via their tweets and profile. Finding family and long-lost friends is easier; Then you can talk with them without leaving the comfort of your home.
Yet, for all that, some people need to realise a few interesting points about Twitter, and any other form of online communication:
 I may not always respond to your question/statement. It’s not because I dislike you – but because I have decided not to respond.
[2a] Take a non-response as a no. Having to send that email, twitter, SMS, etc of response to tell you I am not responding is redundant and a waste of binary code.
[2b] Respond occasionally, just to remind people that you are listening/reading. Having a weblink or friend who can help is an answer, even if always accurate – it’s a good start, and may lead to a new friendship!
 Don’t keep advertising like a news-bot. Say something real, about yourself, your day, your life. Keep it real.
This article was born from these many articles by people who have also hated Twitter for a short while – yet now can be found chatting online via many sites!
- Eric A Meyer
- Ben Buchanan – where quote above originates.
- Ben Buchanan, two weeks on.
- Scott Jangro
- Meg Pickard
- Dan Cederholm
- Gary Barber
- Derek Featherstone
- Molly E Holzschlag – formidable woman who is using twitter for all its worth.