I joined Twitter hesitantly at the beginning of last year. To be honest, the only reason I joined was because my friends said it would be fun and that I could really benefit from it being a journalist. I really didn’t buy it, but set up the account and started following friends, athletes and celebrities. I thought it was pretty cool at first, but didn’t use it as my primary source of social media.That all changed once I started getting more involved in my field.
Twitter has been an incredible help for me in getting news and sports updates as soon as they broke. When you have two sports talk shows during the week, you want the latest and greatest news to come out. With Twitter, I’m really able to do just that. Twitter has gone a lot deeper that just getting sports updates, however.
Twitter has enabled me to become a better writer as a whole. When Mallery Tenore says it helped her shorten her wordy writing, she really hit the nail right on the head. I used to be a big fan of using long winded sentences and big adjectives to try and spice up my writing. Twitter has really reigned me in since I joined. Obviously, only having 140 characters limits you on what you are going to say. It also works on the clarity of your writing, as it forces you to write concisely in order to get your point across, all while it is still written well.
The one problem I have seen a good amount of times when it comes to Twitter is my lack of followers of meaning. Not that I don’t love my friends and other followers, but sometimes you just need that one follower who you are able to network with. One follower turns into two, two into four, and so on. When you get that one noteworthy follower, your options are almost limitless.
I do have to say, and Tenore may disagree with me, that I don’t like it when people use Twitter simply for fun. It’s not to say that I don’t enjoy reading a funny or amusing tweet, because I do. I just cannot stand when people aren’t able to write properly or do anything serious. When every tweet is about your boyfriend, beer or some bad music, I can’t really remain your follower. It’s just too tough to do.
There are some instances when Twitter is tough to use or downright annoying, it is simply to valuable of a tool not to have. I have tweeted about 2,000 times in a year when I thought using Twitter would be just a passing fad. I’m glad I’ve gotten into Twitter as much as I have.