10 reasons for using Twitter


Recently, I was invited to talk to a retiree group about social media.

They were a lovely, inquisitive bunch, seriously pondering whether social media might offer something to them.

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It was one of those presentations which reaffirmed my appreciation for Twitter in particular. This happens whenever I explain why I like Twitter so much. So I’ll reiterate for you, what I said to them:

10 reasons for using Twitter:

  1. Twitter can help you find new friends.
  2. Twitter can give you breaking news.
  3. No matter what your hobby or passion, Twitter can help you follow it and find out more.
  4. Twitter can help you find answers. Also known as #lazyweb. Why Google something or ask a workmate, when you can tweet a query and crowdsource even further?
  5. Twitter can prod and provoke you and change your mind on issues. You might change other people’s minds. It’s a place where you can engage in debate.
  6. Twitter can put you in touch with your role models, idols and others who you may have thought you’d never be able to interact with.
  7. Twitter can provide fun, distraction and company when you need it.
  8. Twitter can keep your mind agile. Join a silly Twitter hashtag (which typically ask for variations on band names, movie names or book titles). Or join into movements like #artwiculate, “the Twitter based word of the day competition”. See @artwiculate.
  9. Twitter can keep a record of your life. It’s the whimsical little things, ponderings and small talk that you might not recall if it weren’t for Twitter, but could be precious in years to come. It might even contribute to history. You can use a Twitter archiving tool for this, like Twournal.
  10. Twitter is whatever you make it: you subscribe to (or follow) the Twitter accounts that add value to your life. If you change your mind, you can easily unfollow.

Did I miss anything?

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Could not agree more! Twitter is amazing and I spend quite a lot of my waking hours there. I’ve met incredible friends, constantly been offered support and advice from little things to big things, got my hands on concert tickets, dated C-grade celebrities, found out about Amy Winehouse’s death thirteen minutes after it was announced in the UK, discovered the most amazing tinted moisturiser on this earth, discovered that men truly are wonderful, discovered that women truly are wonderful, got in contact with what is now a really good client… should I continue?

    1. Prakky says:

      That is indeed amazing. Thanks for sharing those tales, Ruby. I have similar ones. Like the three pals I’m meeting for drinks tonight, all of whom I met on Twitter.

      1. Wow! I LOVE that. There’s a book in that… 🙂

  2. Great list! I had to explain to a couple of people today what twitter was; it’s actually hard to give a quick outline! I reckon I covered points 2,3 and 6 only. The others are great points, and will add to my own fledgling experience of twitter! Describing twitter as what it can mean to you, instead of what is technically is and how it works, is a great way to go!

    1. Prakky says:

      Thanks Belinda. I agree: explaining personal benefits rather than ‘how to’ to some people gives them the curiosity (and sometimes the confidence) to check it out themselves.

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