Sunday, 25 January 2009
|2015 - What the...?|
I set up a Twitter account a couple of weeks ago, largely to reserve the account name. I haven't posted a thing to it. I'm not sure what to use it for.
After I signed up for a Flickr account so I could comment on an image, I've had folks add that to their lists. I expected that, though I expect them to be disappointed, as I have no particular plans to post pictures to it.
What's strange is that I'm getting notifications that people are following my Twitter account. Huh?!
current mood: confused
Twitter is bizarre. I can't figure out what it's good for either, or why people use it. I've had an account there for more than a year, and people keep "following" me too, adding me to their lists even though I never say anything.
It's not the notifications that caught me by surprise; it's the fact that people added me to their follow list in the first place even though I never mentioned I had an account anywhere.
You can search Twitter by name. I think that's what they're doing. These people probably remember your habit of dressing up in form-fitting Tron costumes occasionally.
Twitter to me has been nothing but annoying. Some friends cross-post it to LJ, and fill up my friends page with inanities. So I'm forced to de-friend them.
It seems like everyone uses Twitter differently. A lot of my favorite websites have Twitter accounts, so I can get updates quickly. It's even faster than Google Reader.
Twitter is best known as a "micro-blogging" service. You write 140-character updates, or "tweets."
A good way to find people is using Twitter's search
to find specific subjects. (The "trending topics" is pretty cool.)
Twitter is also emerging as a news medium. During the Mumbai attacks, people in the city were giving information much faster than the cable news channels were.
I'll probably never use Twitter, for the same reason I don't ever plan to own a non-business cellphone. I'm the kind of person who, when I sit down to dinner, I don't answer the phone. Or, I'll answer and ask them to call back. I don't need to stay connected to the world, or be reached twenty four hours a day. I'm certainly not about to regularly update everyone on my plans throughout the day.
I've had people sign up to follow my Twitter account, too. Most of those have been total strangers; my guess is that they've used some kind of automated software to track accounts that meet certain criteria. If I can't figure out the identity of somebody who's following me on Twitter, I'd just de-friend them and block them from following you in the future.
I don't get Twitter either. I don't think I've even been to the site. Fro what I can tell it's just like Facebook, and I already have a Facebook account, why would I want to go there?
To be fair, the maintainer of a humour mailing list I subscribe to (a pretty good one, you should check it out!) wrote about it in his blog (http://www.thisistrue.com/blog-twitter_why_you_should_care.html
), explaining it to us "muggles" and why it is a good thing and why people should use it, but I still don't see it as something I might use.
People might be following yours because they're fans of "The Tron Guy" (don't know if you're registered under your character name or your real name, but I'm sure that any serious fan of "The Tron Guy" would know your real name), they might be notified of new registers, see yours, say "Hey! I'm a fan of that guy! Better follow him so I can see what he would post!"
Just my guess anyways.
Well.. Guess what..
Thanks to you, I now have a twitter account ;)
and a livejournal account (since I can't post without having one.. not like I'm going to be using that one !)
Well now of course I have to add you. ;)