AKA, Why You’re a Loser if You Don’t Have a Twitter Yet
#SorryNotSorry for that subtitle. (And the title was necessary to save a soul, clearly) But it’s true! I was having this discussion with one of my best friends, a previous roommate from my undergrad and also classmate in high school, the other day. The girl refuses to sign up for a Twitter account. I explained to her that there are numerous benefits to signing up, that if she doesn’t, she’s going to be left behind by the rest of us and our vast knowledge of current events, AND that her voice is not being heard by the MAN because she doesn’t have a Twitter to broadcast it… nothing. I even told her she could follow Edward Cullen. She still refused.
Therefore, I have comprised a list of reasons you are a loser if you STILL do not have a Twitter. We have long since moved past the notion that Twitter is JUST (not saying they don’t still do it) a place for preteens and teenagers to vent out their frustrations in 140 characters or less and for middle-agers to post pics of whatever they ate for dinner. Twitter is the land of the informed, the conscientious, and the revolutionizers. YEAH.
Top Four Reasons You Are A Loser If You Don’t Have A Twitter:
1. The reality is, news is being broadcast on Twitter FIRST, before anywhere else. A prime example is the announcement of Facebook buying Instagram. I received an e-mail for the NY Times about the $1 Billion purchase, as soon as it was written, right to my phone (a Blackberry… wah). Immediately after, I clicked on my Twitter app to post about it, only to find that it was old news! People had been posting almost an hour before then about the Instagram buyout and how they felt about it. If you want to be an active and knowledgeable participant in LIFE in general… you’ll get a Twitter account and keep yourself up-to-date.
2. Twitter is creating a worldwide community. Yes, Facebook connects you to people you don’t always get to see… BUT with the exception of the occassional attractive looking person of the opposite sex that requests your friendship, you will not add people that you do not know- at least we have been taught that it is the smart and common sensical thing to do. However, Twitter is all about connecting with strangers and making a name for yourself amoung them. It’s not creepy to “mention” someone in a response to what they “tweeted”, whereas it’s hella weird to like a stranger’s status or photos… or, dare I say it, write on their wall. You want to know how people think and connect with them on a regular basis? Get a twitter.
[*cough* *cough* Social work is about knowing how SOCIETY and the PEOPLE in it think and work, and how to use that knowledge to make them think and work better. Seems like Twitter is an obvious spectacular resource. *cough* *cough* *COUGH* Yes, that one was directed at you, Courtney.]
3. You can gain credibility just from having an active Twitter. I’ve seen classmates turn into go-to sports commentators because of their Twitter accounts [on that note, check out @NickVeronica for great updates during most Buffalo sports, Yankees, and/or Canisius College games, with a hint of humor and interesting observations occasionally thrown in. Oh, also, bear with him when he posts pics of himself in a tie. He’s really big on that]. In the last few weeks, I’ve gained a handful of followers who are interested in social media- I’m assuming as a result of both this blog and my posts on Twitter. If you use the site for what it was meant, you can gain a LOT from it. Check out this article I got from @TweetSmarter on how to make yourself more of an influencer. Granted, this is more directed towards businesses, but you can still apply it to yourself.
4. The corporate world is watching. Now more than ever before, companies are paying attention to what the public is saying. With our economy slowly repairing itself, and the Internet becoming more vast and easy to use, there are a million and one options that we consumers have at our finger tips, but only a few precious dollars to spend, so whoever has EXACTLY what we want, gets the cash. And companies reliant off of consumers know this. Good organizations are all over Twitter, engaging in communication between the company and the public, and understanding exactly what it is that we want. I think that’s pretty cool. Corporations (in this sense at least), are actually listening! Because they HAVE to! But if you don’t have a Twitter… nobody hears you. [Side note: I tweeted @Wegmans, my favorite grocery store from home (Buffalo) the other day about how much I missed them, and they tweeted right back at me, saying they missed me too! I’ll shop there forever]
IN CONCLUSION (I’m terribly sorry to every high school English teacher I ever had for ending like that), if you don’t have a Twitter, you are losing. You’re losing your ability to make an impression on the corporate world. You’re losing the chance to make a name for yourself out of nothing, and to network with people who are already great influencers. You’re losing the chance to mix and mingle with people of so many different cultures and backgrounds that you otherwise might never come in contact with. Most importantly, you’re losing, because you’re ignoring what might possibly be the greatest news resource ever created, and having access to this up to the mili-second current events timeline is something that people never even dreamed of, as they woke up every morning and read their daily news paper to see what happened yesterday.
Get a Twitter account. It’s free dammit.