Is it just me, or do some people really hate Twitter? I’ve never seen another thing like it where people who don’t engage in a certain activity hate it so much. What’s up with that?
Before I was on Twitter, I’ll admit I didn’t get it. I decided I needed to either learn about Twitter and embrace it, or stop using it altogether. There was a whole forum post on Twitter recently in one of my writer’s groups, and it seemed that people either loved or hated it. No in between. What is it about Twitter that makes people feel so strongly?
In my opinion (so take it for what it’s worth), here are five things that the Twitter haters have wrong.
Complaining About It
I don’t get just hating Twitter so much that you complain about it. After all, if you don’t use it, you never come in contact with it. Twitter doesn’t jump into your computer screen or interrupt your regularly scheduled email. If you don’t like it, don’t use it. It’s okay, there are a lot of ways to promote and communicate online, and if Twitter ain’t your bag something else surely will be.
Never Learning How to Use It
I just read a post by someone who went on and on about how stupid Twitter was, and yet they didn’t even know about hashtags or the search function. If you’re going to hate something enough to gripe about it on your blog, shouldn’t you at least learn about it? A little?
Complaining About How Much Time People Spend on It
There is one thing that kind of makes me laugh, and that is people that complain about how much time others spend on Twitter. So their time on Twitter is wasteful but your time complaining is put to good use?
Spend Too Much Time Trying to Define It
Is Twitter micro-blogging? Or texting? Do people who like to promote use it? Or people who talk about personal things? Are there certain people you should follow? How many times should you Tweet?
I’m all for getting info on things, but do we need to define everything to death? I recently had someone ask me if I used Twitter, and when I said that I did someone else said, “Oh, you must like to text. Twitter is for texting.” (For the record, I don’t text. Too much of a dork with telephones. Maybe one day tho.) The other person chimed in, “No, Twitter isn’t for texters. It’s for Internet Marketers.” Then those two went back and forth. We really don’t need to define it. Do we?
Belittle Other People That Use It
Let me expand on my texting confession above. I don’t text, but I don’t belittle anyone that does. There are so many ways to communicate today. What works for some doesn’t for others. I get that. So if I like to use Twitter, just give me that, okay? It’s not a bad thing.