Following is a recap of my experience so far with Twitter. Hat tip to Dr. Seuss…
I will not Tweet them here or there
First off, I should probably come clean and admit that I was an ardent detractor of Twitter for a long time. Sure I read about it and poked around a bit, but my initial exposure left a sour taste in my mouth. It seemed absolutely pointless, a complete waste of time, and I simply didn’t get it.
Try it and you may, I say
So I ignored it for months until it started coming up in online discussions of new media and how newspapers could go out and meet their potential audiences on sites like Twitter and Facebook and somehow drag them back to their newspaper websites (probably kicking and screaming). Cha-ching! Massive traffic guaranteed. Well the jury is still out on that count, but the discussions did prompt me to give Twitter a fair shake. And I must admit that I like it AND I think I get it now too.
And I will Tweet them anywhere
My impression of Twitter so far is that it’s like a virtual happy hour. People talk about work and official stuff to some extent, but they also discuss their families, sports, the weather, and all sorts of other topics. It’s an interesting window into someone’s life. And as Katie pointed out, it blows chain of command away. And that’s a great thing. (Howard is my “Twitter buddy” too.)
Thank you, thank you Sam-I-am
My thanks to Tac for leaving “Do you Twitter?” as his Gtalk status message for weeks on end and getting me to thinking about it. And thanks to Ryan for blogging about the relevance of Twitter to newspapers and making all of this loosely “work related” (kind of).
These days I’m following 26 people and most of them are following me back. Many are McClatchy folks in various locations, some are Boise technophiles, and others are friends I’ve met along the way. I also got the Idaho Statesman on Twitter a few weeks ago.
So if you’re not a “Twitter gitter”, give it another look. Feel free to follow me while you’re at it. Happy Twittering!