4 Reasons I Don’t Like Twitter And Why I Joined Anyway [Opinion]

image42   4 Reasons I Dont Like Twitter And Why I Joined Anyway [Opinion]Lately I’ve been hearing it more and more – you’re a nobody in the online world if you don’t use Twitter. Surprisingly, I’ve been part of the online world for quite a few years now, and did not actually have a private Twitter account up until a few days ago. It wasn’t laziness or lack of knowledge, I just don’t like Twitter.

Twitter has been around for ages, and soon enough, everyone I knew had an account except me. This is when I started thinking seriously, why am I not joining the party? After realizing what exactly made me want to avoid Twitter, I also realized the right thing to do is probably join. Here are my reasons for avoiding one of the biggest social networks in the world, and the reasons I ended up joining it.

It’s Way Too Easy To Tweet

Whether you use Twitter for personal reasons or professional reasons, I’m sure you follow some people or companies that tweet way too much. You’d say this is not a problem with Twitter, but with the people, but I generally see this happening on Twitter much more than I see it on Facebook, for example.

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People feel that sharing LOTS of short messages is probably fine, and I end up having to read about every random thought that passed through their heads today. On the professional side, many companies use Twitter to promote themselves, but there’s a strong tendency to abuse this and update every 5 minutes. I don’t care about them that much!

So true, I don’t have to follow such people, but mostly everyone is guilty of this Twitter crime. Twitter just makes it so easy. The result is that my Twitter stream, no matter how I tweak it, is actually kind of boring. And boring things are abundant enough on the Web. So why join?

Re-Tweets And “Personal” Conversations

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The ultimate argument people give me when I talk about Twitter is “you can follow whoever you want”. This is true. But the people I want to follow are not to blame for the way Twitter is designed. This results in my feed being constantly bombarded with tweets from people I never followed and never wanted to follow, and with personal messaging that should take place somewhere else.

This is no one’s fault. This is what Twitter was meant to do. I do wish some of my friends re-tweeted less and tweeted more, but I can’t blame them for the option being so easy to use. Same goes for replying. Someone mentions you or writes something you want to reply to. What’s easier than to hit reply? The result differs greatly from people commenting on a status in Facebook; it’s a whole stream of separate tweets that are actually a conversation I care nothing about.

Spam

OK, so spam is part of the Internet and you can’t really escape it no matter where you go. But with Twitter, it’s easy to drown in it if you don’t pay attention. Be it just spam accounts that follow you and bug you, be it automatic DMs that try to sell you something when you follow, unfollow or breathe. It’s hard to avoid.

This, on top of multiple tweets, re-tweets and private conversations, it’s really easy to lose track of the things I’m really interested in following.

Who Are These People Following Me?

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One of the things many people don’t like about Twitter is how many people use it just to promote themselves and for impersonal messages. But I say, how can you use it for much more than that? Not 24 hours after I created my account, I already had over 20 followers, most of which I don’t even know! So yes, it’s nice to have followers and the bigger that number is, the more influence I have. But who are these people? Do I want to tweet personal stuff for them to read? Are they even real people?

Yes, I can block people from following me, but I don’t really want to do that. It sort of defeats the point of Twitter. This turns Twitter, at least for me, to a tool I can only use for professional means.

Which brings me to the reasons I finally joined.

So Why Did I Join Anyway?

After this ridiculous rant, you’re probably wondering why I even bothered to open an account. Well, even I can’t be blind to Twitter’s benefits.

People Are Out There

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What I think aside, most people use Twitter. If you want to get to know people and see what they do, Twitter is a great tool for that.  And just because I don’t know the people who follow me, doesn’t mean they’re not real people, or even nice people. It just requires a change of perspective.

It’s Professional (When Used Right)

I mentioned earlier that I can only see myself using Twitter as a professional tool. But for that, it’s much superior to services like Facebook. If I’m interested in a company or a website, I can follow them. No need to “like” brand pages. The things that are getting shared tend to be more to the point too.

With Twitter, you can find out what’s new and can learn about what people are looking for and what they’re interested in. This is something that should definitely be utilized, not ignored.

