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Mr. Krab
03-06-2009, 11:12 AM
I have never tweeted. I have never seen anyone in the process of tweeting. So what the heck is it? :shake:

'Hamas' Jenkins
03-06-2009, 11:15 AM
Self-involved douchebaggery.

03-06-2009, 11:18 AM
Self-involved douchebaggery.


03-06-2009, 11:25 AM

Check out Twitter. Tweeting is the act of posting to your Twitter account. Super-teens and media junkies are convinced its the next big thing in communication - and it could prove to be, but we'll see. Constant updates on people and their locations/actions. Could be useful for someone in sports or financial reporting, its not a total loss - but it's currently full of 13 year olds saying "OMG Brandon just...."

03-06-2009, 11:27 AM
tweet -
a rolled-up strip of material inserted into the end of your spliff, usu. made from thin cardboard. this term originated in the town of sudbury (ontario, canada) sometime in the 1990s. no one knows where it came from or why it is used in this way, but everyone in this town knows what 'tweet' is, and cannot use the term outside of the bury.
"yo, got any tweet?"
"yo, the tweet fell out of the dube" lol

03-06-2009, 11:28 AM
Twitter you think would work better in a business environment, than a social environment. no?

03-06-2009, 11:28 AM

Check out Twitter. Tweeting is the act of posting to your Twitter account. Super-teens and media junkies are convinced its the next big thing in communication - and it could prove to be, but we'll see. Constant updates on people and their locations/actions. Could be useful for someone in sports or financial reporting, its not a total loss - but it's currently full of 13 year olds saying "OMG Brandon just...."

My experience couldn't be any further from that. What I find it to currently be full of is social media marketers all posting up links about social media marketing and talking about social media marketing, which is ironic since the point (one assumes) of social media marketer is to, you know, market to the customer, not to other marketers.

I'm enjoying using twitter, though. It's much more interesting than facebook to me. Facebook is great for keeping in touch with old friends, but twitter actually seems to have more of a cutting edge feel to it.

Ultra Peanut
03-06-2009, 11:29 AM

03-06-2009, 11:30 AM
I always thought that he was the special move my Asian masseuse ended my monthly session with.

03-06-2009, 11:31 AM
FYI: there is a pretty long thread about twitter and various CP users who use it here:

03-06-2009, 11:32 AM
Facebook has Mafia wars. Twitter don't.

03-06-2009, 11:42 AM
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03-06-2009, 11:48 AM
Twitter you think would work better in a business environment, than a social environment. no?

No doubt - and it has potential to really change things in business. Again, its applicable to a number of scenarios, but it seems to be getting a test-drive from social settings and interest groups.

I have friends who adore it, and follow their favorite artist on tour, or get updates from their political affiliations, sports insiders, or whatever...it's got a ton of potential, but its relatively useless if you're not holding a Crackberry or iPhone.

03-06-2009, 11:52 AM
In fact the mean age of people on twitter is mid-30s. FYI.

03-06-2009, 11:59 AM
In fact the mean age of people on twitter is mid-30s. FYI.

That is truly surprising - where'd you find that info?

Baby Lee
03-06-2009, 12:00 PM
Is it anything beyond basically texting everyone?

It IS weird to hear DI-annne Rehh-eeam invite people to 'tweet the show with your responses.'

Thig Lyfe
03-06-2009, 12:07 PM
If you knew what Google was, you would've found the answer to your question ten times faster.

Thig Lyfe
03-06-2009, 12:08 PM
That is truly surprising

Not if you've paid any attention at all.

03-06-2009, 12:31 PM
Self-involved douchebaggery.

This pretty much sums it up.

03-06-2009, 12:59 PM
Not if you've paid any attention at all.

Yeah, welcome to 2007. The CP link below is a pretty good resource...

Why the Twitter haters are wrong

When Twitter was a scrappy underdog in the Web 2.0 eyeball wars, chatter about the service was like some kind of 1969 San Francisco love-in. But now that major newspapers are writing about it, celebrities are using it and Congressmen are abusing it, the haters are coming out of the woodwork. I understand. Twitter feels trendy. And trendy things (not to mention trendy people) usually deserve our scorn and ridicule. But most of the Twitter haters are misguided and confused.
The UK's Times Online quotes (http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article5747308.ece%3FSubmitted%3Dtrue) a couple of psychologists this week equating the use of Twitter with insecurity. "Twittering stems from a lack of identity," one writes. "It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.” "Using Twitter suggests a level of insecurity whereby, unless people recognize you, you cease to exist," said another.
The article then goes on to mischaracterize Twitter and its followers based on a huge number of absurd assumptions based on nothing. Twitter users are "young" devoid of an "inner life" and "feel marginalized, empty and pointless."
Really, Times Online? Are you sure?

