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Twitter: Why Twitter is Special

Updated on July 8, 2013

4 years later . . .

It's so strange to review this Hubpages about Twitter when I had 2000 followers. Now, with over 15,000 followers, Twitter has become a regular habit, and not an obsession. I don't go there every day, many times per day and Twitter has evolved, too.

All the rage, 3-party applications using their API sprung up like pop-tarts waiting to get on the bandwagon and make their fortune. Imitators of imitators provided variations of similar innovations, like a candy store with too many choices.

Leaders of the pack have fine-tuned their status as the developers to follow and use. Twitter has also incorporated many of these "extras" in the same way MacWrite and MacDraw developed into professional programs. You can hone your skills and even teach courses in how to use Twitter to your advantage in business and industry.

Whether you need to connect with your clients, provide good customer service, put yourself on the map, share your photographs, link to your FaceBook or YouTube Channel (everyone is a star!), have a live group chat session, or just ask a question or talk with a friend. The options abound on Twitter.

Kinds of Twitter Activities

The list below is not all inclusive, nor is it in any particular order. I just started to write down "What Makes Twitter Special" for me.

  1. Connect with Famous People [Deepak Chopra]
  2. Contests [I won free Weleda Products! Just for a tweet]
  3. Recognition [Nick chose me for Tweet of the Day]
  4. Improve Yourself [Becoming a better writer and more]
  5. Learn the most current news [Health, Environment, Politics +]
  6. Make Friends [Local, National, International]
  7. Get A Positive Lift
  8. Share Music [Blip.fm]
  9. Link to Your Blogs [Yeah Hubpages]
  10. Get More Traffic by Linking to Your Blogs
  11. Get and Respond to Polls
  12. Share Philosophical Viewpoints
  13. Retweet Aphorisms & Quotes
  14. It’s an honor to be requoted and makes you feel like you said something meaningful.
  15. Learn New Techniques
  16. Get Creative Ideas
  17. Partner on Projects
  18. Build a Reputation
  19. View Photographs and Videos
  20. Find Out About New Media Tools & Trends
  21. Participate in Events
  22. Make it a Routine
  23. Ask Questions and Get Immediate Answers & Suggestions
  24. Feel Like Your are Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself
  25. Expand Your World Vision
  26. Everyone Has Something That Needs to Be Heard
  27. Connect and Network
  28. You are Under No Obligation
  29. You can also check your activity, relationship and approval statistics


Twitter Takes Time

Twitter Habits

Meet Special People

This hub is in response to Anath who wrote, "The Twitter Phenomenon" hubpage. Part of my life philosophy is that whatever you put into an activity is what you take out. Not exactly "even-stevens", but I believe you will find your reward in your attitude and effort. And, if you find the activity not particularly rewarding, then you will eventually remove yourself from that environment or desist from that behavior.

Twitter Compared to Hubpages

If I compare Twitter to Hubpages, I would say that I am more involved on a daily basis with Twitter. I love Hubs and what it has to offer, but I'm getting more daily feedback from Twitter. I just celebrated my "One-Year" Hubpages anniversary ~ Cheers and Balloons, Whoopee! I can't believe it's been that long.

I've written a total of 67 Hubs and each one has taken me many hours to write. I may be a perfectionist or just want to give a lot of value, but these articles take a lot of research and thought. I must consider the topic of interest and my point of view. It takes a number of steps to create the flow of the article, title, subtitle, links, and images. I like for my articles to be unique and not run-of-the-mill and hopefully to answer people's questions about the issue of concern. Even the most "fun" article took me an immense amount of time. [That was about the singing group "Chairlift" and I listened to the artists for hours and researched their meteoric rise to fame.]

