Twitter Guide- The Overview Part 2

Here’s adding to what I’ve already said about Twitter through my previous post.

Twitter – The Social News Channel:
This is what differentiates Twitter from sites such as Facebook, wherein you set up a profile and essentially connect with people you have known in the past. Twitter is more of a ‘social news channel’ where you have real time access to news from across the world which comes directly from the source, unfiltered.
One more aspect of Twitter that really appeals to me is that I get to decide who is important to me. I choose to follow people who can influence me positively, as opposed to people tweeting about where and when they had coffee.
A recent survey showed that only 10% Twitters actually Tweet, which goes to show that this is not a place where everybody is doing the talking. A majority of the people on Twitter come here essentially to listen to what they find interesting, and connect and communicate with people that matter to them.
Twitter, as a social news channel, also makes you a part of the overall experience. It is people like you and me who contribute to Twitter, and we are essentially the people who make it work. This also goes to show that we could very well be the people that others choose to follow (of course, this depends on what we want to Tweet about).

Being Followed:
Twitter helps bringing passions to the fore, wherein if you are zealous about anything, or are working on something special, you could have a following too. Depending on what you Tweet about, you could end up being the leader of a number of followers who want to hear what you have to say. This could include Tweets about some project that only a handful of Tweeters find relevant, or views about matters that appeal to the masses. Besides, Twitter is not a contest (although CNN and Ashton Kutcher would tell you otherwise), and it really does not matter how many followers you have as long as there is something that you do which other people could be interested in.


Partaking in the Experience:
Since Twitter is real time active media, it pertains more to today, as opposed to yesterday or the day before. The Tweets relate to what is currently happening, and the views/opinions are based in the present. When people Tweet about any topic that is relevant to you, you are always free to Tweet back with suggestions, ideas, or feedback. You can also help by providing direction to people in spheres that you know of well.

Looking for Insight:
While you can share your knowledge with others, you can also look for people who would be willing to do the same. If you are stuck in the middle of a project, or simply need ideas for new ones, you can get fellow Tweeters to help you with the same. You can also ask Tweeters what they think about anything in particular. All the questions that you put forth on Twitter are very likely to generate responses.
The more the questions you put forth, the more the responses that you get, and the more you connect with likeminded people.

If I were to sum it up in a couple of lines, I would describe Twitter as a place where you can share information/knowledge about matters that interest you with people who you find interesting; and it is the resultant conversations that add to the excitement.


Twitter Guide– An Overview Part 1

There is no dearth of videos and articles when it comes to describing what Twitter is, and there are scores of surveys telling you how may Tweeters actually Tweet, but I have noticed that most of these fall short on describing Twitter, and some even end up giving the viewer/reader the wrong idea altogether.

I have been a Twitter for a long time now (if you take into account the total time that Twitter has been around), and have seen it grow and develop tremendously since its inception. What was originally a place where you could tell your friends what you were doing, like ‘sitting at home watching football’, has now evolved considerably.

Twitter, according to me, is not a community, not a conventional social network, and not a place where every user wants to say something. Twitter isn’t like MySpace, LinkedIn, or Facebook. It is not even in the same neighborhood.

Following People:
To start with, Twitter is a place where you can follow people that you find interesting. These could include celebrities, trendsetters, business leaders, inventors, sportspersons, as well as your friends. With Twitter, you would be following what they do, what they think, what they want you to know.

Following Communities and Companies:
In following different companies, you can know of the advancements they make from time to time as well as their upcoming products and services. You can also follow various groups in seeing what they set to accomplish and you could also partake in their journey.

Getting Reactions:
Through Twitter, you have access to the world’s collective consciousness. Irrespective of what the subject/topic is that you wish to know about, you would invariably find insights/opinions on Twitter. This could include the recently concluded Iranian elections, China’s policies on the West, reactions on sporting events, what people think of the new iPod, and even problems that people are facing with a particular product. This is amongst the most important reasons that businesses are increasingly using Twitter.

There is far more to Twitter than what I’ve spoken about, and I will add to this in my next post. Do share your views on Twitter, and if you have any questions about Twitter, shoot.

Until the next post, Cheers!