Should I Give A Tweet?

I am apparently one of the five people left in the world who does not have a Twitter account. I’ve been contemplating getting a Twitter account, but I don’t know if I want to get sucked in to more social media. If you tweet, will you please let me know if it’s worth it? What are the benefits and drawbacks of Twitter? What advice would you give to a Twitter newbie?

25 thoughts on “Should I Give A Tweet?

  1. I have a Twitter account and am still trying to figure out how to put it to best use. I’ll be checking back here to see if you get responses on this – I need all the help I can get 8)!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    1. Thank you for the follow! I hope I get some feedback, because it seems very confusing. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who is befuddled by it all.

      1. Thanks for the link– your post really struck a nerve in your readers. So many people like me out there glued to blogging. I may just hold off on Twitter for now and not worry about Klout status.

      2. You know, I *still* have to find out what Klout is. Gonna go google it now. I’m so in the dark on this stuff. And it seems there’s more of it every day. It reproduces, like rabbits…..

        Thanks. We can be at least comfortable with the fact that we’re not alone…

  2. I started using it then stopped then started again, to be honest, the whole thing seems rather pointless. I’m back in my “not using it” phase. There are those people who love it though, hopefully someone will comment on your post and open our eyes to a whole new world of twitter!

  3. I have a Twitter account linked to my blog (@navywifediva). It is a little overwhelming at first but like all social media, I check it occasionally and use it to promote my blog 🙂

    I have found quite a milspouse community among other writers and teachers. I think you’d enjoy it. Also, I get to follow cool people like Judy Blume, LeVar Burton, and Wil Wheaton!

    1. Are you referring to Wil Wheaton from Toy Soldiers? Sigh. Your my first positive response about Twitter. I can always sign up and then disable it if I don’t like it. Thanks for the input!

  4. The one and only! @wilw He is really funny too. I think whatever you put into it is what you’ll get. You can be on there all the time but I choose not to. I’ll get on once a week just to read other blogs and see what my favorite “celebs” are up too. Did I mention Neil Gaiman tweets too? You can always ignore or delete your account though I do advise doing a password-protect thing to avoid spammers and freaks and spamming freaks. I don’t know how to do it (too lazy) so I just manually block them. No biggie.

      1. Fill out the info in your profile with buzzwords like “teacher”, “writer”, “reader”, and your blog address. Then Twitter will show you lists of other Tweeters with similar interests. You can have your tweets show up on your blog as well. When I post something, it automatically tweets the address as well as sending it to the Wall of my FB page. It was overwhelming getting random followers but you can check who’s real and who’s a bot pretty easily. You can search those buzzwords too. Or you can do what I did. I was lazy, found another milspouse and “followed” her “followers”, lol!

  5. Am one among the few who don’t tweet (I don’t have FB or any other social networking account either) but nice to see all these responses to ur post regarding tweeting 🙂

  6. Hmm it was interesting to read all these comments. You’re right that a post about stepping into Twitter might be useful to many. I love Twitter and use it all the time. I love following writers, bloggers, news folks on there that I admire, and learning more about their lives. When I hear a new rumor, local or national, Twitter is the first thing I check–it’s restrictions force people to be succinct and you can catch up quickly. But I also follow many friends and blog friends on there, and use it almost as a way to chat with them.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I set up an account today, but I did it on my iPad and didn’t get very far. There was no way to set up an actual profile or do anything that I’ve read about. I’m going to try to play with it on the regular computer to find out where all of the fun is.

  7. I’ve backed away a lot from the world and deactivated my twitter and facebook. My blog is my only medium now.

    Advice though, I can do. If you don’t want random people reading you’re tweets, lock them. This will put a padlock on each tweet and only people who subscribe to you, can read them. This also means that people have to ask for your permission to follow you, and it stops random people tweeting you because of a word that has been used. I tweeted once, and used the (sp?) thingy afterwards as I wasn’t sure of the spelling, and got a tweet from someone saying I had spelled it correctly ^_-

    Also, I would advise against having your location locked to it, as it will let people know when you are out of your house. Maybe that’s just my paranoia though.

  8. To tweet or not to tweet … Tweet. (note to self : follow Navy Wife. She seems to know of what she speaks .. Or tweets.)

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