Bottom Line

When you don’t know something very well, the easiest thing to do is hate it. I never really understood Twitter, and therefore it was easy for me not to like it. What do you do when you don’t like one of the biggest, most influential networks out there? Easy, you join it!

Now it’s your turn, tell me why you like Twitter and how I can make the most of it despite the reasons I have for not liking it. Do you have any reasons you don’t like Twitter? Share those too!

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Jeff

Hi Yaara!

I agree with a lot of the points. As I stated in a previous Twitter-bashing article, I just don’t like hearing about what stupid, trivial shit people are doing. “Taking a bath”, “Eating”, “Watching TV”, does anybody care?

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Tweety Bird

If this is J. Fabish, you’re from Chicago (as I gathered from a previous article about a site with news from Occupy), right? I lol’ed because your post reminds me of a song from the band of same name (who just happen to “hail” from the eponymous “Windy City”). ^_^

“Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care?” ^_^

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Yaara

Exactly, and it’s not that Twitter HAS to be like this, it’s just so easy to tweet no matter where you are, people tend to forget themselves.

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Rodney Mumford

I like Twitter because it lets me see all the local news, weather, and such that I would not otherwise see. It is easy to scan past the ones I am not interested in viewing at the time, in order to see only the ones I want to see. It is cheap entertainment, if you follow comics who know how to post one liners. I don’t have to actually post anything. I use it more as a news reader that doesn’t require actually reading long stories.

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Yaara

It’s a good point. If you can curate your lists and have mainly things you’re interested in without a sea of unimportant, boring things, Twitter really can be quite useful.

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PJ5tevenson

I think twitter is of use to me mainly as a way of connecting with like minded strangers. I think there are other, better ways of keeping up with friends(facebook for one, although I’m really thinking of jumping ship on that particular service) and following celebrities has never been my thing. However, its great to keep up with career and learning opportunities, meeting new people(who once you get to know them a bit better can be then transferred to your facebook friends), and football/sports scores is also a good way of using twitter.

I am a student doing a game programming course so the majority of my follows are to industry professionals, other students, gamers in general,  other programming disciplines and technology news. I might as well add that if anyone who is in these areas follow me and I’ll do the same right back PJ5tevenson

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BananaJo

For the same reason as you I don’t like Twitter either,I just don’t get it but still I have 2 accounts… 

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Robin Ashe

I agree about the personal conversations and the retweets. The retweets mostly though. If there were a way to hide them from my feed, I’d be a lot happier. As is, I stop following people who retweet too frequently.

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Madis Otenurm

That’s (RT problem) a reason for not using Twitter?! Open any followed account’s profile, click that RT button next to Following and mobile icon and you’re done!

Try with my profile if you can’t find any other: https://twitter.com/#!/robotkoer

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Yaara

Thanks for the tip Madis!

Robin, as Madis pointed out, Twitter do give us an option to ignore those retweets, but you have to access each user and choose not to get them. And anyway, it’s the idea of people who only retweet that’s kind of annoying to me. :)

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Stephanie

Yaara,
I do agree with you. I have my personal twitter account for years and I have been seeing people update their status everyday till I’m so frustrated that I stop looking at the updates. Sometime there are way too much spam that I just hate seeing the updates.

However, twitter can be a good platform to engage with people without revealing too much information like Facebook.  

Just personal thoughts. :)

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Yaara

Thanks for sharing!

I don’t believe any social platform out there is perfect. Twitter has its problems, which I pointed out, but I also agree with you that for certain things it’s much superior to Facebook, and this is why I eventually decided to give it a try.

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Rachel Stern

I also do not like Twitter.  I never liked it — the concept gives me a headache!  I finally succumbed and joined a few months ago.  I STILL do not like it.  I rarely use it, rarely post to it.  I find that the same people I am already connected to via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, instant messaging, and now, also, Google+, are the ones I am connected to via Twitter. Between all the services I use I have a list of nearly 1000 people — and I personally know almost all of them.  

I have used ALL of the above services EXCEPT Twitter, to make great connections, find jobs, network, gather information, learn new things, to be social and more.  Twitter just gives me a headache…

I am seriously considering disabling my Twitter account. 

