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Not Knowing How To Use Twitter Properly

March 7, 2011 57 comments
RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Twitter, Tweet

How do I use it?

I joined Twitter recently so I’m not exactly well versed on how to use it properly. This is what’s bugging me today!

And if I want to get the most of what Twitter has to offer I figured I should probably start doing some more reading on it.

As a matter of fact, I don’t know the ins and outs of Facebook either but since it seems that Twitter is easier to use I decided to tackle this one first and leave Facebook for another day.

When I first joined Twitter I did a search on how to use it and this is one of the first things I found and checked out. It’s cute and done with humour. This is their take on these two social networks.

mom, this is how twitter works. | not just for moms!.

Twitter Vs. Facebook

Twitter is different from Facebook because it has an opt-in take on friending vs. an opt-out like Facebook. If you accept a friend request on Facebook, you automatically “follow” each other (Facebook does not use “following” but has a newsfeed that is quite similar to twitter). This means that if you have 200 Facebook friends, you can potentially see 200 people’s news in your feed …
On twitter, you can be followed by 2,000 people but only see 50 people in your feed—50 people you CHOSE to follow. The main difference between the two is that Twitter is much more simplified. There is a character limit to posts, there are no picture or video libraries, and no complicated profiles, relationship statuses, etc.

Now she just said there are no picture or video libraries but I remember my daughter mentioning how she uses TwitPic to post photos. I guess that’s something else that needs to get checked out.

I was thinking about adding a poll today but I’m finding that a lot of bloggers don’t like answering polls, but will answer questions in the comments. So that’s what I’m doing today!

I have a couple of questions about using Twitter and I want to know what you do and how you handle certain situations because I’m definitely the Twitter newbie on this one.

Some people say that you should reply and acknowledge the people who follow you but then others say it’s not necessary to reply.

What do you do?
Do you reply to everyone who follows you or just the ones you know personally?

Another thing I’m not sure about is this entire following bit. I know it’s all the craze about how many you have following you but what’s the deal with that?

Do you automatically follow everyone that follows you
or just the people you know or think might be interesting to follow?

Do you expect others to follow you back?

Does anyone really have the time to read all the tweets?

I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say about these questions.

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Silly me. After just talking about how people don’t like answering polls I’m asking you to please visit Ryan at INSIGHT and vote on the two polls he has for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Week #1 Weekly Photo Voting – Boundaries

Week #2 Weekly Photo Voting – CURIOSITY

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity.
In the end there are no certain answers.
Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

What’s the point of Facebook – PostADay 2011 Challenge – Today is…

January 7, 2011 23 comments

brought to you by Fool on the hill.

What’s the point of Facebook

‘Social networking’ everyone replies. So what’s that exactly, seeing that so many sites which started out as something else seem to be morphing into social networks? Swapping the odd few words with people who, one way or another, have become your ‘friends’, even though you don’t know them and will never meet?

The number of ‘friends’ people can accrue appears to be important, it marks their status on Facebook, and is reciprocal; you can be my friend if I can be yours’, but it’s not genuine or real friendship, merely a way of boasting how many ‘friends’ you have, while at most, making the odd comment on their page occasionally, ‘liking’ something they posted, or a picture they put up. All shallow and meaningless. Real friends of course do keep in touch that way, but they could do so with a simple email, so one wonders why they would want their conversations public.

But what exactly is social networking? For many it appears to be taking over from real networking in the real world which is designed to keep people with similar interests/jobs/careers/hobbies in touch; the more time you spend staring at a screen, the less you have for real interaction with real friends and family. There is obviously a need or people wouldn’t have flocked to the site in millions and made the creator a multi-millionaire at age 24 [more on him later], but is it a genuinely felt need or merely following all the other sheep, and is it being satisfied by Facebook?

Lonely people may feel it is a cure for their loneliness, but is having hundreds of pretend ‘friends’ the same as having a small circle of real friends who actually care about you? Studies have found that people who have hundreds of friends on Facebook only interact on a regular basis with seven. That suggests that we really want just a few friends with whom we feel intimate and can share things in our lives, and perhaps the human animal is only capable of this level of social interaction.

This is a taster of my post on my own blog Fool on the hill.

Peter

 

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