I just do not understand the hype behind Twitter - Someone pls explain

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  1. BundleBoy profile image71
    BundleBoyposted 14 years ago

    I am a great fan of social networking and Web 2.0 but simply do not understand the hype behind Twitter. I read on Digg today Twitter might get its own TV Show, yes TV SHOW. Even Twitter creator Jack Dorsey thinks it is going a little over board.

    Can any Twitter fanboy/fangirl explain to me what this is all about?

    Or am I getting old?

    1. Mireille G profile image61
      Mireille Gposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well I am no girl (anymore), and I do not care for social media much. FaceBook and such have lost me a long time ago, and then came Twitter. Well this old bird likes it. The more I use it the more I find to like about it.
      I have written a few things about Twitter that can perhaps clear some questions you have about why it is so popular. May I invite you to visit Tweet Chatter

    2. TrinaLynne profile image71
      TrinaLynneposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well its just like on MySpace or Facebook where you have your 'status line' or 'what are you doing' line. It lets people know what you are doing pretty much. It helps generate traffic to whatever you are promoting.

  2. Anti-Valentine profile image77
    Anti-Valentineposted 14 years ago

    I've thought about joining, but I usually like to write much more than 140 words. Maybe it's for people with short attention spans.

    It's a fad, and it will pass as will Facebook, whether you choose to hitch a ride or not. Look at MySpace- I hardly read or hear anything about it anymore.

    1. darkside profile image67
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      140 words?

      It's 140 characters. A considerable amount less than 140 words.

      It took me 2 years to cotton on to how Twitter could be used effectively by me.

      I am using it to get targeted traffic, by crafting deliberate short messages pointing to useful articles. And you don't need thousands of followers to do that. The audience is bigger than your followers list. It's about using hashtags.

      I've written a blog post about it. In fact two, with several more to come.

      1. Anti-Valentine profile image77
        Anti-Valentineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Characters then.

        I was reading the other day that Twitter is thinking of charging people for premium services.

  3. Mrvoodoo profile image57
    Mrvoodooposted 14 years ago

    I don't really get it either, but I have signed up and left it automatically twittering ads on it's own, figured I may as well try and make a few dollars from it.  But apart from that I have no time for it.

  4. RooBee profile image81
    RooBeeposted 14 years ago

    I have found that Twitter can be a really effective promotional tool. The Beatles were a fad. Bellbottoms. Hula hoops.
    Those who chose to "hitch a ride" were enriched by the popularity of these and other fads (however short-lived).
    Ever has the next trend been balked at by the previous generation.

    I have a pretty long attention span, too, just FYI.


    1. BundleBoy profile image71
      BundleBoyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      RooBee I agree, I am "hitching a ride" in Twitter now. But facebook or myspace ok I see a lot of my school mates whom I have lost touch reconnecting in facebook. But Twitter? But I am taking the ride anyway.

  5. bgamall profile image69
    bgamallposted 14 years ago

    Well, I think you have to join tweepme or other applications to get thousands of followers. You can get some traffic then.

  6. profile image0
    Greta Lieskeposted 14 years ago

    I don't get it either. Do I really want everyone to know EVERYTHING I'm doing 24/7? I don't think so. Too easy to stalk people...lol smile

    1. darkside profile image67
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      People who use it for telling the world everything they are doing aren't using the site anywhere near it's potential.

      I wonder if the people who are 'tweeting' what they're eating for lunch or what time they're going to bed actually enjoy reading the same things being tweeted by other people.

      1. RooBee profile image81
        RooBeeposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, that's not the stuff I follow nor is it what I'll 'tweet' - just a tool to let people know you've published something new.

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    wordscribe41posted 14 years ago

    I'm not sure what's so fabulous about it either.  I joined the other day to see about the hoopla, not really digging it.  Speaking about digging it, not sure about Digg either...

  8. Uninvited Writer profile image77
    Uninvited Writerposted 14 years ago

    No one I follows publishes what they are up to every minute of the day. Most pass on links to their and others writings or interesting sites they have found. Or they post photographs. Or it is tweets from publishers offering free books or invitations to readings, etc.

    I actually unfollowed someone who was intent on telling me what they were doing at least once an hour.

  9. RKHenry profile image66
    RKHenryposted 14 years ago

    The thing I love most about twitter, is you don't get called a troll for supporting fellow peeps and tweets.  Matter of fact, "trolling" isn't apart of the twitter vocabulary, as it is here on HubPages.  Another great thing about twitter, there is a lot less b@tching!lol

    1. Anti-Valentine profile image77
      Anti-Valentineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, but there are sites that are a lot worse when it comes to "b@tching" on the internet. Hubpages has probably one of the nicer forums and such, with the exception of a few people. Every place has its bad eggs. smile

  10. lxxy profile image60
    lxxyposted 14 years ago

    Twitter is awesome because it teaches you what to say and when, and in so many words. It's a very useful tool for communication, and it's kinda like some strange concoction of an IM and e-mail.

  11. Pete Maida profile image59
    Pete Maidaposted 14 years ago

    It's like any other networking site.  If you are patient and you learn all the tricks you can probably make it work for you.  I'm too old and too lazy to get that involved as a result it is just something I'm on.

  12. Tamarii2 profile image57
    Tamarii2posted 14 years ago


  13. donbonifacio profile image59
    donbonifacioposted 14 years ago

    I also don't understand twiter's success... Everyone has thousands of followers without really caring for that. Is just numbers.


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