i didn't understand the attraction for a long time... then I just thought it stupid.
Now i have a twitter client open all day long, and frequently check in on some folks. Some authors, some tech geeks, some actors, some friends. by only following a small set of people (about 20 in my case), i find it manageable and not too intrusive.
will it last? who knows? I didn't think rap music would survive more than a few years... shows what I know about predicting things.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
I'd consider myself "middle-aged" I guess... depending on how long I live.
I don't twitter, MySpace, or FaceBook... if I want to talk to someone then I email them or they me. I guess I just don't care enough what other people are doing on a daily basis. I hardly care about events in my own life, now I'm supposed to let others know about them as well? No thanks, not interested.
~Currently preparing for SCJP6
Joined: Nov 08, 2001
Most people do not post what they are doing 100% of the time. Only reasons I normally do that is for the guys I work with. I talk with the local news guys on Twitter, I follow what some open source libraries are doing, I follow a couple of famous people for kicks, I follow friends to see what they are doing, and I follow some other news feeds.
I actually get to more interesting information quicker with twitter than I do on some of the major sites out there.
With our busy lives do you have time to call all your friends every day and see what they are up to? I doubt it. Services like Facebook and twitter let you keep in touch with people. Sure a phone call is a lot better, I yell at my wife texting all the time to her friend when I said a 30 second phone call could be quicker!
I first looked at Twitter as a waste of time. I had the same attitudes as most people here, than I started using it and become addicted to it.
Now a service I am trying to adjust to is friendfeed, I am still not sure about that one.
I personally say sign up and follow some of the ranchers that are on it. Update as little or often as you want. If you do not like it, than just ignore it like you do with your 20 email accounts that you opened and never touch!
I have a Twitter account, but I never tweeted anything. To my surprise, a few people subscribed to my Twitter feed. I have no idea who they are and why they would subscribe to my Twitter feed - there's nothing to see there.
Jesper Young wrote:I have a Twitter account, but I never tweeted anything.
That is the best way to use Twitter. Keep it up.
Joined: Nov 07, 2008
Bear, you sound just like me, lol. I don't even have a cellular phone.... people can either reach me at work or at home. If I am in neither place then chances are I don't want to be bothered. I usually email friends/family once a week and other then that I have my own family I see on a daily basis and they always know where I am and how to reach me if needed.
I am curious though so I may just check it out so I know what people are talking about but I highly doubt I'll become a.... what do you call it... a twit?
Joined: Nov 08, 2001
Brian Legg wrote:...what do you call it... a twit?
I have trouble with Twitter, and Twitter has trouble with me.
We tried setting up an account to promote an event, but we can't get followers because we're not showing up in searches. According to Twitter support, this is a common problem for accounts created within the past 8 weeks, and they don't have a solution.
"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer sscce.org
No offense, but I don't use twitter, facebook, orkut or any social networking sites now.. Used to have an orkut account way back, but I started spending more time on it so I forced myself to quit it... I believe they hinder talking (i mean really talking) to each other and also they suck you in sometimes like in my case
I'd never use it because i don't like the name. It's only one letter away from hermaphrodite in german (Zwitter).
I don't know any statistics about it, but i wouldn't be surprised if it was less popular in Austria, Swiss and Germany than in other countries.