Seen in Riehen, Dorf.
I stumbled across this quote:
We assume that people are interested in technology, just because we are. Most people aren’t.
I managed to break the key of my bicycle lock last night.
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Tip: remember to lubricate your bicycle lock at regular intervals!
He makes an excellent point which matches my own experience. Most people don’t see the added benefit of using Twitter. The uses are difficult to grasp. Especially since Twitter turned off the SMS service for the rest of the world, which is the single feature that got me started on Twitter. Connecting the mobile world with the web world – at no extra cost – was a killer app in 2007. Unfortunately it didn’t last. Read this 2008 article, What Twitter’s global failure means for Africa by @whiteafrican.
In addition to not understanding Twitter uses, many people don’t like reading online. Reading deadwood media is more relaxing for the eyes, still more portable, less battery-dependent.
My suggested uses
Listed below are some of my Twitter use cases.
Twitter Search is great for non-mainstream, niche topics. Many bloggers have added Twitter to their publishing toolset. Un-normal people everywhere in the world that are at the scene, on the ground have access to mobile phones and send out tweets. The data is raw, not confirmed, and unfiltered, but it gives a voice to the unheard and a different opinion from mainstream media outlets that dominate western opinion (commonly known as the gatekeepers). Google now searches Twitter and displays recent tweets:
In addition to all the mainstream media I hear and read, I read tweets on currents affairs as a supplement.
Twitter generates traffic for your website, photo stream, blog, online shop. If you want to be noticed by the early adopter market segment, Twitter is the place to be. I would compare it with blogging in 2004 to 2005, when it was easy to google bomb yourself into the top 10 search results. One thing is certain, web traffic streams are constantly changing. Maybe Twitter will be discarded. The key is good content. Regurgitating or copying content that is not your own will not help you in the long run. Writing yet another review on an over-hyped topic is destined for oblivion. A good example how to build a web audience in a consistent way is Handmade 2.0.
Since generating traffic for websites is part of my day job, hanging out on Twitter helps me to figure out the changing traffic streams.
I use Twitter to get feedback and help on technical topics. I share my knowledge and experience.
- Where can I get a copy of Ubuntu Linux in Blantyre?
- Should I use Drupal?
- Who offers training courses for Typo3 in Switzerland?
- How do I convert the character set in my re-imported MySQL database to UTF-8?
- Photography, web programming tips, etc.
Share knowledge, learn!
Still fascinating after 14 years on the Internetz: connecting with others. Discussing. Reviewing.
For example, every Sunday evening on German TV there is a murder mystery called Tatort. It’s an institution for some. A distraction for others, ironing clothes for the work week ahead. With Twitter you can review the latest Tatort in real-time.
As in the C.S. Lewis quote: We read to know, we are not alone.
I like this quote from Hacktivate:
We need to stop underestimating people. Don’t expect Africans to be content with boring old SMS and voice for long. Smartphones, droids and even iphones are much higher up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs than we realize, especially if nobody around owns a computers, your schools suck, and the government controls the radio and newspaper. Africans have leapfrogged over landlines. They are now leaping over laptops.
(Desperate housewives, lonely on their isolated farms, also surprised the world by being the early adopters of the strange world of cranks and dials and operators that made up the original telephones of the 19th century)