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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

Can someone please in plain and simple English explain the concept of Twitter to me???

What is the point? And why all of a sudden has it become the next best thing since sliced bread???

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

I was thinking the same thing too!

I have a twitter account. But can't use it due to travel, unless I'm online.

They won't take my international number

What they say is it's a mini blogging social network system.

From what I see - You sent out a tweet (txt message) of 140 characters only, to the whole world, or to select people. Small stuff like "I just ate a dodgy kebab"

If any of your mates care, they might message you back.

What I've seen though is that it's turned into a bit of a mega portal for online communication and info swapping.

If people like what you say, they follow you. So you now have more people who like to know everything you go.

Which in turn means that if you have a question, you can send out a message and hopefully get lots of useful answer back.

I think it works if you always have access, and time, and I think more importantly a large following.

Unfortunately, I don't have any of the above!

(edit) oh, I should add. To use twitter you can either use there website, a phone, or a desktop application. There might be other ways, but I've no idea!

Anyways, as an outsider to the whole tweet thing that's my idea of what it's all about!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Feb-2009, at 04:59 by TLWH ]

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 7y

That's a pretty good explanation actually. It's a lot of things to different people also.

Where it *really* shines is in current events. I've been active on Twitter over the past few days as there have been major bushfires near us. A lot of people on Twitter are posting about it with a tag #bushfires. The local emergency services radio station is posting updates, as is the CFA, individual firefighters and numerous other people that have useful information and links to share. A lot now about how to help with relief efforts, etc..

It's pretty hard to grasp its usefulness actually, until you're totally sucked into the void. I didn't get into it until almost a year after signing up, but now I'm addicted. Just search Twitter for some people you might be interested in. In particular, journalists, web designers, entrepeneurs, etc.. can be found in large numbers and quite a few famous people among them. It's a bit voyeuristic that way as well, except we only read what mundane details they choose to share :) I'm following people like Lance Armstrong as an example. There are so many well known people on there now, which adds a lot to the fun.

And one more interesting thing I'm finding; their search function is in fact incredibly handy. It's like searching a database of discussions. So, say you want to find out if xxx company is good.. you just search that company's name and you'll probably find a bunch of positive / negative comments or maybe suggestions for alternatives. I've started using their search quite frequently now. And for a site to be taking away searches from Google is VERY impressive!

Btw, if you do get on Twitter, follow me here and follow Sam here

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

Actually I've been using their search over the past week. It's pretty good for hands on advice alright.

Though I see lots of advertisers are catching on too. Hope they sort that. Did a search for a phone and got nothing but links from two sellers.

At least it's chipping away at google. Let's hope they don't try to buy them out like feedburner.

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

And If you've an hour here's a you tube demo I survived watching it for 5 mins though

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2009, at 02:28 by TLWH ]

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 7y

And why all of a sudden has it become the next best thing since sliced bread???

As an aside, if sliced bread is so good, why does it not exist in 90% of the worlds countries? I mean, almost everywhere/one utilises fire and the wheel, but sliced bread? Nah.

((and thanks, Purdy. I've wondered exactly what this twitter thing is on occasions as well, but never got around to asking the question!))

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 7y

Quoting TLWH

And If you've an hour here's a you tube demo I survived watching it for 5 mins though

Holy crap! Most boring Youtube video evar! haha

I tried twitter, and to me it's kind of like just having a facebook status and that's it.
I signed up but I don't use it... no one else I know uses it so it seems silly.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting Gelli

And why all of a sudden has it become the next best thing since sliced bread???

As an aside, if sliced bread is so good, why does it not exist in 90% of the worlds countries? I mean, almost everywhere/one utilises fire and the wheel, but sliced bread? Nah.

Good point Rich, but I am going to defend sliced bread. Wiki reports that sliced bread made its debut in 1928, in the US. Since Americans (generally) tend to favor speed & convenience over quality, (McDonald's), sliced bread is perfect for: toast, peanut butter & jelly, melted cheese, ham & cheese, etc. sandwiches. Since most of the world do not favor toast or quick sandwiches, sliced bread was never a hit. Or perhaps most of the world's bakeries did not want to invest in slicing machines. Or too many fingers were lost in the slicing machines by poorly trained, poorly paid bakery workers. I just don't know. I did become fond of baguettes when in VN & Cambodia, but good luck putting a piece of baguette in your toaster. Difficult to have toast & jam with tea using a baguette. You can heat up a section of baguette, slather jam, or butter or honey or whatever and call it toast, but we know, it is not really 'toast'.:(

A majority of the world's population do not have potable water either, but that does not make it a good idea. I am going to vote for safe, affordable air travel or fast, affordable computers as better inventions than twitter' since 1928. My 2 cents.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Feb-2009, at 12:18 by vegasmike6 ]

9. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I feel good about myself knowing that I have never been on the twitter webpage. Also let's watch what we say about sliced bread. I like to think that we're all sensible people here.

10. Posted by darrylyoung (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Quoting Brendan

Quoting TLWH

And If you've an hour here's a you tube demo I survived watching it for 5 mins though

Holy crap! Most boring Youtube video evar! haha

I tried twitter, and to me it's kind of like just having a facebook status and that's it.
I signed up but I don't use it... no one else I know uses it so it seems silly.

I'm the exact same, I heard so many people going on about it so I signed up. I've actually never used it since registration - it just looks like Facebook's status update, seems pointless to me but each to their own :)