I’ve never officially shared a Tweet. And my resistance to participate maybe just stubbornness at this point. I see value in joining in, although I don’t feel I time to dedicate to it (just look at the lack of updates on this blog). Additionally, I don’t believe there’s room to share a complete thought. (Feel free to share how I’m mistaken in the comments)
Even though I don’t officially ‘tweet’, I use Twitter in 2 ways.
1) Twitter as a point of ‘Content Curation’
Credit this term to Rohit Bhargava :
A Content Curator is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online.
So, instead of trying to follow a complete stream of updates, articles, links and photos in real-time. I visit a hand full of go-to curators twitter feeds – A group of individuals that I scan 3-4 times a month (probably something easily done via lists in twitter?). I believe this approach takes much less time AND I seem to find greater value (quicker) than if I followed a large group of people day-by-day, hour-by-hour.
2) Twitter as real-time feedback of a live event (or topic)
A World Cup match, a NCAA final, or a Presidential speech are perfect opportunities to look at a Twitter search feed for realtime feedback. Most, if not all, updates are posted before the participant has really had adequate time to process a complete thought. This realtime-stream-of-consciousness is probably a more accurate view of how people really feel. I look at these gut feelings and reactions help see different points of view and shape an informed opinion.
How do you use Twitter? Do you think I’m missing out on greater value? Am I being selfish by just stopping by and listening in?