I cannot tell you how many times I hear “What is the deal with Twitter?” Or, “I don’t get that Twitter thing.” While Facebook profiles seem to be universal now, the world appears to be divided on Twitter. People either get it or they don’t. I love Twitter. I did not always love Twitter, but now I really love, love Twitter. So, what is the deal really with Twitter?
Twitter is a lot of different things to a lot of people (approx 175 million registered users). Twitter describes itself as being “a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting.” That is their broad-based one sentence on their company and it translates into many different applications. Take it any way you want it….
A few weeks ago, a twitter friend of mine, Erica Diamond of Women on the Fence, tweeted that she loved twitter even though some of her friends still did not get it. I agree….I love Twitter despite some do not “get it.” Here is why….
For many, Twitter is a way to follow celebrities and live vicariously through their words. For others, Twitter is a “check-in service” with a few extra characters to add a little more detail about where they are. I agree that Twitter is best described as many have called it – a micro-blogging platform. In 140 characters, you can update on “stuff” that is happening RIGHT NOW. Some people use Twitter in all 3 of the above mentioned capacities.
So, what is so great about all this? The information-hungry side of me loves the micro-blogging nature of Twitter. Many social media experts talk about Twitter being in the present, the now — it is what is going on NOW, so when you log on, you get the latest “in the moment”, “in real time.” I am not a social media guru by any stretch of the imagination, just a frequent user who has learned her way around a bit. But, it is the NOW factor that I adore about twitter.
When I log onto Facebook, I love to see photos of friends and updates about events that are coming up, but I can do that at my leisure. Twitter is different, when I log on – I see the news, opinions on the news, current events, & podcasts/twitter chats happening then and NOW! While I agree that one cannot be on Twitter all day, the fascination of it for me does lie in the Present Nature of it AND makes me want more.
The added bonus to Twitter is connecting and meeting up with others who have similar interests. You do have to be careful who you connect with and I cannot stress cyber-safety enough (and I am not addressing young children or teenagers here). Remember – we did have pen pals across the globe when we were growing up and we did not know them either??
The search function on Twitter allows you link up with topics, groups, and people who are chatting and listening about whatever floats your boat and their boats. There is a great bit of P.R. that you can gather and disseminate that you do not need to pay for with this ability to search and sift through topics and people.
If you are a mompreneur – new or seasoned – Twitter is a great place to start gathering information, contacts, and forming relationships…..stay tuned here to Back’nGrooveMom or follow our #hashtag on twitter to learn more. If you have no idea what I mean by #hashtag – no worries – upcoming post on it and some marvelous #mompreneurs on Twitter. –Rachel