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WissensWert Blog Carnival No. 5 - Why do you twitter?

June 12th, 2009 Martin Raske

The question of this month's blog carnival on http://wissenswert.iwi.unisg.ch/?p=590 is "Why the heck do you twitter?"

I'm a late joiner. WhenDidYouJoinTwitter? tells me that I joined Twitter on January 16th, 2009. At this point the whole world was talking about Twitter. The newspapers were full of it and even on TV they discussed microblogging. I am a late joiner, but I quickly enjoyed it.

I twitter because...

...I wanted to find out about all kind of social media tools. In early 2009 I signed up for all kind of web 2.0 tools that I could find, just to find out, what was going on in the world. I had the impression that by concentrating on traditional e-learning for quite a while - ten years actually - I had missed some recent developments in the real world and I still feel too young to be left behind.

...I realized that it does not take much of my time and still I could start playing a role in the web 2.0 community. A tiny one, yes, but a role. And very early I realized that it is so easy to get in contact with people you don't even know in person by using Twitter. And that brings me to the next reason.

...Connecting with people you know and people you don't know was never easier.

...Virtual communities are vital communities. I still hear many people say: I would rather meet someone in person than to only be in virtual contact with them. And I always say to them: Why do you think this is an either-or decision? For me it's an AND-situation.

...I believe that companies could profit from it in many ways.

...I am a gadget guy. I have my BlackBerry and my cell phone always with me. And I have a netbook and a laptop and a desktop and another laptop and an old laptop too. In other words: I am almost always online - why not use this fact to talk to the world - if the world wants to listen?

...Even though everybody does it, not many people do it - and where I come from, you don't find many tweeting birds. Which makes me an early bird even though I am a late joiner - nice contradiction.

...It's fun to talk to the world and thinking that maybe someone even reads my thoughts.

...I have had a few feedbacks now from vendors and service providers who want to do business with me and who know a lot of what I think and what I need and what I don't like. And what's really funny: They even told me: 'Don't put me on your Twitter after our meeting.' Isn't that fun? Makes you feel very powerful.

...It's much easier to let my friends know what I do - if they would want to know.

...I just feel I should be part of the 1% that contributes to building our www.

...Otherwise nobody would ever find my blog.

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