I’ve had a Twitter account for over a year now but have truly only been active for about four months.
Here are some things I’ve discovered:
1) There are ways to lengthen the conversation. It’s hard to carry on in-depth conversations with only 140 characters per tweet. Many Twitterers overcome this by posting their messages over multiple tweets.
2) Some people tweet about really stupid things. People who don’t use Twitter scratch up their faces and say, “why on earth would I want to know that my friend is standing in line at the checkout counter or that their dog just pee’d on the carpet?” … And they’re right. Those are inane conversations
3) Some people Tweet about really interesting things. Think of the Twitter-sphere as a worldwide bar or bistro, if you’d like, where the noise level is high, and many people are posturing to make a “score.” Imagine what you might find: two college kids are blathering on at the bar about nothing. But you may also find that there’s a couple in the back booth who are engaged in a fascinating debate about one of your passions. For all the stupid dialogue there are so many other intelligent conversations going on.
Discerning the Inane from the Interesting
The trick is to find the compelling conversations. That’s where search.twitter.com comes in so handy. This simple tool allows you to search for the conversations that matter to you and find the kindred spirits who have your passion who share your passion.