We creatives get scared a lot. I think these are the things we can do everyday that just makes life better. You join with a free account and Twitter name. I can’t say exactly why I love it so much, but I’ve been hooked since day two. I think you either get it or you don’t. Any of those things would really provide me with some value. Over my past two years on Twitter I’ve been blessed to do the following: • Encouraged many people who have shared in tweets their sadness or frustration, • Helped a lady in Amsterdam find her lost passport, • Along with many others, helped disseminate information that fueled an “almost” revolution in Iran. Twitter is a unique being. You’re the sort of person who will find it useful, or you’re not. I don’t use twitter from a smart phone, I do it all from a desktop or when I’m out with my laptop. Because if it was, I’d be one great big Twitter failure. So that’s what it does for me. : ). Many users struggled to understand what Twitter is and how they could use it, but it has now become the social media platform of choice for many. Also, adding value could come on either end of a twitter thought. One of the best posts on Twitter use I’ve ever seen!! Hmmm. I love this! I’ve had lots of people say thank you and admit it made them feel better. Also, please share this post with others or like it on facebook. The accomplishments above on Twitter are minor in nature. Wow Courtney, that’s cool! I don’t know that I add any value to twitter, but I feel it’s like talking to myself but with the added benefit that someone else might be listening and might respond. The Twitterverse is huge. Thanks Pat for your comment. Its purpose is ultimately to spread information fast -- while that information is not always serious (Kim Kardashian's thoughts on makeup, for instance), it sometimes is (like when Iranian protesters used Twitter to assemble marches). Unfortunately, on day one I stared at a blank screen, not knowing what to do. I wouldn’t mind 1000-5000 followers, but conversing with others is the most important thing to me on Twitter. Please leave your comment below because I’d really like to know what you think. But what is the purpose of Twitter? I’ve had my account for almost a year but only started using it regularly this past January, when I launched my blog. Of couse, I also tweet sometimes where I’ve eaten and even that can add value to the restaurant owner. Twitter isn’t all about having the most followers. Twitter has grown exponentially over the past 10+ years. I think like many twitterers do, that Twitter is about adding value to others. Then you send broadcasts (tweets) daily, hourly, or as frequently as you like. Then I followed my first twitterer, tweep or whatever you call us and I was hooked. Whether that is in real life or in the Twitterverse. I’ve read a LOT of good articles and blog posts I found through Twitter (like this one! Thanks Carrie. It’s a big world out there, and making ourselves vulnerable freaks us out. A friend once said, “You have to count your daily victories, even the small ones.” I say the same about “adding value.” A person, some person, can find value in just about everything. Young users flocked to Twitter as a means to communicate quickly, effectively and with a variety of levels of privacy. I probably am more a digester of tweets rather than a producer of anything. You are absolutely right with every word you say. Chris Brogan is a Writer, but Didn’t I Know that Already? Thanks again for your comment. Great points. Those interviews — and the resulting promotion — wouldn’t have happened without Twitter! I also like that new term, tweetlings. © 2020 Brian Thomas Humek. Digest away. As to what I do for my Tweetlings (as I like to call them ; ) — I focus mostly on providing and RTing content for my fellow writers and other Creatives. I really do love twitter. But in a way, Twitter imitates life and life should always be about adding value. It is both and it's good at being both because it is both. I’m not the kind of person who wants to discuss my interests with random strangers. Twitter is a unique being. As for the value you add, I think it’s priceless to be able to help creative people come out of their shells and share their art with others. You may even mention something in a tweet and a very observant person may say, “This person could use some info or link I have.” They’ll then send it to you and you’ll receive the value. I can’t say exactly why I love it so much, but I’ve been hooked since day two. It’s fun to take part in some of the hilarious or stupid #hashtags, but for me, I want to offer some help when the opportunity arises, some interesting content when I can, and levity anytime it is worthwhile. The other thing I do use Twitter for is education, both mine and others. At that point, Twitter will lose a lot of its value to me. Twitter is easy to use as either broadcaster or receiver. Does Your Church Need a Freelance Social Media Manager? Makes me want to help Biz Stone get more people using this wonderful medium. I have about 300 followers and I follow almost as many. How Twitter Works . How about you? if that’s the sort of thing you like, you probably get it. How to use Twitter – A Guide for Facebook Users. Now, I understand the purpose of facebook, it’s to play Farmville. I’ve gotten hooked on FB and do have a Twitter account, but don’t get it on it very much. But we’re at our creative best when we don’t let that intimidate us. I guess I’m still learning what Twitter is really about for me. Yep. Do what you do best and the value to others will come. So, I don’t “get” Twitter. I still dont get it. And that’s good. Mark Zuckerberg Thanks You, Twitter Tips: Don’t Cut Off the Links in Your Tweets. Over the past two years I’ve taken long breaks from Twitter due to computer problems. • Put forth an effort, along with many others (especially @Ziabatsu) to stop a woman from committing suicide in Indonesia. you may see someone who’s having a bad day and do what I do, I send them a post with this video in it. I love to know the twitter history of my readers. : ). Nice to see i’m not the only one who gives a s… about the numbers. Numbers aren’t important. I also do not have a lot of followers, and I like it that way. Some may scoff at that notion. Been reading lately about how it’s overrated, or in money trouble. After all, look at the size of his … list of followers. Why do i care what people are doing every single minute? And when we support each other. Yeah, it’s small. Virgin Galactic Crash Was Not Due to Explosion. I think Twitter is a great way to learn new things. Even if all you do is tell dumb jokes on Twitter, you’re adding value to some sad follower of yours. Twitter’s a great place for connecting with people — and two of my connections are interviewing me about my writing, my newly published novel, and my blogging. These are exactly my views and visions of Twitter. All Rights Reserved. If I can tweet something that helps someone out of that darkness, I feel like I’ve accomplished something and used the medium in the best way I can. Then I followed my first twitterer, tweep or whatever you call us and I was hooked. I get worried that someday I’ll have too many, and it’ll become too difficult to have real interactions with people there anymore. Sometimes it may not even be who you follow who has the education, but they might know who has it, and then they share it via tweets. Of course, it isn’t Facebook, and praise God for that. But what is the purpose of Twitter? Should You Buy Virgin America ($VA) for the Long Haul? $LUV Southwest Airlines Will Take Off Again, UK Could Bloody Well Leave the EU – Says Merkel. Do you add value to the lives of your followers? Top Ten Tweets About Pizza (from Pizzaspotz.com), Sending Traffic to Facebook? Thanks so much for the insight…and the ENCOURAGEMENT to keep up in a medium that I love too! Brian, Some might say, “Oh, he doesn’t know much about Twitter. I look for things I didn’t know, and I share what I think others might want to know. Thank you for clarifying some of the uses of Twitter. It’s all about following the right people who have a great deal of education to share. Thanks. Go to the What's Happening box next to your profile … ), and for me there is no value you can place on all that content. : ). Free publicity, right? what can i say? Twitter has become increasingly popular with academics as well as students, policymakers, politicians and the general public. However, I think those things are what Twitter is about or how it should be used. I went through a period of denying my own creativity, and I know I have followers who are in that place right now. Hey Brian, great words. Am exploring ways to connect blogging, FB posts, and tweets, so you have definitely added value to my search. • Offered good content via tweeted links and re-tweeted links. Unfortunately, on day one I stared at a blank screen, not knowing what to do. What Are You Teaching Your Twelve Year Old?
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