In all of that year, I have 150 fans, but I do not have constant interaction with them. This tells me that some people have read at least one of my hubs and have enjoyed it in some way. I'm extremely appreciative they took the time to read it, comment, become a fan and/or rate it. I consider that the "reward" which I mentioned at the top of this article. I usually reciprocate by visiting their hub and becoming a fan. I think people want to be loved and appreciated and feedback does that. Something also tells me I may have a somewhat competitive spirit because I love seeing the numbers go up and like getting a good grade on a paper, I'm reaching for a "100." There's that 'perfectionist' quotient again.

Repeating the premise, you reap what you sew and get out what you put in, I have not been a consistent hubber. I may have stayed up nights at the beginning just waiting for someone to comment and read my hub, but I no longer do that. I feel more like a citizen journalist here, providing news and information with editorial comments. [See Chicken Little Story]

Comparing the rewards to Twitter, I have 9,234 followers. It is true that I am not interacting with all of these people on a daily basis. I would say that there are a good number that I am on a daily and/or weekly basis having some conversations. Over the course of ten months since I started Twitter I've had mostly excellent experiences, besides the typical spam noise interference.

  • The difference between Hubs and Twitter is the immediacy in response and that Twitter is a microblog. I usually SHARE my Hubs on Twitter and hopefully reach a broader audience of readers.


Twitter Love

Looking at Tweets, Celebs, Hashtags

Twitter Cloud

See what you are twittering the most. Check out my subjects: twitterlove, #ff, Influenza, Homeopathy, Hubpages, People, LOVE, Music
See what you are twittering the most. Check out my subjects: twitterlove, #ff, Influenza, Homeopathy, Hubpages, People, LOVE, Music

Tweet Cloud

Awareness, beautiful, friends, vaccinations, Homeopathy
Awareness, beautiful, friends, vaccinations, Homeopathy

Social Networking

The truth is that, "You are where ever your mind is!" And if I invested loads of time on Hubpages, getting involved with all that is offered here, I'm sure I would find it just as rewarding as Twitter. I once stayed up late writing haiku and some of the other interactive tools in Hubtivity and Forums. I know that there are many groups of friends who meet on a regular basis and then also meet in-person. That happens with Twitter, too. So, I believe it's just a matter of selecting your platform of interactivity.

Twitter reminds me very much of email, where you can direct message and also put the @ symbol. I love mail, so this is a great reward.

It's your choice with whom you form relationships. I prefer those who are sending positive affirmations and meditations. This is what uplifts my spirit.  The main thing is live your life to the fullest and remain positive. Send love into the universe and it will be returned in kind.

Check Your Ratings

There are many programs that can help you analyze your progress and performance on Twitter
There are many programs that can help you analyze your progress and performance on Twitter

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Follow The Official Twitter Blog

You may learn a thing or two by following the Twitter blog. What's hot and what's not? And, check out the trends and news items on what's become a major lead in news making. Check out the trending topics to learn where to donate after a natural disaster. Find out the top gifts of the season or why people feel thankful on the Thanksgiving holiday.

Trends have split up between your country and international trends. You can become part of the trend-makers by registering at Trends Map

How can this benefit you? Simple. If you want to be ahead of the curve, then you can have this information at your fingertips. Put the TrendsMap Widget directly onto your own website. Very powerful tool. See the sample below showing the map with trending topics.

#OMG Since Trendsmap launched in 2009 they’ve gone from processing about four million tweets a day to dealing with more than 80 million tweets a day! That's a lot of data.


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    • TrudyVan profile image

      TrudyVan Curre 7 years ago from South Africa

      Hello there, I love Twitter and hubpages.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Dear Trudy ~ Very nice of you to visit. What's your twitter name?

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      very well information, Debbie. This is cool hub. I see from your picture that you have great follower. How to get thousand followers like you. Please share with us. thanks

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi Prasetio30 ~ Getting "great" followers is a matter of taking time to read about each person and decide whether you really want to have them as a follower. Do they tweet about subjects of interest to you? Are they 'giving' tweeple? Do they share and interact? Are they there for their own purposes or to make the world a better place? This is the same policy for followers and following. To make ties and connections with others who are similar in nature but may have different fields of interest. Good luck, Debby

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      lisalomas 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Debby, I agree what you put in you get out and if its fun you spend more time there than you should. My fun activity on twitter is the conversations, I love who I meet and anything you do you can share including hubs so its double cool.

