I don’t understand why there are bloggers who just don’t use twitter at all! Apparently they have other means to share their blog content such as Facebook, Emails, Instant Messengers, Google+, Linkedin, Forums, etc., but if they are on all of those, why are they NOT on Twitter?! I may sound biased because personally I’m quite a twitter fan, but there are always a bunch of reasons why so.
First of all, I completely prefer Twitter to Facebook! The thing about Facebook is that if you have 1,000 “friends” reading your updates you also have to read updates from those 1,000 people plus all the news from the pages you “like” and the groups that you are a member of. Overwhelming information – you may think? However, in fact, you never see all the updates from those 1,000 friends but just from a few of them. It’s because Facebook has their edgerank system, which means your updates also only appear to a certain percentage of people. Good news is you don’t have to read all the updates but bad news is your updates are also not all read.
Meanwhile, with Twitter, if you have 1,000 followers you don’t have to “suffer” from all of them because you can choose who you want to read news from by following them back or putting them into your lists and read from those lists. Updates on Twitter are less than 160 characters so they do not take up as much space as on facebook and very easy to follow. I even know a few people who only follow newspapers, magazines, news agencies and use Twitter as a mere info source.
Secondly, I love Twitter because thanks to it I have met and become good friends with many interesting people who share the same interests. Many of them are travellers, bloggers, social media specialists, event organizers, musicians who appreciate the content I share on my blog about travelling, events, music, etc. Many of us were “strangers” before HanoiTweetUp but now I have met most of those I’m “following” in both Hanoi and Saigon and continue to have their close support for any content I write for both my blog and HanoiGrapevine. I guess it’s not a coincidence why referrers to my blog from Twitter doubles those from Facebook.
Thirdly, Twitter is one of the easiest ways to reach new audience both locally and internationally. Emails, Facebook and Linkedin can only bring your updates to your friends and acquaintances while Twitter can bring your opinions to various strangers worldwide who share the same hobbies on those particular subjects and follow the same “trends“. You may find new audience from forums too, but it’s only good when you just write about one thing, or else you would have to sign up in every forum about travelling, music, events if you write about all of those. That sounds a lot of usernames and passwords to remember and news to read(!)
Fourthly, I find Twitter much easier to interact than Facebook, Forums, Linkedin and the comment section on the blog itself. Not only because Facebook is blocked in Vietnam and is a pain whenever we try to sneak in but also because Twitter is much simpler, has less buttons than any other means of communications (reply -> 160 characters -> enter). Of course this may lead to a negative side that people tend to be chatty on Twitter and it may be annoying to their mutual followers, but well, there’s always an unfollow button to use so there’s nothing to worry about.
In conclusion, I can wholeheartedly say that Twitter is one of my favourite communication tools. It’s not only about content sharing but also about networking with people who share the same values and interests. Have you ever thought you’ll be able to find your best mates on Twitter? There’s high possibility it can happen to you just like it has happened to me. And for bloggers it’s specifically important to be able to interact with their readers and Twitter is obviously the fastest and easiest way. So you who blog and are not on twitter yet, what are you waiting for? Just sign up now, put up a short bio, a profile pic, a web link and start tweeting and sharing your content! Beware of addiction though!