Saturday, October 2, 2010

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I'm serious about this question.  Should I join Twitter or not?  The first time I heard of Twitter, I couldn't imagine ever using it.  Facebook was a better fit for my social networking needs.  It pains me to admit that I don't entirely understand Twitter and definitely don't know how to use it.  Although I could see wanting to get regular text message updates on a serious breaking news story, I can't imagine why anyone would want to get text message updates from individual people or websites.  Is it because of my age?  With email, Facebook, and RSS feeds, i get more than enough information coming my way.

Why am I suddenly curious about Twitter?  The deeper I delve into the world of blogging, the more I am encountering the tweeting phenomenon.  There are contests and giveaways that require you tweet specific information in order to enter.  I have seen Twitter Hops (similar to Blog Hops?) on different blogs.

What I want to know is if it is worth signing up for.  I'd have to learn the lingo and how to navigate the system.  Would anyone really want a tweet from me?  Would I get information from tweets that I'm not already getting from Facebook, emails, and RSS feeds?  This is not a rhetorical question - I need answers.  Please give me your thoughts on the subject.

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