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Jul 25

Is it a Tweet or a Twit – and do I care?

Ever since I started writing this blog, I was trying to figure out how to deal with Twitter.  In fact, even before I started writing the blog I tried to figure out why I would want to use Twitter.  So I activated a Twitter account (@MartySilbernik) and I slowly started to “follow” Twitter feeds that interested me.

That was relatively easy to do.  I know that I like staying on top of Apple products, so I searched for feeds about Macs, iPhones, iPads, and things of that sort.  There were thousands of them.  So I selected a few and followed them.

I’m not into following celebrities, so I didn’t bother with those.  There’s a couple of companies that I’m interested in, so I added those to my list, and started following them as well.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t learning much that was new to me. Everything that showed up on Twitter pretty much was covered either on Facebook or through some other blogs that I follow. Many of them were on the news sources that I read daily.

But I kept looking anyway.  And suddenly I realized that some of these topics or businesses I was following were posting dozens of times a day.  And most of the time, it wasn’t anything that added much that interested me.  All it did was take up time that I would never get back.

So, I guess where I’m going with this, and I’ll probably get some flack for it, is I’d stay away from Twitter, once you get to a certain age.  It’s confusing for people who haven’t grown up in the digital generation.  Most folks our age, don’t see the value of it.  And quite often, as can be the case with Facebook, it can do some long term damage to someone’s reputation.  Just ask Anthony Weiner.

I’ll be interested in hearing any comments you all might have about this.  Like I said, I’ve been wresting with a reason to use Twitter, and for some reason, I just can’t find a good reason to spend a lot of time on it.

I plan on significantly trimming back who and what I follow.  I know that I won’t follow any one or any company that “tweets” every 5 minutes.  I just don’t have the time. Just think how quickly you’d stop looking at this blog if you got a new post every couple of hours.  It’s just too intrusive and not necessary!

Let me know how you use it.  Give me some ideas that might keep me on board.  Tell me who you’re following and why — maybe I’ll find a new source for good information, like I’m getting from the National Hurricane Center this time of year.

And for sure, share this one… I’d like to hear from other folks in their 50’s and 60’s to see how they feel about Twitter!

Oh yeah — If you have a Twitter account and if you want to, go ahead follow me on Twitter — @MartySilbernik.  Not sure what will show up there, but you’re always welcome!

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  1. J.B. deRosset

    What about people in their 70’s? I have a twitter account but do not follow anyone.

    JB

  2. Marty Silbernik

    If you search on a hobby or an interest, you’ll get a bunch of feeds with that as a keyword. Find the one with the highest number of followers and you should be able to get a feel of what twitter is about.

    Then again, you may just want to avoid it completely

  3. Mike

    I certainly won’t give you any flak about it, you don’t deserve that, but I have to disagree with most of what you’re saying here. One thing is true, some companies seem to feel they have some daily quota to tweet or retweet things of no interest. This clearly diminishes the value of some companies you expected to get value from.

    As far as Twittter on the whole I find in very useful in a number of ways. My personal account is locked and In some ways I use it as private communication with family. My ‘main’ account pushes out posts on jazz from my blog and Facebook accounts. My tweets are limited, and as a private blogger I’ve amassed thousands of followers.

    My main use of Twitter is on a dedicated monitor running Tweetdeck that scrolls non-stop with news and finance updates from a variety of sources. It’s an invaluable tool provided me with a real time newsfeed from a large number of sources that I otherwise would not have the time or opportunity to access. A variety of filters allows me to track news on specific stocks with a ‘$’ symbol.

    Admittedly, just as there is some horrible television programming, movies, and print matter there is a lot of junk on Twitter. And as in your Anthony Weiner example proves Twitter is prone to getting people in trouble. This is all easily avoidable.

    Like it or not Twitter is a serious source of instantaneous news and information. Everyone walking around with a smart phone is a ‘reporter’ – With only about a fifth of the number of Facebook users I believe it to be more powerful and more useful. I expect it to have more staying power in time as well.

    “So, I guess where I’m going with this, and I’ll probably get some flack for it, is I’d stay away from Twitter, once you get to a certain age. It’s confusing for people who haven’t grown up in the digital generation. Most folks our age, don’t see the value of it. And quite often, as can be the case with Facebook, it can do some long term damage to someone’s reputation. Just ask Anthony Weiner.”

  4. Marty Silbernik

    Mike, you make some very valid points. For quite a few people that rely on that constant stream of info, twitter can be a reliable source of info.

    But for a lot of folks, having that kind of instantaneous stream is overkill. But lots of people can be like lemmings. They’ll sign up, get an account and the say “now what?”

    Best…

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