Twitter Doesn’t Suck Like I Thought It Did

Twitter BirdI can’t think of anything in the last several years where I’ve completely changed my thinking about it in 24-48 hours. I’m talking about a 180 degree change from thinking this is the dumbest thing ever to, wow, this is great and everybody should be using it. I’m now a total Twitter believer.

Probably the biggest thing that convinced me as to how useful Twitter could be, was when people started tweeting my posts. First Wordvixen tweeted a post, then Jeremy Palmer tweeted my post about Twitter being hard to explain. Then I discovered I had nearly twice as many followers on Twitter as I had friends on Facebook, and it only took 2 days to do that. The light bulb is on at level three now.

And not only that, I like Twitter much better than I like Facebook because I can get a quick rundown of what everybody is doing or if they have an interesting article I might want to read on their blog. I don’t get assaulted with ads, or lame applications to install, or people contacting me that I have no idea who they are, or repeated friend requests that I’ve ignored over and over, or stuff that I’m just not interested in. I am a full time affiliate marketer and Facebook seems like a playground, whereas Twitter seems more serious and if I see tweets I’m not interested in, it’s simple, I just don’t read them.

Also, Twitter can actually save you time if you don’t abuse it. I’m trying to follow the major bloggers I read on a consistent basis by watching their tweets and most of them will tweet a new blog post, which keeps me from unnecessarily perusing their blogs and wasting time. Since you can have multiple accounts, Twitter can also be used to send out updates to a specific group of people such as with Jeremy Palmer’s Black Ink Project where he is mentoring a group of 1,000 people on how to be profitable in affiliate marketing, which he is graciously doing for free.

No, Twitter definitely does not suck like I though it did.

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8 Responses to “Twitter Doesn’t Suck Like I Thought It Did”

  1. If you want to keep track on certain blogs, I think good RSS reader (i.e. Google Reader) or WidSets (www.widsets.com), if you want to get them into your mobile phone, is probably going to be better solution than using Twitter for the job, but then again I might be wrong.

  2. Thanks for the shout outs! I’ll have to check out Jeremy Palmer, but you may be interested in Maki from doshdosh. She’s running a private tutoring group on how to use Digg effectively. She set it up on a blog, but rounded up people by tweeting about it.

    Twitter really is an incredible tool for both social and work reasons, and it’s not a time suck like so many other programs by virtue of it’s character limit. And, of course, you can stop following or block anyone that gets on your nerves.

    I still have to figure out what these “nudges” and options are, though.

  3. Uh-oh. I fear we may have lost you forever. Beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.

    Seriously, I’m on Pownce (recently) but have thought about re-joining Twitter just to stalk other people (you included!).

    I hear it’s excellent for A.D.D. and for keeping real human progress at bay. I’ll tweet you or nudge you or whatever if I do.

    And yes, I think that sounds extremely gay, too. They should change the name to Smackdown. More people would join.

  4. Ever since I heard of it I thought Twitter was lame with a capital L. Your posts are making me rethink that. Who knows, I may check it out some day

  5. F**k! (excuse my french) – yet another web tool I have to check out now!! I was desperately hoping NOT to get sucked into this one. I have been putting off looking at twitter forever, and now I HAVE to look at it….THANKS ALAN! THANKS A LOT!!


  6. Though there is lot of twitter talk everywhere, i dont understand how it works. also no such details guide on their site too.

  7. Argh, I guess I’ll have to check it out. Too many people saying how useful it has become for them to ignore it for much longer!

  8. John,

    LOL! I used to think exactly the same thing. You’re just a week or so behind me. I tried desperately not to get into Twitter, but alas, it happened.

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