Twitter Naysaying

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It can’t all be as good and fun and useful as people say. Twitter will not bring about world peace, solve global warming or any of those things. In the interest of providing some balanced discourse, here are some anti-Twitter posts.

So there you have it. If you aren’t fully dissuaded yet, head visit the Twitter for Business page and find out reasons why you might want to use Twitter as well as tools and examples.

Did someone else write a great article on why Twitter is an absolute waste of time? Let me know in the comments, please.

6 thoughts on “Twitter Naysaying

  1. I’ve since changed my tune about twitter somewhat. My buddy Lani over at agentgenius finally bugged me enough to give it a shot. I’ll go as far as to say, I was wrong as to it’s business potential. It has some. How much? Too early to tell.

    I will say this — my judgment of twitter was in error, based on my 90 days or so experience. Andy Kaufman and Brad Coy also helped me out tremendously in understanding the medium. Between them and Lani’s constant help, I’m about halfway up the twitter ladder.

    I’ll wait ’till a year’s passed before I start handin’ out twitter aid. 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by Jeff. And even better to say how your opinion today may not be the same as when you wrote that article.

    If you don’t mind I’d like to continue connecting to your post because it echoes many common themes that come up when people begin using Twitter.

    Is there any specific event that started to change your mind or was it just having more time to use the tool?

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  4. Hi Gahlord– Happy holidays, I hope Vermont is perfectly snowy about now.

    The Twitter cautionary tales you note here all make valid points. I’m still trying to find my voice and purpose on Twitter as far as writing tweets, but I LOVE IT for research purposes.

    I can see without a doubt how it can be helpful to anyone with a business, a passion, a search for some connectivity/community but it won’t make you a star. Clearly what you bring to the table is what will be the deciding factor. If that is worthwhile, unique, full of integrity, passion, value, commitment, intelligence… then your tweets can point folks to it and they’ll be glad they got there.

    I don’t mind a few “I’m eating turkey with my family” tweets to feel who they are humanly. I’ve found that I’ve had to grow a new way of reading, like watching water in a river. It all looks the same [even oddly mesmerizing ] but here and there I dip in and find a sparkly bit of something in the flow. On occasion there’s even been gold dust.

    We’ll see about the ROI for now it’s just a research tool and a mirror for me to figure out what direction I want to take in my work life. I feel like the kid at the cocktail party eating the cherries and sucking the ice out of the forgotten manhattan glass… but it’s helping me find my way to growing up in the social media marketing world – definitely.

    Thanks for your posts at Union Street…stoke up the woodstove and breathe in the winter air there for me!

  5. Using Twitter for listening is one of the absolute best things to be done. Anyone with a brand or topic of interest should have a few simple alerts set up at the very least.

    I’m with you on the “turkey eating” posts as well. Everyone will have their own signal to noise ratio. Just like in real life.

    Good luck and stay warm,

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