It may be time to scrap my Twitter account.

I’m thinking pretty seriously that it may be time to drop my Twitter account.

I came to Twitter late in the game, when many people were already using it. It took me a long time to sign up, mainly because I just didn’t see any purpose in it. So many people just seemed to be tweeting nonsense, such as what they had for breakfast. Even people like Newt Gingrich were tweeting that they had hamburgers before they went to the show. Who cares?

But, since so much of my job is tied up in the workings of the Internet, I try to make sure I at least experience the various technologies and applications that people use. I think it’s important to understand how people are using the Internet. So, I got a Twitter account and started tweeting.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of pithy stuff to say. 140 characters is pretty limiting for me, so I didn’t end up saying much at all. I tried going the nonsense route, where I’d tweet that I was tired, or going to bed, or whatever, but that just seemed so goofy that I stopped. I mostly ended up re-tweeting things, which is kinda like saying “me too”.

Then I pretty much stopped doing my own tweets, and just followed others, mainly people in politics. People like Michelle Malkin are professionals, and they spend all their time finding news and analyzing what’s happening in the country, so I could get information by watching articles that they tweeted.

In the meantime, however, I started using Facebook. Again, I was pretty late to the game and didn’t see much use for it. Again, I signed up to see what it was all about. Around the same time, my 20-year high-school reunion was coming up. Facebook ended up being a great way to locate and organize the whole thing. I can only imagine how hard it would have been for our wonderful organizer Sarah to locate everyone without it.

Once I became familiar with Facebook, I started using it instead of Twitter. In fact, it seemed like people were using it almost to accomplish the same thing as Twitter – short posts and links to outside sources. Except unlike Twitter, Facebook wasn’t just a message board, but had all kinds of other features as well. Suddenly Twitter wasn’t nearly as interesting.

So, here I am. I’m a blogger, so I write content for this blog and for a few others. I want my blogging to be seen by my Facebook friends, so I use Facebook to pull in the RSS feed from this blog. I also use Facebook to pull in my tweets. I’d like to automatically tweet my blog articles, but after awhile it’s a mess trying to cross-post content back and forth. Not only that, I have a limited amount of time to come up with new content, and it’s a struggle to keep up with Facebook and Twitter as well.

I sat down tonight at my computer, and I happened to glance at my Tweetdeck. It’s always running, so I’ve gotten used to it always being on the desktop. It didn’t occur to me until tonight that I haven’t actually read any tweets from it in at least a few weeks. Anyone that I follow on Twitter has a corresponding Facebook account, and I can usually see the same content there.

So, I’m pretty sure I’ll be scrapping my Twitter account in the next few days, if not sooner. I think Twitter “jumped the shark” some time back, and I have better things to do.

One thought on “It may be time to scrap my Twitter account.”

  1. I’m getting to that point too. I can see the value in Twitter, but mostly for supporting an already popular site/person/business. In other words, if you’re a celebrity or politician that a lot of people are already interested in, or if you have a web site with a lot of fans who want to be notified quickly of updates, it’s great for that.

    But if you’re just some guy, or you’re trying to promote a new site, its usefulness seems limited. Sure, you can go the whole-hog Social Media Internet Marketing route, where you follow thousands of people, figuring a certain percentage will follow you back, and gradually build a following that way. People do that, and it does work, but it takes a lot of time and it’s obnoxious. And once you have a long list of followers, then what? If you’re an IM guy you sell them stuff, but if you don’t have something to sell, there’s really no point.

    I created a Twitter account to discuss my Latin lessons, figuring that’s an actual resource that gets a certain amount of traffic, so it makes sense to have a communications channel to support it. But it won’t be much use until it builds a list of followers who are actually using the lessons. Who knows whether that’ll happen.

    As for sharing interesting pages, I’m finding that StumbleUpon is better for that. (I’d guess Facebook is similar.) There you can give a review, and you’re not limited to 140 characters minus the length of the URL. Plus it’s not nearly as ephemeral as Twitter; once you stumble something, people keep seeing it for a lot longer than any tweet stays alive through retweets.

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