The Average Jane’s Thoughts on Twitter
I have a confession to make – I don’t really understand the purpose of twitter. I know, the horror! Perhaps I should rephrase that statement, though. I don’t understand why the average person who is not trying to reach out to a customer base or build some kind of a business would want to use twitter. In short, for an average gal like myself, what’s the point?
While I do make use of twitter, I find it to be a daily struggle to figure out what in the world to tweet about. I mean, do people really care what I’m doing? I’m a stay at home mom so what I’m doing on any given day does not vary all that much. I often find myself sitting down at the computer and trying to think of something profound or witty to post. But I’m not really that profound a person and I’m not sure I’m all that witty, so I find myself staring at the screen in complete confusion.
Now, I’ve read this article so I do agree that twitter can be highly beneficial in the world of online social media. It is a brilliant tool if you want to connect personally with employees or customers. And as a blogger, I do see the benefits in tweeting about recent posts, thereby increasing the chance that my blog gets a broader readership. That makes sense to me.
A couple of days ago, I posed the question to my followers on twitter: Why do you use this service? What purpose does it serve for you? I got a few responses, mostly from people who use it to promote business or services. One person specifically told me how he was able to generate a rather large sale for his company simply by his interactions with a customer via twitter. I get that. In the context of promotion and marketing, twitter makes a lot of sense. But there has to be more than that, right? I don’t think I’m wrong in assuming that twitter was organized for more than just shameless self promotion.
My question is simple, why should I twitter? What are people hoping to glean from the tweets that they read? Does anyone really want to know that I just cleaned my kitchen…again? Or that I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast? This is my conflict. I want to take part in this social media tool because it’s hailed so positively. But, truth be told, I am just following the crowd with no real understanding of why I’m following. And that makes me feel, well, kinda lame.
So will I stop twittering? I don’t know. I’m going to keep giving it a try. I’m hoping that at some point I get it and can make better use of it as a social media tool. At this point, what seems beneficial to me is to keep the list of people I’m following relatively small. Otherwise I tend to get lost and overwhelmed by the long row of tweets and I find myself just searching for updates from those people that I know. Again, I’m not sure if that is proper twitter protocol, but clearly I’m not overly twitter savvy.
I am truly curious to hear why many of you use twitter. I would also like to know how the average person could benefit from an online tool like twitter. Just to be clear, I am not at all questioning the effectiveness or validity of twitter and its users. I am simply looking for a little bit of dialgoue. Why twitter? Your comments on the matter would be appreciated – and you don’t have to limit them to 140 characters or less!
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