What is Twitter (to You)?

What is Twitter?

I know Twitter has had a lot of press lately and has taken significant steps forward in terms of getting public attention – but I’m still asked the question all the time – ‘What is Twitter?’

The official answer to the ‘What is Twitter‘ question is on their homepage:

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But what is Twitter to you?

How do you answer the question when asked? What does Twitter mean to you? How do you define Twitter?

Looking forward to reading your definitions, ideas, experiences and more in comments below.

What is Twitter? Over to you…..

Comments

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter for me is a way to share experiences and knowledge. I am not bothered in what people had for breakfast or their rating of last night’s sex, but I am interested in emerging new technologies and how they can be integrated into new ways of working. Okay, so there is a bit of banter on the side which is the equivalent of office water cooler chat. Twitter is a quick way of keeping tabs on what is happening in my sphere of interest. Tools like Microplaza and Peoplbrowser make searching and tracking very easy. Twitter is a tool not a social diary.

  • May 10, 2009

    Hey good question, its a question that i think every user have a diferent definition of it.

    Tiwtter for me its my meething place whit common bloogger and people that have the sema interest. Its mean to me be in contact, get news faster, and enjoy time on internet. i really dont wanth to define it but for me its like a microbloging for doce that whant to make contact whit afinite user.

    Than you for the pots and questions.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is so many things. It is a place to interact with new and interesting people. It’s a place to share information ideas inspiration and encouragement. It is a source of news that I may not otherwise come into contact with. When I’m working alone, it is someplace to go for a few moments of “office chit chat” when I need to take a break. Twitter let’s me tap into a conversation about any topic I search for and participate if I choose. I’ve become a huge fan of twitter.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is an experience.

    You can outline a perfect definition of Twitter and it still won’t convey what it is to people who have never tweeted.

    I could say “Twitter is to brains what Google is to servers” but that only analogizes one characteristic of Twitter.

    Perhaps because Twitter and its API provide infinite flexibility of use it can’t be defined within one sentence.

    Perhaps it’s personal: if you believe Twitter is a waste of time, then Twitter is a waste of time. If you think it’s a way to stay in touch with close friends, then it’s a connecting medium for friends.

    So, my answer: much like a trip, it has to be taken to be understood. And even then you still may be perplexed.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter’s an easy, fast way to connect and share with other moms. I don’t have a lot of free time with a newborn, but I do have enough time (and energy) to type a tweet with one hand while balancing the baby on my hip with the other. It’s a nice way to feel like part of a group, and not just be alone as a stay-at-home mom.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is the ultimate Mastermind group, a combination of: networking organization, support group, resource sharing community, advisory board, and friends!

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is the modern shoutbox of the world :-) Instead of having the old shoutbox on your site it is now like a world shoutbox.

  • May 10, 2009

    A great way to connect with entrepreneurs!!

  • May 10, 2009

    twitter is an ad-hoc group information and organisation tool. it’s effective and rational. it’s a waste of time. it’s the holy grale of information. it’s nothing without a client. it’s the future of management. it’s a buzzword.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is… a great way to get in touch with/find new interesting local chicks. ;)

  • May 10, 2009

    Its a way to meet tons of cool people. Everyday I meet someone else who thinks like me and has similar passions. And these people are all over the world. Its so great to meet and chat with them quickly!

  • May 10, 2009

    I’ve started calling twitter the colour of the Internet. Like a mood ring for your interwebs.

  • May 10, 2009

    I didn’t think this would be a difficult question for which to have a ready answer…until I really thought about it. For me, Twitter is the following:

    Cafe where one meets friends
    Library and encyclopedia–a great source of information
    Business conference–a place where I gain knowledge while making wonderful contacts
    Ask.com–if I have a question, someone on Twitter usually has a ready answer
    Open mic–a place to know a become known

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter’s instant messaging has a great potential to broadcast the activities of our Optimist Club, both to our members and the community. I’m using it to promote our club and its public service for the kids of our town and community.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is a virtual watercooler.
    . . . a place to search for real information
    . . . a place to share links you enjoy with friends
    . . . a place where you can quickly get answers: How do you ____? or who is good at ____?
    and to think I almost didn’t tweet.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is a place for me to talk with others about interesting topics. Also I like learning about new blogs and hope that others find my blog as well.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is a place to
    *chill out
    *find the latest buzz
    *get a human touch
    *feel independent ie, no kids, spouse, work
    *inspire ideas for my blog
    *feel spontaneous
    *LOL
    *share information
    *benefit from others’ knowledge
    *tweet my latest whatever to whoever

  • May 10, 2009

    On the face of it, Twitter is “just” blogging, but smaller, faster, and more connected. But saying that is kind of like saying a movie is “just” a series of pictures, one after the other, in quick succession.

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter is whatever I want it to be.

  • May 10, 2009

    When asked this question, I usually answer:

    “The best way I can describe it is: a constant flow of conversation (a Twitter stream). You can jump in and interact for a while and then jump out. It’s a way to network for business on a personal level. I meet the neatest people and learn the most interesting things by participating and connecting. I put a lot into my tweets – but I always get more out of it than what I put in.”

