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Twitter - not my favourite social networking site
Member Name: rackerss
Advantages: huge amount of users
Disadvantages: not as many features as other social networking sites
I'm sure I don't need to explain what twitter is, but just in case it's a social networking site in which you can post tweets of 140 characters or less. These tweets are a bit like a facebook status. You can follow other people's tweets and they can follow yours and almost every celebrity is on twitter updating you with their lives.
I first joined around 2 years ago, but really didn't care much for it. I use facebook a lot and didn't see the point of twitter. I have since got back into it, but I rarely tweet anything unless it is a reply to somebody else. I don't see why the public would care about my life in 140 characters! I use it mostly to follow celebrities, bands, comedians and journalists who post links to their latest articles.
Twitter has a huge number of users - almost everyone is available to follow which means there is no shortage of things to read.
Celebrities actually use it. If you tweet them, you may even get a reply! I have had a reply from a few bands and a few rugby players. It's a bit silly, but it really makes you excited! It also shows that celebrities are just normal people using the internet. If you are a big fan of somebody it allows you a unique insight into their lives and keeps you up to date with what they're up to. For me, I like hearing news about bands such as album release dates, live announcements and links to new videos.
The hashtag # can be used to tag key words in your tweet. This can then be used to see what is trending around the globe which can be really interesting. This shows, in a nutshell, what the internet is thinking about.
The official mobile app for twitter isn't great - it's generally a bit slow and not particularly useful. My mother found an app called tweetbot which is a lot better for twittering on the go. Any hardcore twitter fans might wish to use this app instead.
You occasionally follow someone who will tweet non-stop and so you have to sift through their tweets to find anything of interest - of course this isn't a problem with twitter, but more with its users!
There really aren't that many cons in my opinion - it's just a bit lacking in general.
Twitter is essentially a kind of blog that you choose who you subscribe to. I sometimes wish it behaved more like a blog with the option of displaying pictures and videos on your timeline. It's a bit annoying having to click through when sites like facebook and tumblr have the media embedded in the timeline. Maybe this is what gives twitter it's unique appeal. It also means the page will load quicker (and more recently the pictures load at one click of a button which is a big improvement)
I like twitter, but I don't think I'll ever get really into it. I find with facebook pages I get the same information via my facebook newsfeed along with my friends; a lot of celebrities and bands post exactly the same thing to twitter and to facebook. Overall I can see the appeal, I do use it, but I could live without it and I think the hype is a bit much.
Summary: good for some things, but I'm not addicted