Let’s start with the basics. People who don’t Tweet have no idea what Twitter is or why you would want to use it. I was one of those people a year ago. I remember sitting on the couch having my husband explain it to me one more time and why it might be good for my blog for me to begin to Tweet. I’m sure I looked at him as if he’d grown another arm.
According to Wikipedia Twitter is “a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers…”
Franki at A Year of Reading started the conversation (Check out her Choice Literacy article in the Beyond Gadgets series. Get a subscription to Choice Literacy as a gift to yourself for the new school year.). Her blogging partner Mary Lee followed with her Love/Hate Relationship with Twitter. Myself-I go back and forth between the two.
Things I like~
I can get book review links from bloggers, authors, publishers, and just plain people I don’t know, but have similar interests to me…
I can get cooking advice from Christopher Kimball or Chef Ann any time he/she feels like giving it to me
I can get an instant answer to my “Is my tongue going to fall off?” question
I can get news updates from Columbus
I can win books! (Three times lucky!)
Things I don’t like~
The biggest would be how author’s Richard Peck’s keynote made me feel about how Facebook and Twitter are to paraphrase, “Going to end civilization because we aren’t supposed to stay in touch with our elementary school crush and know what our teen-aged child is doing every moment of their lives!” I think he mentioned something also about it being a form of “peeping Tom”. I’m pretty sure I was sending Tweet updates at the beginning of that speech.
Getting updates on people’s moods
I’m also in complete agreement with Mary Lee about the time sucker it can become. I feel the same way about my $#*& e-mail!
Still trying to explain how it looks like I’m on Facebook all the time (I have my blog and Twitter hooked to my Facebook account).
I tried several Twitter helpers to help me manage all my Tweets and Tweeple, have settled on TweetDeck. Before that, I might have someone send me a direct response and not know about it. It has also helped me categorize so the Tweets from Blogging world people can be separate from all the general Tweets that might not be something I have time or interest in reading.
The biggest challenge for me with Twitter, moderation! Finding the sweet spot between TMI/time sucking and useful up to the minute updates.
The end of my ramble…