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Does 'Tweeting' Really Matter?

  • Jun 7, 2009
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I've been trying to figure that out for a long time.  Honestly, despite the fact that I give this service a passing grade I'm not entirely sure what the big deal with Twitter is.  It just seemed like a bunch of random talking about their day hoping that someone would care enough to read their comments.  Then journalists started Tweeting, which got me curious because I always pegged Twitter to be something for people who couldn't blog properly.  Well, I have two websites, three blogs, and now I'm a freelancer writing articles for Examiner.com.  I've had a Twitter account for a year or so, but only now have I found a practical use for it.

Now that I have a financial need for people to read my articles so I can, you know...get paid, Twitter is a practical marketing tool. Especially now since you can link it up to your Facebook, XBox, MySpace, and pretty much every other social network out there.  The results have been outstanding, and I'm making more money then I otherwise would have without it.  While I'm still dubious of this as a legitimate journalism tool, it is a lot of fun and makes marketing easier then ever.  Oh, and on a final note if you want to Tweet me just search for KevinTRod.

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October 28, 2009
Agreed. Thank you
 
June 07, 2009
I have to agree.....what's the big deal about Twitter?? I'm not saying I wouldn't try it, but It's a tad boring reading about what a person did a couple of hours ago unless they were on the nightly news. Lots of luck with it....it could turn out to be lucrative for you....who knows?? Hope so....
 
June 07, 2009
@HealthyRache got me using Twitter, and for the first week, I tweeted quite a bit, but I have to agree with you on what the big deal really is. If I want to post a review than I will, but otherwise I'm not really tweeting. I do agree with you about the fact that it can get you some great media attention. What are some of your reasons for not thinking it's such a big deal? Very nice review though! Keep em' coming!
 
June 07, 2009
I'm a bit of a tweet-a-holic, been using it a bit over a year now with no financial gain, which is fine with me because it's just fun to microblog!  Since you have so many blogs and sites, you might be interested in Google AdSense.  Very cool that you write for the Examiner.  Do you live in SF?

By the way, following you!
 
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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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