Twitter has been growing exponentially since its launch, but if you’re like a lot of people I’ve talked to, you aren’t on it yet. I’m sure you have plenty of good reasons for staying away, but I thought I’d use today’s post to make a case for joining the conversation.
So, why should you join Twitter?
1. It’s where the news is.
Most of the 56 people I follow on Twitter are CAD-related in some way – either Autodesk colleagues or other industry leaders. (The rest are just for fun…a few authors, celebrities, and one or two actual news feeds.) They often link to articles or blog posts I haven’t seen yet, or post CAD tips in 140 characters or less. It’s a rare day when I don’t learn something from a tweet.
It’s also great for breaking news – things get posted nearly in real time, so it’s easy to keep up.
I manage my feeds with a free program called TweetDeck. It lets me display people in different lists in different columns, plus see who’s mentioned me in recent tweets.
New tweets pop up in a little window similar to an Outlook e-mail notification. They fade after a few seconds, so I can ignore them or click on a link if it’s something that catches my attention.
(You can turn these off if you don’t want them – they can be a little…distracting.)
2. It’s fun to eavesdrop.
A few of the people I follow like to use Twitter to talk to each other like they were sitting at neighboring desks. Sometimes I join in, sometimes I just laugh along at my own desk. It’s almost like being at the office, without smelling the tuna fish they brought for lunch.
3. You don’t have to say anything.
Just because you join Twitter doesn’t mean you have to post a single tweet. Lurking is perfectly acceptable. It’s easier to organize the people you like to follow if you have an account, but nothing says you have to speak up yourself.
4. When you do have something to say, it’s easy to say it.
However, chances are that some tweet will go by that you want to comment on, or you have a question for somebody you follow. If you already have an account, it’s easy to dash off your 140-character message and join the conversation.
Those are my top 4 reasons – do you have more?