And the point of Twitter is?

When a friend asks you, “What is Twitter?” , how do you explain it to them? For me, that’s a tough question to answer. 


Whether you admit it or not, I’m sure if you went back to your first couple of tweets, you could easily fit into the group of people this video is referring to. Who’s at fault for this entire class of Twitter user? I blame Twitter itself. Take a look at Twitter’s definition of itself:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

How many of you know someone that strictly uses Twitter for that reason alone? I sure don’t. And if I did, I wouldn’t be following them in the first place. Therefore, I don’t know any. Keep up.

what-is-twitter-1I guess the success of Twitter stems from the fact that we are able to adapt Twitter to what we want it to be. Personally, I love the fact that Twitter offers a platform for open conversation. If you want to join in, you can @ or #hash in. If you just want to be an observer, you can follow the conversation with ease and be totally in control.

Why do you use Twitter?

Video via René Fischer.

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  • Xander May 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    To me, Twitter feels alot like what RSS feeds where suppose to be. A live and fast platform to throw in quick information.

    Of the people I follow, I get around 20 tweets out of the usual 200 “junk” that I will follow up on (clicking on a link, replying to a discussion). Still, those other “200” are worth something to somebody.

    To describe twitter: “It’s like a quick SMS service that can be used on a phone, web, or any other device. The Programs built using the service can meet your needs for texting, gathering information, or receiving one-way messages from people and sites you want to be updated by.”

  • Inna April 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I finally updated my site haha and I have the comments on this time :P.
    you know its funny I come across this entry because just the other day my supervisor was asking if anyone knows what is twitter and what it is used for and I could not even explain it..but I tried to use it and it confused the shit out of me so I gaveup!

  • Amanda April 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Your site does Rock. I found it because of your other rocking site – And I have to tell you that the creator of the Twitter cartoon [SuperNews] you posted is a super good friend of mine from the super cool town of Petaluma, California and so clearly you have realized that we rock.

    ps: your taste in music is awesome.