Everyone Is A-Tweet About Twitter
Yes, another blog post on the internets about Twitter. Shock me, shock me with your completely original content! But Twitter must be doing something right to not only warrant this post, but the thousands upon thousands of other posts that have been circulating since the inception of the company. So what exactly is it all about?
I’ve had friends ask me what Twitter is, how it works, what makes it special, and most recently, what its business model is, thanks to an in-depth report by the San Francisco Chronicle. My usual responses to said questions are usually along the lines of “Twitter is like the status updates on Facebook. Easy user interface means it’s simple to get started. Real time information gathering from friends and news sources, as well as top notch voyeurism. I have no idea how they’ll make money”.
To be honest, I can’t really think of a way Twitter can legitimately make money unless they decide to start running ads (which would, in my opinion, ruin the sites aesthetics), or, as the Funnelholic says, they sell that puppy to Google and we all move on with our lives. I’ve already accepted Google’s eventual world domination, so it would make sense that they would be the ones to acquire the all powerful Twitter.
I’ve been on Twitter since late 2007 (I am an early adapter, I’m bragging, I rock), and only recently have seen a giant spike in its popularity. Celebrities such as Demi Moore, Shaquille Oneal and Jack of Jack in the Box fame are all users; internet personalities (and must follows) Kevin Rose, Scott Beale and Nick Douglas are on here too. But why? Why put yourself out there for thousands to see your everyday moves and your thoughts about Obama’s executive salary cap or that link to the video with the thing that made you laugh five minutes ago?
Because why not? Clearly this is a day and age where privacy takes a back seat to ego and popularity, so why not broadcast your lunch to your peers? Why not re-tweet that funny musing from that guy you’ve never met but happen to follow? Why not? But not all tweets are created equal you see. Some are actually trying to get the message out to the masses; some are helping spread the word about charities, new technology, or just plain news. It’s all there, a mish-mash of personal outbursts, legitimate stories, and YouTube links. And that what makes Twitter great. It’s all there; you pick and choose what you want to use it for, and what you want to get out of it. This is what makes Twitter…umm…”twitterific”. “Twamazing”? “Twick-ass”!
So here ends the 1034th blog posting about Twitter; now that you’re completely saturated with Twitter knowledge and knowhow, my advice to you would be to simply give it a shot and check it out; see for yourself. Oh, and follow me while you’re at it.