I love twitter, but most people don’t know what the heck it really is. When they ask me I tell them it is what you want it to be… strange answer I know, but very true.
World Wide Cocktail Party
It’s just like going to a party with real people – YOU decide who you listen to and what you talk about. Except with Twitter the party is taking place all over the planet 24 hours a day every day. If you want to spend time with close friends and family you can, but if you want to meet new people and learn about new things you can do that also.
Ask a different Question
The question Twitter asks at the top of their page is “What are you doing“. Unless you just watched a newsworthy event (which happens) most people don’t care that you are drinking coffee… unless it is the best coffee in the city.
David Meerman Scott just posted a great perspective on how to use Twitter – check it out. He suggests some great alternatives to the question Twitter poses – like “What’s got your attention and why?“