Some time ago I wrote a post about how I didn’t like twitter (you can read it here), but since then I have been thinking I was a bit mean, to say that I hadn’t even used it properly at the time.
So I decided, in the interest of fairness, I should sign up and give it a go. I set up a personal account and had a poke about then after awhile I set up a “professional account” under the Slow Coach name (if you are interested, you can follow me here or click on the link at the top of the sidebar). I have been messing around with posting on there as and when I think about it. Mostly I have been linking to these blog entries. The problem I have found is that I am not sure what to say! Do I tell you about the minutiae of my life (are people really interested in what I do all day)? Do I use it to pass on handy short hints and tips as to how to slow down? Do I draw your attention to interesting sites and bits of news that I find? A combination of all three? I haven’t figured it out yet and am still trying to figure out the best way to be a “Slow Twitterer” (which doesn’t necessarily mean not posting very often…).
But the most interesting thing I have found out so far is that people are so impatient on there. They follow you for a few hours and if you don’t post something interesting or informative in that time they dump you and move on. Which is really quite sad and an indication of our dwindling concentration spans…
The other thing was the piece of research that was released a few weeks ago (you can read it here) that says that 90% of tweets are posted by 10% of the users and most users only return to the site once a month and often don’t return after 2 months. So maybe Twitter is Slow after all?
For all the posturing about the way Twitter is the next big thing, the new social networking site and all that, it doesn’t seem true at all, in reality, it really isn’t the be all and end all. In fact I am the only person I know that twitters.
So it seems that a lot of people agree with me! Conclusion so far? Still nonsense, but I will persevere and see how I get on…