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Yaara

I only use Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (if not counting IM and email into that), and I sometimes feel even that’s already way too much. :)

Managing all these social networks well sure requires skill. Thanks for sharing!

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Tweety Bird

Yaara, the reason you gave for finally joining Twitter — “People are out there” — is exactly the reason I’ve avoided it. I don’t know how to strike up a conversation “irl”; usually I just listen to other people’s (not in an eavesdropping way!), or add my $.02 to someone else’s topic (like I’m doing here). Also, there are a lot of famous and powerful people who use Twitter, and I don’t know how or why I’d ever fit in with the way-in crowd. I’m about the same age as the girl who Conan added to his list of people he follows, but at least she had more people (3) following her Twitter than I even have friends or “professional networkers.” :-(

What can I do? I want to distinguish myself among the crowd but I wouldn’t know how. I don’t even know where to start. Twitter is just like IM or IRC where you have to keep coming up with things to say in real-time, isn’t it? Otherwise people get bored quickly and move on to Ashton Kutcher. (Who, by the way, no longer tweets personally, but has handed the account to his PR team after getting Twitter egg on his face with a totally baseless “angry bird dropping” against the firing of “Joe Pa.”)

But congratulations on getting 20 followers practically overnight — I’d probably take as many years just to hatch! If I may ask, what was your first Tweet, i.e. how did you say hello in the Twitterverse?

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Yaara

Many times I am exactly like that too, can’t really strike conversations IRL, but this is why I love the internet so much, and have loved it ever since I was 14 on web chats about television. :)

When it comes to Twitter, you don’t have to find witty things to say all the time, you can post interesting links and such as well. But I totally relate to the feeling of “what the hell should I be saying there all the time?”. I felt and feel this way too.

My first tweet was probably something like “it was about time I started using Twitter”, or something that effect. Not earth shattering to say the least. :)

Thanks for the comment!

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Susendeep Dutta

I’m lucky.I have only 3 followers for 18 months since creation of my account.

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Claire

I don’t mind retweets. To me, they seem pretty much like someone saying “hey, did you hear…” – a standard social communication move from time immemorial.

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Yaara

The idea of retweets is not a bad one, and as you say, it’s a good way to pass interesting information for friends. 

The problem arises when people do it ALL THE TIME. I follow people because I want to see THEIR feed, not a random feed of retweets, most of which I’m not in the least interested in.

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Khalid Mohsin

I extremely agree with you about the first point.

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Diane Bégin

Good for you for staying away for so long. While every once in a while I do quite enjoy people’s random thoughts, I generally try to manage twitter through RSS feeds and search queries in Google Reader of stuff that I’m interested in because there is just too much. Still I do quite enjoy the ability to connect very easily with people on Twitter. A coworker was telling me yesterday that he heard a speaker a while ago saying that Facebook is like inviting people in your home, LinkedIn to your office and Twitter to a cocktail party. Sometimes people go too far at real cocktail parties too. :)

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Yaara

That’s pretty good. :)

Well, I don’t go to cocktail parties a lot (or ever..), so maybe that’s why I don’t like Twitter? :)

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Scriptfang

my two cents.

I use twitter from a client in command line. As far as I know, you can use this in windows and on Linux (Mac is another Linux, is’nt it?).

So, I can use it to my convenience. Reporte some events in my server (or servers), remind me some tasks, even use it as an wakeup alarm!!..

Really, we can elaborate a lot on this. But for me, right now, these reasons are enough for open an account (well, in fact two accounts, one follow the other).

Thanks for your comments, and I share them indeed.

carlos

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Yaara

Thanks for the comment Carlos!

That’s an interesting way to look at it, I don’t really use Twitter for anything like that. Maybe I should try!

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Geogator

I have tried on several occasions to get interested in Twitter. It just isn’t me.  I don’t give a damn if you are waiting in line or any other inane thing.  I guess I am too anti-social.  I was never part of the social clique in high school, college, or on the job.  That must carry over to my disdain for this incredible waste of time. Bye now.