I have been on Twitter for seven years. Yet, I still don’t get it.
It seems to defy categorisation. Is it a place where you can enjoy a little bit of chat and fun during your morning coffee break? For some people it’s where you promote yourself or your brand. For others, it’s that harmless place to talk about what they had for lunch. Then there’s the dark side – where people band together as an ugly, faceless, group of vigilantes to attack anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Where do I fit in?
Unlike other forms of social media, I’ve never been able to successfully dip in and out of it. I pop by in the morning and say some random, chirpy thing about my day. Mostly, It falls slowly like a heavy stone to the bottom of a very large pond, noticed by no one.
I mainly use it to share my blog posts and to support other bloggers by retweeting theirs. Occasionally, I say hi to someone. But it saps time that I should be spending doing something else, and it just doesn’t feel rewarding enough to justify that. I suppose I’m a part-time Twitter user, and I get the impression that that’s not possible.
Now, Instagram, I totally get you. I share pictures I love, and my life is enriched by looking at inspiring images from other users. I comment and like things – successfully dipping in and out throughout the day. I feel like I get something out of it, and I don’t actually mind it sapping up quite a bit of my time.
Twitter, on the other hand, feels like a cold, impersonal environment – rather like a giant school playground where no one wants to speak to you. Is it possible for Twitter to feel warm and welcoming, or is that just not the point? Increasingly, it doesn’t feel relevant to me.
Does anyone else feel like this, or is it just me?