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Do You Tweet?

  • Feb 4, 2010
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The word sounds so funny to me. Tweet. Back in 2008 we as a world fell into this craze called Twitter.  It has actually been around a lot longer than that but gained popularity then.  I have mixed feelings on Twitter because I feel it can hurt someone but on the other side of things, make someone very successful. 

Do I have a twitter account.  Yes, for website publicity. 

A personal twitter account. No. 

I will admit that I used to have a personal twitter account and it lasted for about four months.  I found myself trapped into posting what I was doing all the time and now looking back in hindsight, who really gave a damn? So I deleted it.
If you have a business, a hobby or trying to promote something, there is nothing better than Twitter.  I will be the first to tell you for my Cruise Radio website I use Twitter. Twitter is a brilliant social media marketing tool and is very key in getting my website to where it is today.  Everytime I post a new episode of Cruise Radio, I tweet it. If I get lucky and people like my post, they will re-tweet it..., that's how things go viral online.  In fact, I don't mind sharing this, as of yesterday my website, Cruise Radio had 32,240 visitors since December 1, 2009.  A good amount of those visitors came from Twitter. Put out good content and people are compelled to see just how good it is. Cruise Radio has 1,024 Twitter followers as I type this.  Taylor Swift has over 2.4 MILLION!
A mobile BBQ truck in the Midwest tweets where he is every day. Sometimes he sets up in business or retail parking lots, on the side of the road, at a local church. Where ever he is, he has developed a following and sells out of BBQ everyday.  The same can be said for a one man coffee cart in Seattle. He tweets what street corner he is set up on and people flock to come to buy his coffee.  These stories are all across America.... over night twitter success.
Why do I use Twitter? 
  • To keep in touch with industry professionals
  • To keep my finger on the pulse of breaking news
  • To follow trends in the cruise world
  • Promoting my website and posts
  • Helping other people get the word out about their good deeds
  • To get a good laugh at some of the flighty people I follow

What I don't use Twitter for:
  • To tell you what I am doing
  • To promote some crazy product that doesn't work
  • To check up on other people (trust me, friends actually do this)

Do you use Twitter?  If so, what do you use Twitter for?

Doug Parker is the founder of Cruise Radio. He has been in the media industry for more than 10 years. His Web site, CruiseRadio.net, offers industry news, on demand interviews, video and travel tips. Cruise Radio is the worlds only independent cruise travel show.

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February 06, 2010
Yes, I do use twitter, but for the exactly opposite reason that you do, which is why your review is so interesting to me! :)  Mine is mostly personal and I do tell people what I'm doing, and I do use it to check up on people from time to time.  I feel that twitter, in a way, glues together my internet existance by being a place where I can share my Lunch reviews, foursquare check ins, current activities and observations, etc.

twitter can also be entertaining in other ways.  Just check out my twitter lists of Awesome Fake Twitter Accounts and Funny News Tweeps!  I can see how it's a great business tool, too, and you bring up many good points.  Great review, Doug, can't wait to read more! :)
February 04, 2010
Great review Doug, I completely understand how tweeting for personal use could get...boring and stale, but we use tweeting a lot at Lunch as a business tool and a great way to share member content across the web!  I would totally agree that it's a better business tool :) 
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if you use it right...
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Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to update with text messages of up to 140 characters in length. Users can also read updates from others by going to users' pages or by "following" them. "Following" allows updates from others to arrive automatically in a feed on a user's Twitter homepage. Twitter functionality is similar to that of Facebook's "status" feature, and both can by synced via Facebook status settings.  

Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in early 2006. The site later won a South by Southwest Award in the blog category in March 2007. By mid-2008, Twitter featured over 3M accounts. 

In addition to its functionality as a microblogging service, Twitter also features several social networking elements, including public lists of members who are following a user's updates and those who each user is following (although both of these features may be set to private). Twitter also offers a public profile, a scraping mechanism to find and invite people a user knows through email accounts, and a minimally customizable page.

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