If you have had a chance to look at my About page you know that I can be found on Twitter @TheCakeScraps. I can’t say that I use Twitter a lot, mostly for small updates and general questions, but I really think that is where the value in Twitter lies.
CommonCraft.com has an interesting video on what Twitter is. They elect to describe it more as an away message that you would find on Pidgin, AIM or whatever you may use. This includes updates such as “Going to the game” or “sitting around the house”.
It is true that some people do use it for that, but I tend to think that it actually degrades the service. In fact, there are occasions where I do not follow people simply because I don’t want to have to wade through endless tweets that I don’t really care about. There was an interesting post on A Thousand Cuts that conveyed a similar thought
On Twitter, many folks share personal details like what’s for dinner, how much they love caffeine or the occasional banter about the Red Sox. These conversations help us get to know contacts more personally, but can at times be perceived as noise.
Don’t get me wrong, I can enjoy a daily update about what went on or how you are feeling. What I don’t want is an update every 10 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to read through all of that crap.
I use Twitter more as a mini-blog. I think of each tweet as a post rather than an away message. I like throwing in a link to my latest post. I like posing a question or thought and getting reactions. That is what I really love about Twitter. That is what I have time for. Follow me on Twitter @TheCakeScraps. You won’t be disappointed you did.
What about you? How do you think that Twitter should be used?
This has been a Thought From The Cake Scraps.