Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
It takes away real communication, it doesn't have a fundamental good thing in it: it merely is for self-promotion. Something people should do without as one can promote themselves by doing good.
I think the early examples of Asthon Kutcher and Miley Cyrus posting what they're doing and where they are was a turn off for a lot of people. I certainly couldn't see how it would be useful to me or make communication better but there were plenty of intelligent people I respected that loved it so I gave it a shot. I still didn't get it but finally, months later, it clicked.
I forget exactly what it was but I found that it was a tool that could make my life better. A tool that could help me communication better. I forget where he wrote/said this but Stephen Fry, a prolific Twitterer basically said that when you only have 140 characters to make a point you learn to write better. You learn to consolidate and focus your points better. You learn to edit your comments, much like a stand-up comedian might retool a joke to be more concise to make it flow better.
Now that is a personal benefit one might get for posting outside of Twitter (and certainly not one I'm adhering to with this post 😷
) but there are plenty of other valuable reasons to use Twitter. For me, the number reason is for news. I use RSS less and less because of Twitter. Being able to skim through recent tweets or recent tweets from a certain name is faster and more efficient than having to scour hundreds of recent RSS feeds to find an article I want to read. It's just fast and convenient. A shortcut to finding more info that interests me.
There are also other benefits like posting something to all your followers, which for me means a few dozen friends as I protect my tweets. It also means seeing what's trending at a given time. When a tragedy strikes Twitter users know first because that will trend. I know what's on the NBC network right now just because of what's trending for the Olympics. A lot of professional bloggers and writers use Twitter to interact with their followers. You can find David Pogue, Arnold Kim, Ricky Gervais, John Gruber, Horace Deidu, Andy Ihnatko and many others responding to users who are commenting on their articles. You can also find them all making comments that they wouldn't have otherwise made a blog or article about.