Of course there are plenty who know me who would probably agree with this sentiment and will say that I have always been a bit of a twit, but I am not talking here about my predisposition to often act like an idiot. No, I am referring to my latest craze taking up my time, Twittering on Twitter.
When I first tried out Twitter quite a while ago, I was honestly completely confused by the whole thing, and couldn’t see what all the interest and ravings were all about. To me, it seemed like a group of individuals (usually males) all talking in sentences to each other in a strange language that this Granma could not make head nor tale of. Not only that, as a typical female who always tends to have a lot to say, I had real problems with being able to give an answer or converse with anyone using just 140 letters, and so kept ‘butting up’ against that limitation as well. How could I possibly get said what I wanted to say in so few words?
Most of the sentences that you read tended to be liberally peppered with strange symbols and words such as # @ bit, tinyurl, http, etc, but the most confusing part was that you could only see peoples answers to other people, you couldn’t see what they were actually answering or talking about, so a one sided view of a two part conversation, similar to listening to someone on the phone. It didn’t make any sense! I couldn’t make head nor tail of it, and so at first I couldn’t see what the attraction was or visualise that I would be able to use or take to it at all. After all, how could you possibly follow anything when all you were seeing were sentences such as
1. yes thanks I found it.
2. What do you mean?
3. That’s alright then!
5. Is it? Hey that’s great! Thanks.
At first I tried to make sense of it all by reading the answer, then trying to go to the person’s page who was at the other end of the conversation, but this didn’t always work as then I had to search amongst that persons ‘twitter’ conversations to find the first person whose original sentence I had read in the first instance. (Hope you are all following this!)
But then my attitude towards Twitter began to change. I discovered Twhirl, a desktop application that allows you to receive, reply and view all of your tweets from your followers and those that you follow. I also realised that there was quite a lot of useful information being ‘tweeted’ about which this info hungry Granny was interested in. I was tending to see any new announcements on Twitter about new applications and new launches etc before it became available elsewhere!
Not only that, but I was also gaining followers despite the fact that compared to everyone else on there, I know precisely nothing! wOOt! For those of you who are reading this blog and are now completely confused and bewildered by most of this post, followers are other Twitters who choose to keep up with your Twitter posts. You can then return the compliment by following them. I have had more snippets of information on what is going on via Twitter than via any other method, and now I am an avid user!
I am now trying out another desktop application for Twitter that I really like called TweetDeck. It is working really well with Windows 7. It takes up a little bit more room on your desktop than Twhirl, and I have tried to make it smaller by cutting down the columns and making them narrower, but I do like it. It looks really good and I love the noise (a bird call) when you receive someone’s Twitter!
So that’s my new must have social networking application (which of course also shows in the updates whenever I post a TWITTER or anyone in my Network in my ‘What’s new with your Network’ on Windows Live as well!)
The only big problem I am left still pondering over though is this: what is the descriptive noun for someone who uses Twitter, is it a Twitterer or a Twit?
Why don’t you give Twitter a try?