In the bgnng
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 02:30pm 20 Comments
There was a First Tweet.
And it was good.
just setting up my twttr
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
He was interviewed for 60 Minutes recently, which you can view here. This video is more concise:
If you are not on Twitter, you need to be. But I repeat myself.
And you must, I repeat, must, follow @LegInsurrection.
Here is a basic intro..
Now get it.
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Twitter is the absolute first place I go to when I turn on my phone or computer. I follow some 300+ people, from smart bloggers like yourself, to totally silly things like @blueberry411, who shares the skinny on the fine fruit. In one swipe of my iPhone, I can see breaking news, read funny one liners from @SteveMartinToGo, see if my town has road closures, and know if my Phillies are winning. Honestly, I couldn’t live without Twitter.
I don’t need to be on twitter, man-children hashtagging their fave celebz. I do read Twitchy often, however, out of a morbid fascination to personally document the nadir of intellectualism in all of its smarmy, narcissistic glory.
Here’s an example of 21st century, labyrinthine, 140 character-or-less, activism “20+ million unemployed #PresidentPriorities RT @BarackObama: Finish your bracket: It’s time for #MarchMadness. http://bit….ly/XscIEb”
Where do you even begin? Civilization in retrograde.
Yeah, just what I need every morning – to be flooded with hundreds of messages about what kind of toothpaste a bunch of adolescents are using today.
And since both the federal government and local law enforcement are monitoring Twitter, why should I voluntarily consent to being spied upon?
You’ll only get messages from the people you follow. You can keep the list all political, all educational, all financial – it’s YOUR decision who you follow. You can block people who follow you if you don’t want them.
C’mon LI readers. I can’t be the ONLY Twitter fan here! Help me out. 🙂
You’re not the only one who uses twitter, 10s of millions do. Stop.
I can see I am in the minority here. Look at it this way: Twitter is like speed dialing hundreds of your favorite bloggers in a nanosecond. Since I follow @LegInsurrection, I saw this post AS it went live, the second the professor clicked “publish”, it was in my twitter feed. I don’t have to constantly to to his website – I click the tweet and voila, I’m here, logged in, ready to comment or read.
Also think of this: it’s like instant feedback to a TV show you are watching. Last night Diane Sawyer did a story about Steven Colbert’s sister winning. However, Sawyer mispronounced candidate Colbert’s last name wrong. He pronounces it Col-bear. She Col-berT. A tweet to ABC News gets an instant response of Thanks.
Just now, on my own blog, I need help from the American Statistical Association. I added their twitter handle @AmStatNews in my post, and within two minutes, they retweeted it to their 3005 followers. I expect to have an answer from someone quickly. THAT’S the genius of Twitter. Forget the Hollywood gossip. Think of it as a business/marketing tool.
Please don’t assume that having little use for twitter is due to ignorance of how to use twitter – we get enough of that sort of presumptuousness from liberals and Democrats.
Some folks have a use for it, others don’t. I don’t. I tried it three separate times, learned nothing I did not already know, and it quickly became a chore to keep up with it.
I signed up for Twitter the night of The Filibuster, so I could #StandWithRand.
I follow and re-Tweet Legal Insurrection.
photo I use on Twitter is now 7 yrs old !
I gave it up for Lent. Just don’t remember which Lent..
I have Twitter but don’t get the point of it. It’s kinda boring and hard to use. I learn more on your blog (and a few others) than anywhere else.
I had a twitter account for over a year and didn’t see the point; didn’t get it; didn’t see a value in it; didn’t want to use it; no one could make me want to use it.
Then one day, I got tweetdeck.
Now? I am a warrior on twitter and went from 10 or so I followed such as Sarah Palin & 10 or so friends who followed me to over 10 thousand followers and climbing and I battle big shots and little shots alike.
That virtually *everyone* who has any clout in politics and liberal and conservative media has and uses a twitter account means I can and have had toe-to-toes with some of the biggest names there are and conversed with House Reps on both sided.
There is nothing else like it on the planet.
But like a bicycle, you have to want to go places enough to deal with a learning curve.
Call me a luddite. I’ll never use FB or twitter. E-mail works fine, and I don’t need to share my private thoughts to the rest of the world. Besides which, how many people have lost their jobs due to twitter? A few Olympic athletes come to mind, and quite frankly it’s more dangerous in a world where government can basically read any data that has been put on the internet.
Oh, and I do not use FaceBook for anything but reading something of political interest and/or throwing a political “like” to those who deserve it such as Professor Jacobson.
Otherwise, my FB looks like an abandoned car lot.
Facebook and Twitter are not the same thing.
I use Facebook for my social life and don’t say anything political on it. I’m not interested in irritating my friends and some of them would be irritated if I started talking politics. I have limited my friends to a few friends and a bunch of relatives. I used Facebook to invite people to parties at my home. I use Facebook to see what my friends are up to and I tell them what I am up to either individually by messaging them or as a group where I announce what I am up to. Sometimes I’ll post youtube videos that I like. I am amazed at all the different things my small circle of friends are up to!
I have yet to try twitter! Does my twitter handle have to be my name?
Catherine, I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but be very careful about announcing what you are doing on FB!
Here’s another article that is more comprehensive:
I appreciate your comments. I have considered my privacy and limit my postings to my small circle of friends. I have carefully considered the information that just anyone can see.