A Twitter Experience

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I was assured the Twitter experience is unrivalled; that it is a great way to connect with others; that the information given is short and succinct (people’s tweets are only 140 characters long). Curious about this form of social media, I decided to give it a try.

And was disappointed!

My first hurdle was uploading my profile photo. Used to the simplicity of uploading photos to my Facebook account, it was frustrating to try to figure out how to do so for my twitter profile photo. I struggled to get it to the right size (fiddling with computers is not my strong suit). I refused to give up: I did not want to appear as an “egg”, an anonymous oval shape with my name next to it. I finally succeeded in uploading a picture next to my twitter name, but I would not be able to tell you how I succeeded.

The next obstacle to overcome was learning the language of tweets: RT, #, @. After reading many messages, I figured out the meaning of the short “words” and symbols used by twitterers. I had learned the language but it still seemed a bit wooden to me.

I began participating in the twitter world: replying to tweets and sending @ messages. I did not experience, however, any true connection with the people I was following. In addition, the tweets I read seemed random and uninteresting; the information given too brief to make any true sense or have any relevant meaning. Messages were too short, too impersonal, too arbitrary.

In my opinion, the effort of making a connection with others via twitter is too time consuming. I am not prepared to spend my days cleaved to a mobile phone reading my twitter stream. Instead I will continue communicating long distance with family and friends via Facebook; and make connections with like-minded people though my WordPress blog (connections made so much easier now with the new comment function).

My foray into twitterland has been laid to rest. I acknowledge that the experience for others may be positive. But for me, Twitter has not left me all a-twitter.

Do you use Twitter? What has been your Twitter experience?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

22 thoughts on “A Twitter Experience

  1. I’ve had Twitter since it started. I don’t think it’s a good way of connecting with people. I use it as a news source. The hashtags # I find useful … if I want to post something about our city here [Saint John], and make sure that other Saint Johners see it, I’d tag it #saintjohn. Also when I want to find out what has been posted about #saintjohn.

    I hardly every use it. It’s very difficult to get followers. In the beginning, many people thought it was just another chat programme.

    http://twitter.com/rebkins

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  2. I think Twitter is great if you follow various news organs and want a constant stream of headlines. I also have a friend across the country who is often online the same time I am, so we end up having fun little Twitter exchanges. And it’s good if you’re bored at work. But it takes a lot of effort to make Twitter happen, and I’m not committed enough to it at this point.

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  3. I’ve very recently starting tweeting….it’s interesting enough but hasn’t exactly set me on fire with enthusiasm….I’m pretty sure I’m doing it wrong. I do like the quickness of it and that it’s not something which requires a huge time commitment on my part. : ) Facebook, however, is one thing I can not get into. It’s far too time consuming.

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    1. I like facebook as it is one way in which I can communicate with friends and relatives in South Africa. We often use the private meassages (as opposed to writing emails).

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  4. I use Twitter everyday to either post my blogs, videos from my church and sometimes just general biblical messages. The 140 characters do not apply if you paste you blog article link into the box and than you can use # to insert your hash marks e.g #Jesus #Faith etc. there is also Tweet Deck which allows you to post long updates. Twitter can come in handy for quick sharing of your blogs. Whatever hash tags you use, it will show in post of people that used the same hash tags. Blessings, Freddy.

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  5. I have a twitter account as a placeholder, Not much is going on by way of connecting though. I agree, it’s too time consuming to engage properly. But that applies to any platform. I am not using Facebook a lot, maybe I should.

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  6. I recently posted my 140-character opinion of tweeting and the twitter twits. My only reservation about that is that one of the bloggers I respect most for brilliant writing then confessed to regular twittering and invited me to try. I may yet do that.

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  7. Colline, all the social networking is a bit like learning a foreign language, it takes time and effort to become fluent and comfortable. I have actually connected with many people that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Learned about blogs, conferences and networks that I didn’t know about before twitter. I have enjoyed your comments on my blog, so glad to have you following our little community at Redemptions Beauty!

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  8. I use it but, most of the time, I get frustrated because I have to squeeze my thoughts into only so many characters. I’m a bit wordy. So, that tends to be a challenge. It’s alright, but not my favorite form of connection.

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  9. Have not yet used twitter and I think that what comments I have read here sums it all up, for me. If I want to write, then it is difficult to reach others in 140 characters, but if you want to converse, and have a following, then it may be fun. Twittering reminds me of work dialog, where there is a lot of banter for fun, comraderie, info sharing and morale building. The banter is done in rapid, short sentances that are meant to be witty, encourage laughter or make a wry point with the group. It is a very fast and interesting communication exchange. But, I think without being in the company of others, tone, body language and group reaction may be lost?? I am interested in twitter as it seems to be popular, but I might need to find a comment stream I am interested in to find it appealing.

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