  • May 10, 2009

    Twitter to me is just another money making tool that you should use if you intend to make money online …

  • May 10, 2009

    I tell people that Twitter is a simple machine, like a lever or a wheel. It’s defined by its applications, which are limited only by users’ imaginations. Although I sometimes use it to promote blog posts, it’s most important to me as a way to keep day to day connections with friends in other cities. To be able to share the trivia of life, things that are not worth an email or a phone call, but worth sharing and knowing nonetheless, makes distances shrink between myself and people I care about.

  • May 10, 2009

    I agree with those who say Twitter is different for each person, and what it is depends on how you use it.
    My original use for Twitter was as an update tool for my main blog. Feeding my tweets to my main blog keeps the blog ‘new’ in search engines. By texting I can send blog updates from anywhere, even places without wireless PC access. Twitter has done a fine job of that.
    But Twitter has also become, for me, one of my networking tools, an information source, a living knowledge base, a tracking tool, and a source of simple fun/relaxation–all depending on the conversation that day and the ones in which I choose to participate. The flexibility and versatility of Twitter continues to intrigue me.

  • May 10, 2009

    making connections, relationships and friends
    leveraging that connectivity to learn, disseminate and be helpful

  • May 11, 2009

    I find that Twitter answers more than just the question, “What are you doing?” but also the question, “What is on your mind?” or “What information do you have to present the public?”

    The reason I use twitter is not really for followers or publicity, but to just put my thoughts out. Livejournal and Blogger never really worked for me because I could never understand how to make layouts on it and I also am more of a one-liner kind of person. Tangents are rare for me, so something like Livejournal…it just takes a tad more effort.

    Twitter is great in how it’s so easy to use and how one is able to find other kinds of people on it easily. I’m able to read the thoughts of people I have never met and probably will never meet, but even then I’m presented thoughts that can influence me in some way and even put a smile on my face and give me something to share with other people.

    Twitter is possibly one of the best blogging sites out on the internet. Hands down.

  • May 11, 2009

    Twitter is the the piece of the puzzle that pulls all the other components of SoMe together. Though that is an inadequate analogy. Twitter amplifies your SoMe activities in a synergistic way making all your SoMe efforts more effective.
    It has evolved far beyond what the stated reason for it’s existence. When I first saw the Twitter video on Youtube I was not interested. When I found out DHL was monitoring Twitter when my wife “TheGeekGirl” took tweeted about her bad experience, and it was resolved within an hour after her tweet which was after several phone calls with DHL CS I knew there was more to Twitter than finding out where my friends were having a cup of Java.
    Follow me @learn2link @Link_Atlanta @Chuck_Z

  • May 11, 2009

    Twitter is first of all a listening post, where I can hear others talk about topics I’m interested in.

    It’s also a broadcast post, where I can share my ideas, my links, and my likes and dislikes.

    Lastly, it’s also a connection post, where I can connect with the people I’ve met, and have yet to meet, all in 140 characters or less.

  • May 11, 2009

    It’s a really funny thing because I was just talking to someone offline about Twitter today. Twitter to me is like a treasure house of really cool links where I can learn more about a particular subject I’m interested in. It also means a really neat place I can promote, too. Which I do. ;o)

  • May 11, 2009
    Shally
    @shally69

    Twitter forces me to think crisply.
    Like any other internet tool,
    I can use it to forward my thinking, just relax with inane banter or misuse it.
    I would rather stick to the first two!!!!

    I love how you use Twitter as a medium of communication, Darren.

  • May 11, 2009

    Twitter is my personally customized global business intranet that helps me get and share information I might not get in the same effectivity elsewhere (but the new friendfeed might catch up)

  • May 11, 2009

    Twitter is what you make out of it!!!
    After a few month of light till medium use i started to get benefits of the twitter use. I think everybody is his own Twitter-Network architect. You decide either if you use it as a professional network, a way to let your friends know what you do (trivial use) or to stay at the cutting edge of the time. Nevertheless i like the way of communication and i predict microblogging (dont know if i like the term or not) a big future.

  • May 12, 2009

    It’s a simple waste of time and resources, without no real benefits. People will get bored eventually and it will sink as fast as it rised.

  • May 13, 2009

    Twitter has been a great place to learn, gain insight, share information and connect with entrepreneurs and sharp business minded people all over the world.

  • May 13, 2009

    To me, Twitter is much more than i first thought it was, a simple headline promoter. Now i use is a powerful online marketing tool to communicate with everyone who has a relationship to Music Festivals. I’m convinced we are only scratching the surface of this tool and there will be some amazing developments within the year. Just my opinion ;-)

  • May 19, 2009

    This is a good question. Twitter is still a social bookmarking tool where I’m trying to find my voice and have an impact!

  • November 8, 2009

    its a message thing to get ahold of friend/family

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