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Twitter for me is a place to spread my links.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi Anamika ~ me too. I write the Hubs and then tweet them so others will come visit Hubpages. Thank you for visiting tonight. Love, Debby

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great hub - I am just getting the hand of twitter. I find it enjoyable, but haven't got as many followers so I'll keep going.

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      michaelqtodd 7 years ago

      I really want to learn more from you about Twitter Debby as I love how you use it.

      I do not have a website, "blog" or write hubs yet and mainly do facebook notes and You Tube videos

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi Michael ~ I guess if you follow me on twitter you will get the hang of it. Basically, be kind, send valuable tweets, help others and be happy. Watch out! You may get addicted. See my blog on that. Take Care, Debby

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      She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Ah finally made it Debby! Great hub btw, signing up for twitter right now. Thanks!

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      She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Ah finally made it Debby! Great hub btw, signing up for twitter right now. Thanks!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      She-rah - Please DM me directly or RETWEET ME so that we connect on TWITTER. ((HUGS)) Debby

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      She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Well, I think I'm following you and trying to figure out how to follow others, lol. That's all I know how to do so far. I have no idea how to DM, tweet, or retweet. Would love it if you could help me. Email or here, doesn't matter to me. Thanks again!

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Wow! Your Hub is excellent and your understanding of Twitter is clearly in depth. I have saved it and will try to digest it over time but (old-fashioned sceptic that I am :)) I still can't see the value of expending the excessive amount of time that is obviously required to gain any benefit from the site.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Gordon. You reap what you sew. If you invest time to learn and experiment, you will find your our routine and value in Twitter. It is part of my day. Plus, I also did a hub on being "addicted" to Twitter. That's how good it is. LOVE IT! Good luck, Debby

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      Theresa 5 years ago

      Thanks Debby for making Twitter even more engaging

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Theresa ~ This one little comment made a whole world of difference to me. Blessings, Debby

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi Debby, your twitter enthusiasm is persuasive. I find twitter a good source for news as it's happening. For any big worldwide events tweets start coming in long before news media gets the story. These week I've been following earthquakes, lots of activity! You put together a picture perfect Hub Page Debby. Charts, colorful images and videos are strategically placed for an engaging experience. I could learn a thing or two from you! Regards, snakeslane

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Dear Snakeslane. Since you commented here, I reread the Hub and realize it needs updating. The stats reflect 2010 interaction. Since then, I have over 15,000 Twitter followers, have written 192 Hubpages (not including all those I took down) and have 782 followers on this network.

      This year, 2012, Twitter reinvented itself with so many changes that you could invest all your time managing that profile, friends, interactions and stream of tweets.

      The concept remains the same, be positive, find like-minded people from across the globe, have deep meaningful conversations or light-hearted chat sessions. We learn a lot from others and cross bridges in all communities and cultures. Give and you shall receive. Blessings, Debby

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Great post. I'm finally just starting to use twitter for personal as well as article and blog sharing. Thanks for the post. Voted up and useful.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Hello TurtleDog - Twitter is marvelous, as you can tell. I need to update my follower numbers from 15,000 to over 17,000. As you build your following, the number of new followers increases much faster. Of course, it helps to be interactive on a regular basis and communicate with many others. Twitter is not simply tweeting your Hubpages out into the Twittersphere.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I sounds like you have mastered twitter! I am there and use it, but am just now starting to use it more--

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      Debby Bruck 3 years ago

      Hello Audrey ~ I've been on Twitter 4-5 years and had been very steadily interacting with many people. However, this year, I've been concentrating on other projects and less social networking. Still, it is one of my favorite places to find out news. Hugs, Debby

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