Why You Should Twitter

16 Feb

Twitter is probably one of the best social media applications out there.

“Really? Because I don’t get it. I don’t understand tweeting, or twating, or chriping, or whatever you people call it. I don’t get what’s going on at all!”

Well, stop interrupting and I will tell you. And don’t say twating, it sounds…um…bad.

“Sorry. Go ahead then.”

I will. Twitter is the only social media tool that you can completely customize to your needs, without having to participate back.

“What’s the point of that? How can I not tweet, while everyone else twats?”

Well, you can…and don’t say twat. That’s something completely different. No one says twat when referring to Twitter.

“Then what’s the past tense of Tweet?”

That would be: Tweet. Do you want to learn something cool today or not?

“Not. No, no…just joking. Please hit me up with your stupid Twitter talk.”

Think of Twitter as a newspaper, but instead of paragraphs and paragraphs of information, you only get the main point of the article instead. Twitter has a 140 character limit, which makes it important to state your thoughts consciously.

With Twitter you can follow certain subjects that interest you like: sports, movies, comedy, or video games. You can make customized lists to separate these interests, or keep them jumbled up in your main time line. When you follow companies that use Twitter as a viable tool, they are not necessarily looking for content back from you. So the pressure is off to be in a give and take relationship like Facebook or Google +.

“Or when you use Twatter as a viable tool…”

You know a Twat is either a dumb person or another word for vagina right?

“Nope. I did not know that.”

If you want to use Twitter from your phone, I recommend TweetCaster. It has a free version with ads and a paid version without. Most of the default Twitter apps that come with the phone are not as feature rich.

“Blah, blah, blah. Make some suggestions on lists to make already. Twat!”

OK. You like sports? Follow these people/companies:

  • @THE_REAL_SHAQ – Shaq o’Neil
  • @sportsguy33 – Bill Simmons
  • @NBA
  • @AdamSchefter – NFL Insider
  • @PTI – ESPN Show
  • @SportsNation – ESPN Show
  • @AroundTheHorn – ESPN Show
  • @Lakers
  • @SI_24Seven – Sports Illustrated
  • @ESPN_FirstTake
  • @InsideHoops
  • @NFLONFOX
  • @NFL
  • @mortreport
  • @michaelombardi
  • @BR_NFL

Let’s say you don’t like all sports. You just like Football. You can make your list more specific:

  • @BR_NFL
  • @michaelombardi
  • @mortreport
  • @NFL
  • @NFLONFOX
  • @SI_PeterKing
  • @SportsCenter
  • @R_Mendenhall
  • @JimIrsay
  • @tpolamalu
  • @Hasselbeck
  • @LarryFitzgerald
  • @ochocinco
  • @terrellowens
  • @WesWelker
  • @AdamSchefter

It’s pretty easy to find people or companies on Twitter. Just type their name in the search box.

“Duh. We are not Twats you know.”

Sorry. Here are some of my favorite list topics to help you get started:

  • News – follow local and national news stations. They are usually listed under their call letters.
  • Comedians – Steve Martin, Sarah Silverman, Conan, Fallon….
  • Movie Reviewers
  • Actor/Actress
  • TV Shows
  • Restaurants
  • Coupons
  • Video Game Companies – Don’t follow specific games because their Tweets tend to die out after the initial “hotness” of the game wears off.
  • Bloggers

I have a list of people, who are not famous comedians, but their tweets make me laugh. You can find that here.

I almost forgot about the hashtag. (This thing -> #) This is used to clump together subjects from all users. Such as if you write: I’m drunk. You can hashtag the word #drunk and find out who else is talking about being drunk.

“Shut up already. I’m trying to Twatter.”

Sigh.

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2 Responses to “Why You Should Twitter”

  1. RFL February 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM #

    Excellent use of the word twat! Also, good information and I think I’ll check out some more on your follow list.

    • chrisdevoss February 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM #

      Thanks. My friend Tim is actually the one that came up with that term for Twitter, and is the inspiration for the “voice” in the blog.

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