Anyone use it? I've signed up for it and I just don't get it. Does anyone understand it? I don't see how on earth it's supposed to be useful
I'm going off facebook as well, whereas David - a former sceptic - is a fuly signed up member of facebook pirate battleships.
It's the same thing as Facebook status updates.
I could take it or leave it, but I'd definitely rather not know what somebody had for breakfast. Or how many times they've been the loo today.
I've only watched somebody's twitter for "realtime" updates on the status of something I was waiting for the release of (a video game). I then got bored and went shopping and - of course - they released it whilst I was out.
Facebook pirate battleships was only while Petra was at a particular job where the only thing the firewall would let through was Facebook.
You want us to actually work during the day? pah.
Please never let bloggerati become a common word.
OK. I think the only way I'm going to 'get' twitter is by widening the circle of people who I link in to.
"follow" me or whatever it is and I'll follow you. This is me: http://twitter.com/firetail
I'm giving it a week before I shut it down.
Andy, I didn't realise you were so rogueishly handsome. I'm jealous of your beard.
I rarely tweet, but find that by following organisations and individuals that I’m interested in one queues up a list of amusing/curious links to explore when bored. Make sure you follow Simon Pegg.
This is how I feel about Google+.
When I joined two months ago, I had 25 G+ friends. As of today, I have 26. Of those, one posts incessantly. Two more post occasionally. The rest are silent, as am I. It's not exactly sociable.
Three years from now, will I be amazed that back in 2011, I didn't really see the point of G+?
@therealmrkhan is also comedy genius. And it wouldn’t be twitter without @johnprescott
For me, Twitter is useful for work, and I have a clear work=twitter friends=facebook divide in my head. It's good for keeping up with people you might otherwise drop out of touch with.
Google+ is rubbish. In my stream most of the content is being added by people I know who work at Google.
@arkady - i genuinely don't know what to say.
My work is obsessed with Twitter, so I reluctantly (and rarely) use it but it infuriates me. Most people I follow seem to use it entirely for showing off or profile-raising (I should probably just unfollow them). But even keeping up with the interesting people takes a huge amount of time - I can waste hours looking back through someone's feed and while the stuff they direct me to is usually pretty interesting, I rarely remember it for long and I just can't see how all this information - delivered in ill-thought-out snippets - is improving my life. I have already noticed that I find it harder to read a book these days. Not good.
And it is very unreliable - during the riots it was full of misinformation and scaremongering.
Most of the people I really rate and respect aren't on Twitter, which tells me a lot. But I will persist I suppose - can I add a plea for tips too? Like, is there a way to keep following someone who annoys you (but you don't want to offend by unfollowing), but not have their tweets appear?
I primarily use Facebook for events and sharing ‘friend’ photos. I use photobucket for my development-geek photos. I’ve only been using twitter for a month or two, and it’s slowly taken over the ‘wall’ function from Facebook for me. It would have completely taken it over, but only a fraction of my friends are on Twitter. I tried and failed to integrate my twitter posts and Facebook feed – if anyone can tell me how to make that work I’d be grateful.
@andy – I understand. I’ve had you described to me by a handful of people who have met you in the flesh, and for some reason I was left with a very different mental picture. I had in mind… sportswear.
@FourEyes – you have a stray apostrophe there that you might want to tackle before tosscat sees it.
Google+ seems utterly pointless.
I love twitter. I have a personal account and I am also the tweetvoice of the twitter account for my workplace.
It's unbelievably useful for work. Most people follow back when you follow them as a well known company so you get to talk directly to people who you might otherwise have had to try to contact through agents/publicists etc. It's great for letting the public and customers know what's going on and what's new and each site has it's own voice, so the company is not seen as a faceless behemoth. I really enjoy it.
My personal twitter is fabulous both for keeping in touch with pals and mostly for networking for freelance and craft stuff. I mainly follow people who do a similar kind of thing so they follow back and I get to hear about all kinds of opportunities that I might miss. I like @Reginald_Jeeves.
@KRS the best thing to do is start by following people you know, people in a similar field and people that you are genuinely interested in.
I know @wstoneoxfordst, and they are, like most booksellers, aspiring authors and post their tweets here http://storify.com/wstonesoxfordst/waterstonescom in the hope of being discovered.
@emine - lists. I keep three private lists with about 20-odd people on each: ('friends', 'people i know' and 'work')
i mainly look at those lists and then dip in and out of the main stream.
four eyes - please don't take it personally! I am slightly overwhelmed by the signal:noise ratio of all this social media.
ah, what four eyes said.
@harpistic - thanks, your post sounds really useful but I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about - I am so behind! I don't use an app, I just the web. This is wrong, yes? I tried Tweetdeck once but couldn't work it out. I will investigate Destroy Twitter.
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