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4 Reasons Why Twitter Doesn’t Suck

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I’ve always heard about Twitter, but I didn’t become a part of its community until about a year and a half ago when a friend finally taught me how to use it. Now, it’s my favourite social network!

Here are some of the reasons I love Twitter and how it has enriched my (social) life:

Sharing

It’s so easy to share content with your friends. I share my favourite songs, movie trailers, quotes and links to my creative writing, and share pictures of what I’m up to.

Result: I’ve become the go-to person for literature, film, writing, and geek culture.

Trending / Breaking News

Traditional news outlets (ie: television, print) updates you on events maybe up to 3 times a day. Twitter updates you on the minute. It’s my way of getting instant, breaking news. Is it snowing? What are the latest political issues? Another band broke up? What new quirky thing did Jennifer Lawrence say? Is there a .gif for that? Twitter will let me know.

Result: Staying updated instantly and being in the know about current events.

Twitter Chats

This is a great way to network with people who have the same interests as you. You can share your own experiences and learn from others as well. And if you attend the same Twitter chats regularly, people will be sure to interact with you more and even start following you.

Result: Become a part of a community and their discussions as well as network with people who have the same interests as you.

Live-tweeting

Watching a movie? Or reading a popular book? Sometimes, I live-tweet while I’m watching a movie or popular tv show. Along the way, followers will respond to my reactions or even share their experiences when they’ve watched the movie.

Result: Conversation starter.

Contests & Giveaways

I follow a lot of book publishers and film companies, and sometimes they announce a contest or giveaway they’re holding. Sometimes, it is as simple as retweeting something they have tweeted. I’ve won a few books and free advance screening tickets along the way. It’s a lot of fun!

Result: Interaction with a brand. Let’s you talk to a big entity that you may not get the chance to in real world.

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Follow me on Twitter: @StephFurlan and be sure to leave a comment below!

What social network(s) do you love? And why?

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  • http://twitter.com/a_wordsmith Ardo the O-some

    I’m a Twitter girl. Go Twitter!

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      I adore Twitter, as you can see from the post above. What do you like about Twitter, Ardo?
      ~Steph.

  • Blooms And Bugs

    I haven’t really figured out twitter yet. I’m there but don’t really know how to be interesting there. Now pinterest is a totally different story. Love love love it!

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Twitter does take some time to get use to. Twitter chats are a great way to be more involved on the platform. Pinterest is definitely fun too!
      Thanks for the comment!

  • http://rhour.com/ Rohit Sharma

    The points you have discussed are valid but on the same time its sad to see on-liners engaging with social media at the cost of their off-line activities :)

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      I think your comment is a bit of a generalization. I don’t necessarily agree
      that social media has ever hindered my personal offline activities. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from around the world (without having to pay for a plane ticket), and interact with companies and people I wouldn’t necessarily have access to in the real world. Also, I help run an online magazine called “Paper Droids” and I handle their digital marketing efforts. Social media has actually increased my number of contacts and friends as well as offline activities. I’ve met a number of fans and writers of the website in person, and we actually are having our very first meet-up tomorrow. It’s very exciting!

      But I do understand the fact that some people do excessively spend most of their time online. I believe the key is to have a healthy balance of offline and online presence.

      Thanks so much for your comment, Rohit!

      • http://rhour.com/ Rohit Sharma

        Hi Steph,

        You have nailed it on the head by putting healthy balance of offline and online presence.

        When I said I feel sad for some youth I actually wanted to convey – “Do not tweet whatever you eat” :D

        You have initiated a nice discussion here, BTW I am also participating in problogger’s group writing workshop. See ya on my blog…

        • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

          Definitely! But I think it’s not only youth, but what’s worst is that some of the older generations are guilty of giving us unnecessary play-by-plays of their lives too. Good thing we get to choose who we follow. ;D

          Thanks so much Rohit.
          I’ll be sure to visit your blog!

  • Nicole

    I use twitter, but feel like I’m still learning the ropes and haven’t found it to direct much traffic to my site. I’ve had more success with YouTube and Facebook and feel like they’re better platforms for building community.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Nothing wrong with being a beginner. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? I believe people definitely need to find what what works best for them and go with it. Every audience is different.

  • ElissaS

    I have to admit, lately I’ve been getting really into Twitter and I still need to learn to use it effectively. That being said… I’m a Tumblr addict through and through. David Karp has me in his clutches and won’t let me go.

  • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/ Iain Robson

    If I couldn’t choose twitter, my second network of choice is quickly becoming Google plus.

