Joined: 27 Apr. 2001
From: Galashiels Selkirkshire United Kingdom
Various people I respect in the Internet Marketing world have been going on about Twitter for more than a year now (long before it became generally known).
I must confess that I dismissed it - it just seemed like a waste of time - and I have little enough of that as it is.
But about a week ago, I thought I'd better try it for myself - and I must say I've been very pleasantly surprised. I set up an account, followed two or three interesting people, and started posting the occasional tweet. And I'm really enjoying it. I use a twitter client on my computer rather than their website - and I'd recommend doing that - much easier than visiting the site.
Pros: It doesn't take much time: Because each Tweet is only 140 characters long (10 - 15 words) - it doesn't take much time to read or write. Unlike a blog post.
Also, you get to keep up with what people are up to. Of course you have to be careful who you follow - I can't see the point in following thousands of people - you'd just get too much information coming at you - but pick a few, and if you enjoy their updates, stick with them - if not, stop following them.
Cons: The main one for me, is that most of my friends aren't signed up yet - they're still in the "waste of time" phase that I was in a couple of weeks ago. I'm picking them off one-by-one though - got another one signed up today!
I don't know if I'll stick with it long-term, or if the novelty will wear off - but I'm enjoying it so far.
Some people use it for networking - meeting new people in their area, or people with common interests. I'm mainly using it for keeping up with friends and acquaintances that I don't always have time to email. Main thing is to find some interesting people to follow!
Definitely considering the possibility of setting up an AboutBritain.com Twitter account. My account is mainly for "what I'm doing" type stuff - the AboutBritain one would be for "What's new / coming soon on AboutBritain.com". Again, I've never had time to do a blog on that - or even announce things here as often as I'd like. And some of our small updates wouldn't really justify a full blog post. But I could take a few seconds to say "Hey - we've uploaded some new photos to this attraction" - or "What do you think of this new feature we're thinking about" or whatever.