Forget Friending, Learn to Tweet and TwitApril 02, 2009
After watching a video on Twitter sent by a friend, I couldn’t help but realize that although I pride myself on being someone that is always in the know about new social networking tools, I really don’t know anything about Twitter. A colleague assured me that, statistically speaking, people from my generation have not really caught on to what the Twitter frenzy is all about. Twitter is mostly dominated by people age 30 and up.
So what is Twitter? It is a way to communicate, in 140 characters or less, with people globally or to stay connected through “the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” The good people of Twitter recommend new users send three to four “tweets,” or updates, a day. So the next time you see someone using their hand-held device, be it a BlackBerry, iPhone, or any other smart phone, just remember that they might actually be sending tweets.
On a more serious note, Twitter is actually a smart, cheap marketing tool for organizations or companies to use to reach out to new audiences and to recruit new members. Tweeting can successfully get your name or brand out there to thousands of people. Even though I find the whole following people and being followed aspect of Twitter a bit creepy, it can actually be the opposite.
And there is an educational component to Twitter. Major news organizations put out headlines through Twitter, actual political interviews are streamed, and social media activists are constantly tweeting about issues, events, and places. AAUW, for example, has about 400 followers who are frequently updated with what is going on at AAUW. Some people even upload their resumes or post jobs on Twitter.
I would love to know, do you tweet? How often or why?