View single post by tamalie
 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2021 07:57 pm
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srossi wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: I've tried to use Twitter, on occasion, for the past 10 (?!) years, but just could NOT get into it. Mainly for self-promotion, but I can't stand the entire concept and feel it's responsible for the dumbing-down of the Internets. A lot of "reporting" nowadays has devolved to simply "they said THIS on Twitter".

I've seen laughable efforts by local government agencies, the police and even RNO's to use it... but their use and quality of content is consistently inconsistent.

When the James Holmes shooting happened (the "Batman movie shooting" in 2012), it seemed useful for communicating what was happening... but that quickly went away within 10 minutes and reddit was actually a better source of up-to-date info.

I feel Twitter is best used for promotional purposes (company announcing new product, event, movie, etc.) or for "celebrities" to babble off about stuff (actors and athletes, mostly). It's not a good platform for communicating politics. Trump, being a "celebrity", never got that.

Of course, it's too late now and Twitter seems to be rolling along just fine. Yet we said the same thing about Facebook about five years ago, and it's been losing relevancy and heading for the toilet.

I'm the old man yelling at the sky when I say: Gimme Internets Messaging Boards!

I'm with you, I never got Twitter.  I tried to create a professional account, and almost never used it.  I just couldn't ever find a single thing worth tweeting that anyone would care about.  Within a few days of me trying though, there was an incident about 2 blocks from where I work.  I can't even remember what, a shooting or a building collapse or something.  I tweeted something about it, and a legitimate reporter immediately tweeted at me if I could give details as an "eye witness".  That's when I realized how bad Twitter reporting was.  I ignored her, but I bet I could've told her anything and she would've tweeted it as fact.  Twitter reporting is as bad as Twitter presidenting, and I absolutely despise how almost every real news source now has articles filled with nothing but tweets and they call this a news article.

So now when there's a major incident I just scroll through my feed occasionally, but it's all depressing shouting and fear-mongering and unsubstantiated reports and crazy opinions.  Then I have my "wrestling account" where I just follow a few hundred people from this world and I'll scroll occasionally during a Raw or Dynamite to hear everyone complain or kiss-ass or share an old clip or something. 

Twitter is different things to different people. 

To a well known person that has say 1,000,000 followers, Twitter can be monetized to promote product, whether their own or that of a sponsor. 

For people in the media, it's a means of communicating information in a more direct and prompt manner than is otherwise the case. This is how I use Twitter. I follow a significant amount of national, regional, and local sportswriters, sports bloggers, and sportscasters, not to mention pro wrestling oriented accounts. This is both useful for getting information and being in a position to react to and ask questions of these people. It frustrates me when I ask Dave Meltzer a legitimate question about Danny Hodge and he then ignores it, but argues with trolls about WWE and AEW TV ratings, so it's not perfect by any means. However, the general amount of information and interaction makes up for it. 

Where I think a lot of people get lost with Twitter is that they see it too much like Facebook. Twitter itself is partly to blame because it has made some changes over the past five or so years that were meant to make it more like Facebook. Here is the problem with that. At its heart, Facebook is about interacting with people you know, whether that is family, friends, neighbors, workmates, old classmates or whoever. It's about putting up your vacation photos and the Saturday afternoon trip to the farmers market. Twitter is about your interests, not connecting with your existing circle.

The average person should look at Twitter as an information feed tailormade for your own interests. If you don't want to read tweets complaining about politics, unfollow people. If you want politics, but only the kind that match your own views, follow appropriately. By all means, don't use the official Twitter app if you can avoid it. No one should be unhappy with their feed or feel like they get too much of something or other. It should reflect exactly what you want. And also, if you don't want to tweet about yourself, then don't. It isn't really a good tool for self expression, but it's great for getting information. There are people on it every day who might tweet once or twice per month, but want the info coming from the hundreds or thousands of accounts they follow.

The third party apps have some limitations due to Twitter restricting things like polls and the ability to see who "liked" your tweet. However, a third party app like Tweetbot enables you to get your feed 100% in chronological order with nothing pushed to the top because its trending, no tweets that Twitter put into your feed because the data says you'd be interested, and no ads.