Twitter Explanation: How to Explain to Your Spouse Why You Love Twitter

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A good friend said to me: “Why would anyone be on Twitter?”  Mind you, he’s never been on Twitter and he doesn’t know a thing about it.  But he’s a successful lawyer and thinks he knows what’s what.

In reply, I’ve decided to come up with a list of answers for when someone asks you this question:

  1. Getting news updates before the news media
  2. Asking technical software/hardware questions and getting answers
  3. Asking for referrals for a plumber in your hometown area
  4. Getting book recommendations in 140 characters instead of rambling book reviews
  5. Connecting with people you’ve met on LinkedIn or Facebook and want a quicker way to message them
  6. Getting links to specific industry news
  7. Sharing valuable blog posts
  8. Sharing information about your own projects
  9. Giving testimonials
  10. Getting tips in all kinds of subjects
  11. Getting help when you have a problem with, for example, your Sprint account
  12. Connecting with higher-level people than you could through other communication channels

Perhaps the reason I like best is that I use my Twitter contacts as information filters.  I certainly don’t have time to read everything I’d like to read.  Thus when someone whose opinion I really trust tweets that this is a good article and includes the link, I’ll click through to take a quick look.  More often than not, I’m glad I was alerted to the information.

Of course, it’s important when being on Twitter to be a giver and not just a taker.  In other words, you have to share good info also – and not just info that you’ve written.  For example, when I’ve read a particularly informative article in that day’s Wall Street Journal, I’ll tweet the link if there’s a public link available for that story.

Also, Twitter offers the ability to widen your own world – and to do this from the convenience of your computer. Most of us tend to stick to the people we know.  But on Twitter we can have conversations with people all over the country (and globe if they tweet in English) – people we would never otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

For my part, I’m going to come up with a good “put down” line for when people say: “Why would anyone be on Twitter?”  Something like: “You don’t know what you’re missing.”  Or: “Try it, you’ll like.”  Or finally: “If you try it and become a Twitter addict, don’t blame me.”

Tnail-PZMillerPhyllis Zimbler Miller’s company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com combines traditional marketing principles with the power of Internet marketing strategies to promote your business more effectively.  The company also does Twitter tutorials by teleconferencing to help companies plan an effective Twitter strategy – www.TeachMetoTweetNow.com .  Phyllis is a National Internet Business Examiner at www.InternetBizBlogger.com and you can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ZimblerMiller .

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  • http://twitter.com/tjdietderich TJ Dietderich

    I'm pretty much going to print out small copies of this post and hand it to friends who say they “don't get Twitter” and “don't see why I'd waste time on it.”

  • http://twitter.com/missmotorcade sherri haymond

    Are you talking about my husband? Because he TOTALLY doesn't get it. I've made most of the points on your excellent list to him (and to a few of my other friends I believe would truly benefit from Twitter) – but alas, he will never buy in. Even though we're using Twitter to build our small biz (@WY20) and even though 90% of the info I've learned about PR I've learned from my Twitter friends. I, like you, think it saves me time – I use my contacts as information filters and then pass along what I think my followers would find most useful. But he will forever think of it as a huge time suck (as I think will most non-believers). They just don't get it. And I'd love to figure out a way to make them see the light. I'll continue to pass along any insights…please do the same.

  • http://twitter.com/ZimblerMiller PhyllisZimblerMiller

    Thanks to everyone who has responded so positively to this guest post. I so wish I could get my own husband to understand!

  • rachelwells

    Great post Phyllis. I like your point about connecting with friends from LinkedIn & Facebook. I don't know about everyone else, but I've never used LinkedIn's messaging system. And I absolutely avoid Facebook's IM feature. When it comes to meaningful communication, Twitter is where it's at.

  • thewriterslife

    Excellent post! I love Twitter..I don't know how I did without it all those years.

  • http://twitter.com/tressalynne Tressa Robbins

    I am printing this out (yes, printing) for my husband. He's quite a bit older than I and can barely get into his email by himself. I have him on Facebook now so he can keep up with family but … well, I think you know. Thank you so much for this post!

  • thewriterslife

    Excellent post! I love Twitter..I don't know how I did without it all those years.

  • http://twitter.com/tressalynne Tressa Robbins

    I am printing this out (yes, printing) for my husband. He's quite a bit older than I and can barely get into his email by himself. I have him on Facebook now so he can keep up with family but … well, I think you know. Thank you so much for this post!

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