What is Twitter you ask? Well, what it is (a status update) can be explained more simply than why it is. You see people Twitter for all kinds of reasons, just like people blog and journal or keep a diary for many unique reasons. Recently I was quizzed by some extended family about why I would want to be an exhibitionist and reveal all my personal information. They pressed that it seemed assumptive to think anyone would care about every detail of my day.
I didn’t take offense to this, as it is a reasonable question. For me, Twittering is a way of leaving artifacts of the days and months that speed by way too fast. I can review my words and remember the mile markers of my life, who I was walking the road with, and what it meant to me at the time. For me, this is reason enough to write 140 characters a few times a day about something only I care about.
Twitter is many things to many people, but to me Twitter is not a marketing platform, it is a journaling system that is more simple than any method ever. I also use it as an easy way to share links, grab news, keep up with my friends, and message people when I want to connect with them. Still, these purposes are all secondary to my desire to easily document the simplest things about my life that I won’t remember 2, 10, 30 years from today.
Twitter in Plain English is a video I thought I would share for all you who haven’t experienced Twitter but are dabbling with the idea of creating an account. This will give you the basics, but feel free to ask questions in a comment if you have some.