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Twitter: Why Twitter is Special
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.
- Connect with Famous People [Deepak Chopra]
- Contests [I won free Weleda Products! Just for a tweet]
- Recognition [Nick chose me for Tweet of the Day]
- Improve Yourself [Becoming a better writer and more]
- Learn the most current news [Health, Environment, Politics +]
- Make Friends [Local, National, International]
- Get A Positive Lift
- Share Music [Blip.fm]
- Link to Your Blogs [Yeah Hubpages]
- Get More Traffic by Linking to Your Blogs
- Get and Respond to Polls
- Share Philosophical Viewpoints
- Retweet Aphorisms & Quotes
- It’s an honor to be requoted and makes you feel like you said something meaningful.
- Learn New Techniques
- Get Creative Ideas
- Partner on Projects
- Build a Reputation
- View Photographs and Videos
- Find Out About New Media Tools & Trends
- Participate in Events
- Make it a Routine
- Ask Questions and Get Immediate Answers & Suggestions
- Feel Like Your are Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself
- Expand Your World Vision
- Everyone Has Something That Needs to Be Heard
- Connect and Network
- You are Under No Obligation
You can also check your activity, relationship and approval statistics
Twitter Takes Time
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.
Looking at Tweets, Celebs, Hashtags
More Twitter Links
- TRENDS: Twitter Needs Spam Filter
Twitter has made it a little easier to report spammers. Bravo!
- What is #TwitterLove?
Use the #twitterlove hashtag all year long to show love & appreciation to friends. Hub created to celebrate Twitter's Birthday let's send some twitterlove. It's not just for #ff Follow Friday
- Happiness is Contagious: What To Do When You Step In Poop
I write about Epidemics on my Hubs. I would rather see "Happiness" go viral and this is what I have to say about that! [Gee, sounds like Forrest Gump]
- The Twitter Phenomenon
Anath introduces Twitter and poses some great questions about why people spend time tweeting.
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.
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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.
About The Author ~ Don't Forget to Follow on TWITTER!
Debby Bruck, CHOM is the founder of HomeopathyWorldCommunity. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter. Contact Debby: If you have any further questions she is always happy to talk with you.