Do You Get Twitter?

I’m still not sure I do..

I’ve been using Twitter on and off for a couple of weeks now, I’m still updating on a fairly sporadic basis I’ve not quite got in to a habit yet, although adding the Twitter plugin to this blog has helped to remind me.

I actually signed up for an account at the end of Jan, but when I logged to check it out, I really didn’t get it..

It was only thanks to Matt Backak  deciding to “follow” me that I went back for another look, partly because I had no idea you could “follow” someone, and partly because I had no idea how Matt had found me or would want to follow my “Twitters”, I still don’t know why..

I checked out Matt’s page and suddenly “got” the idea of following someone else’s twitter’s so promptly started “following” a whole bunch of people who’s name’s I recognized and suddenly started to “get” it, a bit, although it does seem that people use it quite differently.

Obviously many marketers, like myself, tend to use it to announce stuff they’re “interested” in, although I’ve tried to keep it to simply “announcing” some of my blog posts that I think people might be interested in.

Other people (including some marketers) use it for all sorts of general stuff, including just day to day stuff that they’re up to, which I also manage to do now and then, although often after some “mental lubrication”, which may not always be the best idea. 🙂

So two weeks in and I know have a dozen people following me, and what I find more amazing is no one has yet “un-followed” me, so I guess I can’t be going to far wrong..?

I do like the basic idea that I can let anyone who’s following me know that I’ve posted something new on my blog without me having to send out an email broadcast, but that’s hardly unique, as RSS does the same thing, and I’m still not convinced people are really going to be that interested that I’m mixing Napoli Salami & Cambrozola with my Voddy & coke, not literally, obviously, but yes, that was one of my “Twitters” recently.

I think I mentioned it may not be a great idea to drunk Twitter.. 🙂

I also find it a little irritating that the twitter page with the updates from the people I’m following doesn’t automatically refresh every minute or so, meaning I need to click refresh now and then to see what’s new.

I’m going to keep at it and see where it goes, and try to keep my drunken twitters to an acceptable minimum.

I’d love to know if you’re using “Twitter” and if so, what for and what “results” are you looking for/have you had..?

Feel free to include a ink to your twitter profile so I can check it out and perhaps start following you too.

If, for some strange reason, you want to follow my twitters you can find me here:

Matt Garrett Twitters

I would at least recommend signing up and grabbing your name (or favorite nickname, or perhaps some keywords) for your own twitter account, before someone else does, even if you’re not sure about whether you “get” it yet..

Update: I just re-read this post after posting it and I realised that Twitter is useful for one important thing if you’re a marketer, it helps focus your mind on creating (or trying to create) short and catchy, attention grabbing “twitters”, as you have a very limited space to “twitter” with.

Why’s that useful?

Simple, it’s great practice for writing short attention grabbing email subject headers and blog post titles, which is a very valuable skill…