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Why People Don't Use Twitter

I'm PRO Twitter Usage, bring on the CONS



2:31 am on Oct 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I've recently heard some interesting reasons of why people DON'T use Twitter which I find kind of bizarre actually. What's more interesting is the people that seem to complain the most about it have sometimes admitted they NEVER used it! How can anyone have such a strong opinion on something they've never even tried?

What I find fascinating is some of these people use IM, SMS, email, Facebook, etc. but draw the line at Twitter. Seriously?

To me Twitter is kind of like a CB radio. You just put it out there and if anyone knows anything about it they'll reply in real-time. Sometimes what you get in response is literally amazing IMO.

Some examples of why I like Twitter is the first time I complained in Twitter about a Comcast internet problem a Comcast service rep tweeted back and helped resolve my issue in mere minutes. Ever since then I go to Twitter for Comcast support instead of their phone based support system from hell. Also had a problem with LATNIC whois queries once and they replied and pointed me towards their new API which solved the problem. Companies are listening and it can be quite amusing at times what happens when you mention certain things. Many people post links to lots of new information being posted daily and I keep up-to-date on stuff I'd never have time to find on my own.

One morning I was having a real-time kerfuffle in Twitter with the local newscaster over something stupid he said on TV and was busy back peddling and arguing with me on Twitter during commercial breaks. It was hysterical.

That's just the tip of the iceberg and the overall experience has been nothing short of amazing IMO.

Customers use it, clients use it, friends use it, so let's hear it, why DON'T you use Twitter?

Inquiring minds want to know.


6:19 pm on Oct 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I still wonder why people use Twitter (or even social media in general). I thought for years it was a hype and would pass by but okay, I was wrong in that. I still don't get it though. I know every now and then some tweets are interesting. I've read about them in the news. But for one interesting tweet you might have to read many more less interesting ones. Seems to me a waste of time.

For news I use Google News and I can't imagine being a follower of somebody brings me more information than I can find on the web myself when I feel the need for it. Twitter is a very limited tool for publishing. Publishing I do for a living on my own sites so I don't need Twitter for that.

I understand that as a twitterer you should select the persons (or organisations) you want to follow carefully. But are there really people out there who can give more then two interesting tweets in a row?
Most people and organisations I can think of following have sites where they think it over before publishing opinions and information. And they also use email and phone.
But the moment I find some interesting tweeters I will make an account and follow. Suggestions?


4:28 am on Oct 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think I got my twitter use wrong the first time.

I should have had separate twitter accounts for different purposes/topics. I probably need a similar separation for my blogging, and as I first started using twitter because of the traffic a blog post got because of some people tweeting and re-tweeting it, it is not surprising I made the same mistake.

My overall experience of twitter has been that is interesting, but it is too easy to get sucked into time consuming discussions.


7:41 am on Oct 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@incrediBILL .. heh .. Comcast, IMHO, is garbage .. but I digress

Being somewhat of the knucklehead that I am, I was one of those that complained about how worthless Twitter was .. that is, 'till I tried it ..

If I ever need a good "Heads Up" on what might be going on .. I just wander on over to Twitter and give it a good lookin' thru' ..


12:22 pm on Oct 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Incredibill - In response to your comment below... problem is that when 1/3 of my facebook friends WERE friends and family members posting crap about their kids, jobs, politics, pets.... I would wind up tuning them out too and they would wonder at the next family dinner why I didn't comment or "like" their dog wearing a fur coat or their kid at baseball practice. It was easier to pull the plug than to tell them I have no interest in their kids, pets, food, etc.. For me, all of this stuff just turned out to be information overload and useless. If something is truly important and earth shocking, I will read about it, watch it on the news, or somebody will call me.


That's actually a problem of how you use it because you selected to follow and read the Tom, Dick and Harry posting crap. If you follow people posting useful information then it's very informative.

Reminds me of people that complain about the sushi at a Chinese place or the fish at steak house. My mom recently ordered a hamburger that thousand island dressing on it, plainly stated on the menu, and then complained she didn't like thousand island. Much like properly choosing twitter followers, had she chosen the burgers WITHOUT the thousand island her experience would've been much better. Much like reading the menu, you can look at each Twitter members profile and current tweets before you follow them and choose not to and you'll never see them, ever.

