I finally caved and joined Twitter, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll keep it up.
All the cool kids do it, and I felt like I missed the bus. I’ve had an account for a while, but never really used it. I finally started last week, and I still don’t really see how it has benefitted me. It hasn’t hurt, but hasn’t really helped either.
The motivation to start using it came from Rob. During a lunch conversation, I shared that I was in the market for a new set of computer speakers, and, in so many words, he suggested that I “twitter” it. I knew that Twitter’s hook was for users to say what they were currently doing, but what Rob suggested was a use for Twitter that I hadn’t considered (and coincidentally at the top of LifeHacker’s 5 ways to use Twitter for Good. It was enough to get me curious.
While I would use it for such a purpose, I find that reasoning to be a bit selfish. I would love to receive a hundred instant replies for speaker suggestions. But honestly, I don’t think I would answer if someone else asked the same question. Maybe I’m being overly altruistic, but I don’t feel worthy to be part of a community if I’m not willing to contribute anything myself.
To date, I’ve been using Twitter for about a week, and, like I said, I don’t find it terribly useful. That’s not to say that the application itself is not useful; I just don’t see how it fits with me. I’d like to keep using it; I really do (although I’m not sure why; maybe it’s the peer pressure).
Perhaps you can share as to how it has benefitted you?