    I preferred Google plus due to the integration of various features. I find myself responding to something in my Gmail for some the best in my Google plus which is really nice.

    It’s really nice for me because I spent a lot of time in my email and without having to leave my email be able respond to something is fantastic.

    Also, I find Google communities more interactive than Facebook groups for whatever reason. I think it’s because they remind me of forums, which I spent a lot time in when I was younger.

    In terms of Twitter, I’m totally with you on that one. I love twitter

    Found you through Problogger. Cool question

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Thanks for the comment Iain! I appreciate it.
      I’m still new to the realm of Google+, but I totally agree with you. They do remind me of forums too. And perhaps just being the next new thing, most people are more drawn to G+ than Facebook.
      Still love Twitter hands down though!
      ~Steph.

      • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/ Iain Robson

        I am not sure if it is because it is the newest thing.

        It is hard to say why I enjoy the communities more.

        I may be slightly biased because I have found a great group of people to connect with on G+

  • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

    Dunno. Twitter is easy to automate and I’ll browse it occasionally.

    I still feel a good google-feeder collection of top-blogs (yeah, it’s going down.. boohoh) gives me better “up-to-date” information and Facebook gives me far better traffic.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Yeah, it’s too bad that it’s going down. But Facebook is definitely another good one!
      Thanks for the comment!

  • Michael Lynch

    Call me a ludite but I’m new to them all. Twitter, google+ etc. I have noticed nearly all blogs have the twitter share button as a minimum so I’m guessing its the one bloggers put the most value in.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Nothing wrong with being a beginner. Everything is a learning experience. Totally had no clue about how Twitter worked about a year and half ago, but once I delved deeper into it (and with some help from some friends) I started to enjoy it. I’m friends with a lot of Book bloggers. From what I can see is that they mostly use Facebook pages and Twitter because that’s what has worked for them.
      Thanks for the comment, Michael! :)
      ~Steph.

  • Linda O’Rourke

    You obviously have twitter pretty well sewn up. I use it but certainly not to the degree that you do I didn’t even know you could do some of the things you do.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Glad I could pass on some Twitter knowledge. :)
      Is their a social network you enjoy using the most?
      Thanks for the comment, Linda!

  • John

    I’ve yet to really get a foot hold on the twitterverse. I do use it to share my photos, but I’ve found that Facebook has been easier to build a community and loyal following. I suppose it really boils down to how much effort you put into it though – I’ve devoted more time and effort into growing my FB page and it shows.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      People definitely have their favourites or noticed which networks which works best for them. And that’s what they should be doing: using social networks that benefit their website, business, etc. Facebook pages definitely come in second for me. They definitely help reach my fanbase.
      Thanks so much for your comment, John!

  • Tammy Eakes

    Found you on the problogger contest comments. I totally don’t get Twitter. I think if I knew how to use it I’d probably like it as I enjoy other forms of social media.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Thanks for the comment, Tammy!
      What social network do you use the most? Or which ones do you love using?
      ~Steph.

  • http://twitter.com/SLWrites Sarah L. Webb

    I love twitter too. It’s by far my favorite social network. It’s super easy, quick, effective, and far reaching. You can reach out to celebrities and have an easy dialogue with the, whereas on other SMN you have to actually “know” people just to drop a quick line.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Totally agree! I love the fact that Twitter breaks down barriers and you can literally talk to anyone.
      Thanks for the comment Sarah!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.davenport Cathy Davenport

      That’s exactly the point I was going to make. I love that you can follow whoever you want and tweet whoever you want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Rhodes/100003475313731 Jon Rhodes

    I’m not a huge lover of social sites, but I do use them. What I have noticed is that the more you interact and share other peoples’ stuff, the more that comes back to you. That’s why it is best to just stick to one or two and put loads of effort into those, rather than spread yourself out too thin and try and be active on them all.

    • http://blog.atomicreach.com/ Atomic Reach

      Definitely. I’m noticing that too. I think social media in some way is helping people revert back to the basics of communication rather than create barriers on the internet. Also, you make a valid point that is best to focus on networks that you feel comfortable using as well as what works best for your website/blog (use a few networks rather than feel pressured to use all of them).
      Thanks for the comment, Jon!

  • http://kathleencaron.com/ Kathleen Caron

    Totally agree, and I don’t think Twitter sucks at all, it’s approximately 100x better than Facebook. I especially enjoyed live-Tweeting the Superbowl half time and The Walking Dead, great fun!

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