If I asked you why you aren’t on Twitter, chances are I know what you’re about to say.
“Why should I use Twitter? Isn’t it just Facebook with only status updates?”
Most people use Facebook primarily for one purpose: to stay updated on their friends. In other words, yes, Twitter is Facebook with only status updates…if you follow your friends.
Believe it or not, Twitter is different. Some use it to market their product/service and obtain new customers. Others, use the medium to get the latest news on the topics that most interest them. Heck, some people get jobs using Twitter (and also lose them too). I use Twitter predominantly for two reasons: to market my blog and to engage with other users who share the same interest as I do in social media.
So, why should you use Twitter?
I created my first Twitter account during the summer of 2009. Here was my first tweet:
With that, I took my first step into the world of Twitter. The days that followed were uneventful and rather dull, to put in lightly. I was stuck in outer space and no one could hear me tweet. The famous philosophical riddle comes to mind: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
So, what changed after that bad first impression? I started following more people who shared the same interests as I did. Also, I discovered “trending topics” on Twitter. For instance, during the most recent World Cup, Twitter became an instant way to read the opinions of people around the world. How did people feel about Landon Donovan scoring that goal in extra time to beat Algeria? They were absolutely ecstatic, as you can imagine. Maybe not Algerians, but that’s not the point.
With a simple visit to Twitter, I can gain access to the minds of millions of people around the world on topics ranging from the tv show they are watching to the new Toyota they just bought. All that information is there available for me and anyone else on Twitter. Instantly.
Now, you might be thinking, “But, that’s why I have Facebook! Besides, why should I care about what a bunch of strangers think about my prom dress?”
Let me reiterate: Twitter is not Facebook with just status updates, unless you allow it to become just that.
Now, I’m not condoning you from following your friends on Twitter. That’s perfectly fine. Ultimately, you decide what Twitter becomes for you. If it helps you stay up to date on your favorite celebrities, good for you. No one should ever stop you from doing that. Unlike Facebook, Twitter offers the flexibility of an open system of communication that isn’t limited by whether someone has accepted your friend request or not. Twitter enables information to flow freely and has the ability to reach millions of people across the world with a simple click of a button. Whether that means anything to you, is up to you.
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