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Old December 23 2009, 12:56 AM   #1
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For anyone using it here, what's the appeal? I just got badgered into opening an account, and other than "following" this person, I'm not compelled to do much with it.
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Old December 23 2009, 01:39 AM   #2
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It's a good way to stay in touch with people. I tend not to follow people who tweet about every stupid thing they do.

Most of your enjoyment (or lack thereof) will stem from what kind of people you follow.

I have a list on my account of all TrekBBS members I know of: http://twitter.com/#/list/gorzek/trekbbs
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Old December 23 2009, 04:23 AM   #3
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I use it to stay in touch with my sister in New York, my cousin and Texas, and my mom and Grandma.

What about e-mail? Well, I know that my sister was sick over the weekend and her husband went out in the snow to get her soup. I know that they bought some little snow-slippers for her dog. I know that my cousin started his new job on Thursday and was very excited..

None of those are things they would have e-mailed me. In fact, getting all that by mail would be a bit spam-ish, to be honest.

But I'm glad that I have a place to check in on them and see how things are going. Likewise, they have a place to check in on photos of my daughter and see what she's doing every day. I'm certainly not going to e-mail them photos of Samantha every single day, but if the want to see some on any given day, they can.

It's a good "check if you want to but ignore if you don't want to" kind of system. E-mail is very in-your-face and demands an answer. Twitter is more passive. It's more like "in case you want to know" rather than "here! respond to me!" like e-mail is.
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Old December 23 2009, 01:37 PM   #4
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Old May 29 2010, 02:58 PM   #5
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As I have most everyone I know on facebook already, and among them people who use twitter as well, but only to double-post, I've ended up using it solely to get entertainment news & other fun shit. So far I'm following Axecop (for release dates of each issue of this brilliant webcomic), shitmydadsays, stephenathome (Colbert, usually expanding on the previous episode's jokes), and sergegraystone. I don't feel like there's enough there to motivate me to keep visiting the site though.. Anyone have suggestions along the same vein? Or should I just figure out a way to fold these couple accounts into my RSS feed?
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Old May 29 2010, 03:00 PM   #6
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I have an account, but that was just to follow Conan around. Now that the big stuff is over, I just let the account languish. I figure if I get any kind of texting phone in the future, that may be a good use for it.
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Old May 29 2010, 07:07 PM   #7
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It's a great way to keep up with what's going on in the world. I'm following a ton of people around Ottawa, so it makes it easy to keep up on local news and events. I also find it a better way to interact with friends than Facebook; there tends to be a lot of conversations that will flare up and involve multiple people, moreso than I find occurs on FB.
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Old May 29 2010, 09:20 PM   #8
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If you travel a lot and have a big network of people from everywhere, it's a great way to connect with friends and get local information. For example, I went to Chicago last weekend, and was able to get together with a friend whom I didn't have their cell phone number for. I just said "Hey I'm in Chicago" and suddenly 3 or 4 friends from the chi area hit me up.

But even if you don't travel much, it's still good to follow event promoters in your city. They always tweet about specials and info about events like concerts and shows...
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Old May 29 2010, 10:15 PM   #9
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I use it in two ways.

One is to get my paintings and soaps out to a wider audience, though I keep the spam pretty light. A new painting or various other creation once a week at most.

The other half is to connect with people. You have to put a bit of work upfront and give it about a month but before too long you're connecting with people who share your same interests, keeping up on the very cutting news, and getting a slight thrill when some celeb or other person you admire replying or retweeting you.

I'm actually going to be meeting some twitter friends I just made this next weekend and I'm really excited.
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Old May 29 2010, 10:35 PM   #10
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I use it in two ways.

One is to get my paintings and soaps out to a wider audience, though I keep the spam pretty light. A new painting or various other creation once a week at most.

The other half is to connect with people. You have to put a bit of work upfront and give it about a month but before too long you're connecting with people who share your same interests, keeping up on the very cutting news, and getting a slight thrill when some celeb or other person you admire replying or retweeting you.

I'm actually going to be meeting some twitter friends I just made this next weekend and I'm really excited.
Yeah, it can be a good way to make friends, for sure. I'm probably having a board game night on Monday with a few people I know predominantly through Twitter.

I think a lot of people simply don't understand how most people actually use Twitter. We're not just randomly letting the world know what we're having for dinner (though if I cook something good, I will engage in food porn occasionally), but rather we're making connections and having conversations. That's what it's about, in a nutshell. It's really a remarkable tool.
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Old May 29 2010, 10:42 PM   #11
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I use it in two ways.

One is to get my paintings and soaps out to a wider audience, though I keep the spam pretty light. A new painting or various other creation once a week at most.

The other half is to connect with people. You have to put a bit of work upfront and give it about a month but before too long you're connecting with people who share your same interests, keeping up on the very cutting news, and getting a slight thrill when some celeb or other person you admire replying or retweeting you.

I'm actually going to be meeting some twitter friends I just made this next weekend and I'm really excited.
Yeah, it can be a good way to make friends, for sure. I'm probably having a board game night on Monday with a few people I know predominantly through Twitter.

I think a lot of people simply don't understand how most people actually use Twitter. We're not just randomly letting the world know what we're having for dinner (though if I cook something good, I will engage in food porn occasionally), but rather we're making connections and having conversations. That's what it's about, in a nutshell. It's really a remarkable tool.
I've just stopped trying to explain it to anyone who isn't going to give it a month.
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Old May 29 2010, 10:52 PM   #12
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I mostly use it to follow celebrities (I follow Shatner, Nimoy, Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres and a few others) and keep in touch with one friend who doesn't Facebook, plus some U.S. military brass and the FDA (for recalls). Strange thing: I do not follow Spencer Pratt or Heidi Montag, but they both follow me. Maybe they're both trying to remember what a real human woman looks like...
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Old May 29 2010, 11:32 PM   #13
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I use it in two ways.

One is to get my paintings and soaps out to a wider audience, though I keep the spam pretty light. A new painting or various other creation once a week at most.

The other half is to connect with people. You have to put a bit of work upfront and give it about a month but before too long you're connecting with people who share your same interests, keeping up on the very cutting news, and getting a slight thrill when some celeb or other person you admire replying or retweeting you.

I'm actually going to be meeting some twitter friends I just made this next weekend and I'm really excited.
Yeah, it can be a good way to make friends, for sure. I'm probably having a board game night on Monday with a few people I know predominantly through Twitter.

I think a lot of people simply don't understand how most people actually use Twitter. We're not just randomly letting the world know what we're having for dinner (though if I cook something good, I will engage in food porn occasionally), but rather we're making connections and having conversations. That's what it's about, in a nutshell. It's really a remarkable tool.
I've just stopped trying to explain it to anyone who isn't going to give it a month.
That's probably a good call. I just get sick of people going "But it's so pointless, hur hur!" and then get drawn into silly debates.

Yeah, your approach is almost definitely better.

What's your name on Twitter, btw? I always like adding more BBS folks.

EDIT: Nevermind, it's in your profile... [/ brilliant]
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Old May 29 2010, 11:52 PM   #14
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If you go to my twitter profile, I have a TrekBBS list. If you aren't on it and you'd like to be, let me know! I want it to be as complete a list of TBBS posters as I can get.

I've been kind of neglecting my twitter lately. I haven't had a lot to say, I guess.
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Old May 30 2010, 12:49 AM   #15
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^ Looks like I am on there, actually. Though I'm not following you, bizarrely...
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