If Twitter Was A Person, What Kind Of A Friend Would Twitter Be?

Imagine

Let's imagine Twitter is a person, rather than a social media network that I log on to every day. Let's even go a step further than creating a human form. Imagine Twitter is a friend of ours. What a kind of a friend would Twitter be?

Well, Twitter would certainly be best buddies with its founder Jack Dorsey, a friendship that began back in 2006. I became friendly with Twitter in 2011, which makes me a newer friend in comparison to Dorsey.

The cool crowd.
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Popular

Remember the kids in high school whose yearbooks everyone wanted to sign? I believe Twitter would have been part of the "cool" crowd. Twitter is popular.

In January of 2012, close to 500 million accounts were registered on Twitter. Now that's a lot of new friends for my pal named Twitter. I realize that I would have to wait in line in order to carve out time with Twitter as that friend of mine has a lot of connections.

Responsive

But, wait. Although a popular kid, Twitter is very responsive to my needs. Whenever I write a "tweet" (a public electronic message) on the social network, it appears in real time. There is no time delay. Even when I want to chat privately over the direct messaging feature, Twitter still operates in real time.

Instant communication exists with Twitter. What a good friend! When I need my friend, there he is. Or is Twitter a "she"? I have not decided on the gender. Yet.

A good listener.
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Easy To Talk To

Twitter is easy to talk to, which I consider a quality of a good friend.

For example, Twitter is a good listener. Twitter never interjects when I send out a tweet. I am allowed to send out the message without interruption and my tweet automatically appears in the electronic feed.

As well, Twitter allows me to be very specific in my statements, which makes for high quality conversation. I can add hash-tags to my tweets that categorize them and let readers know what information I am discussing in my text.

I can add media links as well to expand on my text. Twitter has various tools available to help me. A useful friend too!

Fast Moving

Sometimes, however, my friendship with Twitter leaves me feeling tired at the end of the day.

The electronic feed moves fast, especially with the large number of connections formed on the website. The tweets are limited to 140 characters and many people send several tweets over the course of an hour.

It can be difficult to keep up with the tweets of one person. When a tweeting conversation does begin, the communication is fast-moving as the short messages are quickly sent back and forth over the real-time format. Responsiveness is good, but the Ping-Pong action can leave me eyes tired from darting around the Twitter screen.

Twitter, you sure move fast for being just over five years old.

Ping-Pong conversation.
Ping-Pong conversation. | Source

The Friend

Twitter has many friendly characteristics.

Twitter is popular yet is an easy one to engage with in dialogue. Conversations can be quick ones though, so I have to be quick to keep up with my friend Twitter! A reliable friend, Twitter is there for me each morning and is ready to talk with me in real time. I look forward to watching my friend Twitter grow up, and the changes that will occur over the years.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

You are a social media guru Lee! I have one account and that is keeping me busy as is :) Twitter is a busy person! If you wish to connect on Twitter please do find me, my handle is @christybis . Thanks for the comments and for your share here Lee, it's nice to see you.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Great Hub Christy. I love Twitter, I actually have 3 accounts and getting ready to add a fourth. Some new good things are getting ready to happen to Twitter including being able to add a direct link right into an article which is already in beta use which I am in. Pretty awesome. But as I have commented often to Twitter techs, Twitter still needs lots of "tweaking". Even for very experienced people like myself, you can run into road blocks from time to time especially with re-tweets, assigning list, real time chat and direct tweets to mention a few and I have been on Twitter for five years. I find most newbies are almost horrified by the 148 character limit, sending photos,oddities of the symbols, language and many are not even aware that you actually have an actual page like FB or Google+. Since I maintain and build web and blog sites many of my clients are absolutely scared to death by it sometimes. But now that Twitter has acquired Posterous, there will soon be vast additional changes making Twitter somewhat akin in style to Pinterest which right now is giving FB, Twitter and Google+ a run literally for their social network money.

If Twitter was a person...? Well I'd have to say he'd definitely be a friend, a good friend but a friend I sometimes love to hate....LOL. Great job, you are quite the writer. I voted UP all across. Lee


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Made, yes you may want to try befriending Twitter again, I think he is easy to get along with!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for the compliments you give me and my hub! Twitter and you are acquaintances but I hope you and I will be friends :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I use Twitter regularly, but I don't spend much time with this friend. Maybe I should?! Nice hub.


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THEHuG5 4 years ago

Twitter would be a friend who sometimes repeat things that you say (retweets) to other people. I don't know if I'd want to be besties with Twitter but would could be acquaintances. Great unique hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Sunshine, your reactions to the tweets are spot-on! You just never know what you will read on there! Thanks for your comment and share of my hub, much appreciated.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Alecia, yes Facebook ads can get overwhelming can't they? Thanks for sharing your opinion on Twitter here and stopping by to comment :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Jeannieinabottle, poor Twitter is hurt now.. no just kidding, the tone here is playful and I'm glad you played right along with the words. Thanks!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Nell, Twitter does have a different way of communicating than does Facebook. I think personally it is good to have a combination of communication methods. Thanks for your comment!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks Marc for the tip and the read today. I have heard about Social Oomph but have not looked farther than the name yet. I'll add it to the list!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi walkc, Twitter is a great method of quick communication with people you may never have met otherwise. I do encourage you to at least try the network, but I understand that Facebook does appeal to you in other ways too.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Teaches, I appreciate your support of this hub. I'm glad you enjoyed the twist!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Vinaya, you offer a great explanation of Twitter. It is a social network which means making connections with friends as well as using it for professional purposes. Thanks for the comment here.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks emilybee, I do think there is a lot to explore on Twitter. Give him/her a chance to be your friend too!


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

I think Twitter would be the annoying little sister... always wanting to come along but possibly annoying and causing you time - i have started trying Social Oomph, like Twitter's road manager on steroids, it schedules automated tweets - try it, you'll love it, if you can figure it out!


walkc 4 years ago from All Over

Nice hub. I have never used Twitter . I do use FB to keep in touch with old friends and former coworkers . But Twitter in my opinion is a little pointless . I don't want to tell people every move I make on the world wide web .


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your personification of the word was a great twist in presenting this topic. It is a popular SM and does hold attraction as being a friend. I enjoyed the read.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

very interesting point of view. I find twitter helpful not only to promote my online articles, but also connect with wonderful people and express myself in few words.


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emilybee 4 years ago

I really don't know what kind of a friend Twitter would be. Twitter confused me, lol. But interesting things to consider now..maybe I'll go learn a thing or two about Twitter. Thanks and voted up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Twitter is too impersonal, but facebook is a friendly place where you can chat and see whats going on, maybe I don't use it properly! lol!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I feel like Twitter is that friend you have, but you always wonder why you hang out with him because he never has anything interesting to say. Wow. That was harsh. If Twitter were a real person, I would have really hurt his feelings. Twitter is just not for me. Facebook is way better. However, sometimes I wish I could kick it old style with MySpace again. Cute hub and voted up!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I think Twitter is a real direct friend who will be there no matter what while Facebook is the popular girl who eventually gets on your nerves after awhile. They both have their place but I like how Twitter is more about the nuts and bolts of things rather than all this filler that Facebook has. Interesting article.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Twitter is a know-it-all friend who could give us a quick answer and not carry on with useless filler words. Twitter makes us smile, laugh, say WTF? No way! Yay! Twitter is da bomb!!

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