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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Why Twitter?

Twitter logoWhy Twitter? To be honest, I'm not quite sure. I'm noticing, though, that many of the bloggers I read are shifting to Twitter. I figure the best way, then, to answer the "Why Twitter?" question is to try it. So, follow me on Twitter, if you like.

I'm curious as to whether or not Apogee Weblog subscribers are on Twitter. If you are and want to share, leave your Twitter link in the comments. Also, if you can explain to me why you Twitter, I bet I could learn quite a bit. Thanks.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Karl Foxley said...

I'm now following you on Twitter.

I'm still learning Twitter myself but have found it to be a great source of traffic to my blog. ;)

Let us know in a future post your experience of using Twitter, be great to hear your views.

Regards,

Karl

Thu Mar 12, 01:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks, Karl. I'm watching how different people use Twitter, to get a better idea of how to use it. Seems like people are using it for a variety of purposes: chatting, driving traffic to blogs, finding news, distributing coupons, etc.

Interesting that the Wall Street Journal had an article on How to Twitter.

Fri Mar 13, 11:15:00 AM EDT  
Blogger LaCitizen said...

I don't get it. Don't we use blogs for what twitter is supposed to be?

There's really no innovation there, just a lot of promotional dollars trying to buy their way into popularity. I wonder if they'll last after the funding dries up?

Fri Mar 13, 05:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Richard said...

I don't get it either, LaCitizen. At least, not yet. It is a bit different from blogging, though.

For instance, I'm noticing many people write to Twitter but either don't blog or don't blog very often. In some ways, it takes a lot less effort to write a mini-post (Twitter updates limited to 140 characters) than a full blog post.

As I'm learning about Twitter, I'm finding it interesting to be able to follow people who I'd normally not have access to. For instance, I've been following Steve Case (founder of AOL) via:

http://twitter.com/SteveCase

Having worked at AOL last decade when he was still there, it's interesting to read his thoughts about what's happening now, particularly to AOL, but also with the Web at large.

Another big difference between Twitter and blogs is that the whole "conversation" is hosted on Twitter. I think companies like Technorati failed at real-time search because they were trying to index content from the entire blogosphere in real-time. Not even Google can do that. Since all of the Twitter updates are on Twitter, they can leverage search to see what's going on in real-time. I have a feeling that's where they're going to make some money.

Wed Mar 18, 01:46:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Capt Vlad Nikolskiy said...

Thanks for good question arised. I recognized too, that a lot of people join Twitter, but don't know practical things they cfn get from. Will hope to find some ideas in comments to your post.

Thu Mar 26, 01:17:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous jjray said...

Here is an idea of how to promote your websites with twitter: TwitThis code.

Thu Mar 26, 01:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Fri Oct 30, 02:02:00 AM EDT  

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