Are you a Twitter lover? I had a Twitter account for several years but never used it. What was the point? I didn’t think the world needed to know what I ate for breakfast. Yes, Twitter could be used for over sharing, but it is far more valuable than that. Twitter is great source of real news and useful information.
Without realizing it, I have started to categorize my use of social media. Facebook is for family and friends, looking at baby pictures and keeping up with news about people I care about. Pinterest is for collecting things- recipes, home decor hacks, and DIY tips. Instagram is for ogling lovely photos and has become my shelter magazine of choice. If you don’t believe me, just follow Southern Living magazine. I don’t even live in the south, but I swoon over their photos. Twitter is my source when I want content: breaking news, feature stories and information about the world and my business.
I can spend hours on Twitter. How is it possible that 140 character Tweets can lead me down a rabbit hole of lost time? Here are three reasons.
Today’s Tweets are Tomorrow’s News
The phrase, “you heard it here first” definitely applies to Twitter. Most of the content that is on the mainstream news is on Twitter hours or even days earlier. If you want breaking news, Twitter is the place. The video that goes viral today will be on Good Morning America tomorrow. The death of a world leader will trigger an alert on your phone. I got a Twitter notice about a tornado before the sirens went off in my town.
I have always loved the Sunday newspaper and I still buy it, but now I find I have already read half of the stories. Every news outlet has a Twitter presence; you can follow them for the latest news. Interestingly, they will follow you back. Local media were among my earliest Twitter subscribers. Where do you think they find their news?
Tweets Have Links to Articles
Admittedly I am late to the game, but how did I not know this? The value of a tweet often isn’t in the short 140 characters, it is in the link. Click the link and open up a world of information. I now understand the demise of traditional magazines. I love magazines and always have, but access to the content of magazines is now a tweet and a click away. I follow organizations, news outlets and magazines. I go to Twitter when I want to read articles.
Twitter is Great for Discovering New Things
I am always open to new ideas and Twitter is a great place to explore new voices with new ideas. Most of the movers and shakers have video channels and podcasts. Twitter opened my eyes to how many podcasts exist in the world and how fast they are growing. Listening to podcasts while doing mundane chores or driving has been a gift. Ted Talks regularly inspire me. I watched videos I found on Twitter to learn how to create my website. The information of the world is literally at your fingertips, and used well, Twitter can help you find it.
As of December, Twitter has 500 million users. Are you one of them? How do you use Twitter? Drop me a comment or a tweet, I’d love to know.