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So Ridiculously Pointless but So Ridiculously Awesome
Member Name: Decluttering
Date: 21/07/12, updated on 14/04/13 (24 review reads)
Advantages: Simple, great way to find out news
Disadvantages: So ridiculously pointless!
Twitter is a social networking website that, in a nutshell, does a lot less than Facebook. It asks users to summarise what they want to say in 140 characters ("tweets"), which is usually a sentence of two. This is then posted for your "followers" (people who have subscribed to read your messages) to read and respond if they feel it is necessary.
A lot of my friends who sign up to Twitter begin by not really seeing the point. They've been forced to register because someone else has told them how awesome it is and how their life will be changed by the website. Like me, they then soon to enjoy the feeling of people listening and responding to what can be utter nonsense.
I'm not saying that everything on Twitter is utter nonsense, today when a shooting took place in a Colorado cinema various journalists were using the site to find witnesses who may be prepared to help them write their reports. It was also a great help in keeping up with a story that was developing as more was heard. More commonly however tweets are about what has been happening to the author or their general wonderings. I find it great fun for keeping in touch with friends that I don't see often or those that I don't know very well and would like to find out more about their personality, however I am still acutely aware that this is a social networking site that probably shouldn't be as popular as it is!
Summary: Simplicity wins in this case - I like Twitter a lot more than Facebook