The real trick to Twitter is to just turn it off whenever there's a ball game on television as normally useful and insightful people suddenly start posting scores, team chants, and other mind numbingly useless bits of trivial game related information. (you know who you are!)



8:08 pm on Oct 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Many people use twitter.
Many people don't use twitter, may be because they don't write, they are not writers. They wonder, what they have to write!

Does twitter has so many multi-linguistic tools?


3:50 am on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ok I can't believe I just did this but I went and created an account to observe the finer points for myself. I checked out the barriers to entry and they don't seem to unreasonable plus they make it easy to delete the account. I'm really not expecting anything useful from this but I'll certainly be upfront about it if I do find any lifeforms with a pulse. Now I guess I'll go figure out how it works.


4:46 am on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It's definitely easy to create an account there, and they don't demand as much personal information as FB does.

Until recently I wasn't much of a fan of it for personal uses, although I've used it successfully for years to make announcements to clients. I'm giving it a try though.

The biggest issue I've had so far is lots of people I can't possibly know are following me. Mostly bloggers and authors. It's kind of creepy and one reason why I might not continue to use it.


5:42 am on Oct 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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you can always get your feet wet first by going private when starting out.
this means only your followers can see your tweets and you have to approve all followers.
eventually you will figure out there is no downside to being followed by a stranger unless it is a spammer.
twitter has been pretty good about weeding out the spammers recently.


6:59 pm on Oct 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I did start out private but quickly realized because I have no followers I was sitting alone in the dark lol. So I sent out a public "hello world" -- by now it has probably passed the moon on its way to points unknown.

I've added 10 birdies to follow. One of them is chirping a bit of encouragement a few times a day, the others just bland promotional stuff. I'll stick with it for a while so I can get a fair assessment. I don't plan on chirping anything myself -- I have nothing to say!


8:23 pm on Oct 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You can block followers.

I block obvious spammers and unknown followers with suspicious or no avatar.


1:35 am on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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the others just bland promotional stuff

why would you follow that?
there are plenty of informative, interesting and entertaining people to follow.


4:05 am on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It's definitely easy to create an account there, and they don't demand as much personal information as FB does.

I use Twitter more than FB.

You can block followers.

I've seen one unknown follower who use to change name, tagline and avatar often. I wish he could have been blocked by the Twitter.


4:29 am on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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who use to change name

I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. For example, I've changed my name a few times, but only because I've been struggling to find a name I liked; I'm not able to use my real name because every variation on it (without appending a number) that's possible has been taken by others.

Back on topic... Being unable to use my real name kept me off of Twitter for a long time.


12:16 am on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't use it because the username length is 2 characters too short and any alternates were already taken. I don't need the speed or directness of communication anyway.

It's a cross between chat and RSS but not as well done as either.


12:57 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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similar thing kept me from subscribing to facebook for two years. they don't accept "info@.." email addresses for login - probably because they think that they can't belong to a private person. so i finally had to create an extra email address for facebook only.


12:01 am on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, I can't quite put my finger on it but there is a point at which all the connectedness morphs into being disconnected. Like going out to lunch and its all cellphones and texts and you wonder "who did I just eat with and why?".


Almost 5 years ago to the day I posted my answer--

anti-social networking; the combined and ongoing acts of disseminating or perusing information online in a non-personal way so as to have no actual social contact.


...it's worse now.

Twitter reminds me of a cartoon I saw with thousands of identical black and white penguins standing on an ice pack and one singing "I gotta be me".


2:17 am on Nov 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

Most people (especially non-Americans) simply can't get the concept. I am from Ukraine and I can't explain this "What are you doing now" thing. "Who can be really interested in knowing what I am cooking, reading, watching, etc anyway" - is the usual answer! ;)


7:03 am on Nov 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ann, that is not the sort of use of Twitter we are talking about.


5:32 am on Nov 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

I think Twitter is only for celebrities or Criticism not for business


5:39 am on Nov 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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only for celebrities or Criticism

For (spreading and reaching out with) news? Constructive news?


8:46 am on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

I had once used twitter 1 year ago, but as i am Facebook addicted, i didn't liked its interface, it might be good for many people, but also i couldn't find any of my class mates their, that's why i quit using twitter and enlarge my social network on Facebook.
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