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Unfortunately for the haters, this view is easily proved false. Twitter users are, essentially, everybody and they tweet about, essentially, everything.
Sure, some people post things like “Just ate a bagel” or “hung over this morning… too much Triple Sec!” If you choose to seek out and follow narcissistic, insecure, shallow, self-indulgent people who insist on sharing every mundane detail of their pointless lives, there’s something wrong with you, not the Twitter service.
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And some haters even hate themselves for how they feel about Twitter.
Steven Levy writes (http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-02/st_levy) about what he calls the "Burden of Twitter," which is that he feels guilty when he doesn't post something, and he regrets it when he does.
The Guilt arises when he doesn’t post something because he feels he’s disappointing his followers and failing to give back to the community. Give me a break. Nobody cares if you post anything, Steven. I've got more bad news for you: All those thousands of people who have given you their business cards over the years? Yeah, they're not sitting there staring tearfully at their telephones for you to call, either.
Levy also finds it creepy to share "intimacies" with a "community." Um, again, nobody's twisting your arm here, Steven. I find it bizarre that a journalist and author who publishes his stories in Newsweek and writes bestselling books is queasy and unsure about communicating with a large number of people.
Admittedly, Levy's piece wasn't a criticism per se, but more of an exercise in how social sites like Twitter make us feel. My advice: Get over it.
The bottom line is that most Twitter criticism is really criticism about other people, or self-criticism. Twitter itself is merely a medium, and one that is different and awesome precisely because every user can control exactly who to follow and what to post. It’s like the telephone. When you hear some narcissistic teenager yammering away on something pointless, you don’t attack the telephone system. Because, well, that would be idiotic.
The fact is that Twitter can be a breaking news resource, a celebrity gossip site, a business workgroup communication tool, a personal diary, a way to track packages or thousands of other things. It's whatever you want it to be.
Also: Twitter is not an activity that one does as an alternative to other activities, such as enjoying news stories, watching events on TV, or participating in a hobby. It's simply a better way to enhance and communicate about other activities.
Don't worry, haters. The Twitter hype will soon fade away. In fact, the more useful and ubiquitous Twitter gets, the less hype and excitement it will generate. Twitter will be accepted and used by huge numbers of people, but nobody will care. For example, the telephone is infinitely more useful than Twitter, but there's zero hype about it. Twitter will be just like that soon enough.
So haters: Stop complaining about how shallow and narcissistic Twitter is, and start following someone interesting. Like me!: twitter.com/mike_elgan (http://twitter.com/mike_elgan)

This kind of sums up the previous 65 posts...

Our company* uses it to get out info on our new articles, financial education, as well as links to news of interest to military families. It's a quick and easy way to get basic stuff out there.

The advantages (in theory, at least) of social media, including Twitter, are:

Many customers (former, current, and potential) are already out there in social media, so why not take part?
It works well for companies who want an honest conversation with their customers.
It allows a company to be proactive in its PR efforts, pushing news out there instead of being passive and reacting to it.
It generates traffic to the company's site(s) -- in our case, not tons of it, but those who do come are staying an average of more than two minutes, which is an eternity online, and clicking through the site. Both show they are actually reading our stuff.

Social media is just like any other tool: It's effectiveness is dependent upon how one uses it. Many companies do social media poorly because they are either doing it to seem hip and with the times, or are using it primarily as a sales tool, rather than an information tool.

It should primarily be used as a way to find out what customers want, to let them know what you are doing, and encouraging a dialog. That's where its strengths lay, and the view of those companies who use it successfully.

It can also be good for small companies because it gets your info out there to a ton of people for little to no cost. Granted, targeting it to who you want to actually reach can get tricky, but it can be done, and done well.

If you're truly interested, there are a ton of sites and newsletters out there on how a company can use social media. I suggest doing a search, read a few, and see what you think.


* I have zero intentions of sharing what company that is on this site. At least at this time. ;)

That makes sense, it is what you make of it.

You get a lot of bang for your buck in using strategies like this to market during these tough economic times. Marketing efforts must stay strong during difficult times, otherwise how will customers find you when their pockets begin to fill again.

It is amazing really to see some of the big companies start to "get" it. Right now if someone complains about Sprint on Twitter there is someone right there to say Hi, I work for Sprint...sorry for your problem is there anything I can to do help? They give information or do what they can to escalate and issue.

They are literally creating customer service situations without the customer expecting it. Also, people see your company making these efforts. In a brick and mortar store if I create a good customers service experience for a customer I know it and they know it. I hope they tell their friends. On Twitter everyone sees it and people respect that effort.

I have an account, just need to spend some time connecting to more people, finding the right app, linking to facebook, etc. I wish more people used facebook in the way people use twitter. Being able to comment on people's status was one of the best changes facebook could make, IMO, because it allows for a very clean and efficient way to interact with others.

Like others have talked about, twitter is so much more than just posting what you're doing in under 140 characters. You can share and discuss articles and current events, ask for recommendations just like people do here, rate products/ads/etc that could be viewed by the company.....

The breaking news aspect has been discussed, and I read an article a few weeks ago about how someone was having a hard time resolving an issue at a hotel... they tweeted their concern, and someone at the corporate office who was monitoring twitter for people mentioning the hotel noticed within 20 minutes and ended up getting the issue resolved.

There's someone on CNN (http://twitter.com/ricksanchezcnn) who will post questions on Twitter so he can get live feedback while he's on the air.

In other words, twitter isn't just about looking up friends in order to see what they had for breakfast. You follow people (a distinct difference from 'friending' them), groups, businesses, etc; and can interact (or just watch from afar) like you've never been able to before.

03-06-2009, 01:02 PM
I don't know a single person who would even consider using twitter. And most of my friends have iphones or blackberries.

03-06-2009, 01:16 PM
I always thought that he was the special move my Asian masseuse ended my monthly session with.no that's a jerk the gerkin.. :D