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Why Twitter? Why Not?

December 17, 2008

In between posts about art and creativity, I have to stop right now to give you an update on my Twitter experience.

Despite the growing buzz about Twitter, I mentioned in an earlier post that I had been rather half-hearted about the whole thing, admitting some confusion about the purpose of it. I have very little time to do anything that doesn’t serve my goals as a working artist, so I’ve become very selective about anything that has little return on time investment.

I joined Twitter more than a year ago, but didn’t really participate on a regular basis — certainly not enough to see what it could do.

Then a week or so ago I decided to give it another chance. Knowing that I learn best by “doing” I thought I’d just see how it felt to have more of a presence.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised (but maybe not really so surprised) that just living with it has begun to slowly convert me. You could think of it as a microblog, as it’s often described. But it’s much more.

As luck would have it, just this morning, Social Media and Marketing Blogger Josyan McGregor sent out a link on Twitter to this great hour-long video explaining all the advantages of Twitter. I’m not through watching it yet, but so far it is well worth the time.

There is great networking and marketing potential here, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort to take advantage of it.

I feel confident this video will explain for you the “why” of Twitter. If you already Twitter, I’d like to hear your take on it. And if you like, please comment and share your link with the rest of us.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. JosyAn permalink
    December 17, 2008 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention! I discover more and more interesting people and ways to connect through Twitter. It’s great. Join us!

  2. December 17, 2008 12:44 pm

    JosyAn, it has my head spinning right now. Sort of like learning a new job, but thankfully with less time commitment.

  3. December 17, 2008 1:48 pm

    I’ve been following you 🙂 and enjoy your tweets. I’ve been slowly delving into twitter during the last few months. Sometimes I remember to post, sometimes I don’t. I like the stream of new ideas coming into my day, a little bit of a different perspective here or there. I want to ramp up my use by doing some searches to find other people to follow in my primary interest areas and maybe using some of the desktop clients instead of just the usual page. Liz Strauss had a great list I need to delve into further. It’s also fun to drop a comment or reply to someone in an informal way, especially someone I’d be concerned that if I emailed I would be intruding.

    • December 17, 2008 3:17 pm

      Beth, thanks for taking the time to add your experience to the discussion. I hope you’ll stop by again.

  4. December 17, 2008 4:05 pm

    the Cycling Artist (link on my site, uses twiter and has her ‘goings on’ on display all the time….I expect it can become very adictive.
    The B.B.C got its fingers rather burnt when it relied on twitter a bit over much when India sufferd that recent terroist attack they picked up on it, as a to;ll I can see its uses……

  5. December 18, 2008 2:59 pm

    Ok I watched the video yesterday and just joined this morning.
    I’ll give this a whirl. 🙂

  6. December 18, 2008 2:59 pm

    My handle is latinpop, btw.

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