Why Twitter? Isn’t it just meaningless trivia?

March 3, 2009

Why Twitter?

Twitter. Does it conjure images of people sharing meaningless trivia online, like “Brushed my teeth” or “Walking the dog” or “Had pizza for dinner”? This impression is fairly common among non-Twitter-users. But if that’s true, why is Twitter growing and getting media attention?

These are questions I asked myself. A related question was, “Since I’m using Facebook, why would I ever want Twitter?”

Questions, questions

If you’re on the outside looking in, you may be wondering what all the hype is about. Here’s a series of posts explaining the things that piqued my interest, and the learning process they took me through:

  1. Why Twitter: Flight 1549 and viral news
  2. Why Twitter: Conference participation
  3. Twitter vs. Facebook
  4. Twitter is not Facebook Lite

What about you? What questions do you have why Twitter is important or how it works?

(If you’re ready to give Twitter a try, see my series Before You Sign Up for Twitter, followed by Twitter Practical How-to’s.)

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.