Adults Use Twitter Twice as Much as Last Year, Pew Study Finds



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I still don't quite get the Twitter craze... don't people have anything better to do with their lives. Twitter and Facebook addicts are everywhere it seems. What ever will we do if these people are forced to actually SPEAK to one another... I can list a handful of plausable scenarios where the net would be down for an extended amount of time. Most people, would only be concerned about how to update their friends and family without Facebook... ugh. I am NOT on the social media bandwagon there.



Just like the rest of the internet, it's what you make of it.

Facebook is a very very handy address book. Also a great way to share pictures with friends and family. I don't think I've used the status update in many many years. Honestly, neither do most of my friends. Twitter is very good when used to keep track of various feeds. I am an artist, and when I post new art on my website, I'll put a link up on Twitter so my followers know it's there. I've never felt the need to use it to talk to other people or let them know what I had for lunch or what I'm up to.

Just because a bunch of teenagers use it for typical teenage stuff, doesn't mean there aren't redeeming qualities the rest of us can use.



"I am an artist, and..."

The prosecution rests, your honor.



"What ever will we do if these people are forced to actually SPEAK to one another."

A common refrain from people who've never used Twitter.

Here's what it took me a long time to get (and what some people apparently still don't understand): Twitter is among the greatest *discovery* tools ever created. It's an RSS feed of the whole internet.

To really appreciate it, don't follow celebrities, and don't follow your old high school buddies. Follow publications and smart people.

Twitter is a TERRIBLE tool for communication, but without peer as far as discovery (in fact, I found this article because I follow MaximumPC on Twitter). I *could* just visit all the websites I like one after the other to see if there's anything I want to read there, but why waste the time? Twitter makes life so much easier!

Finally: Twitter and Facebook are tools, like a hammer or a saw. They are defined by how you use them and what you create and how useful they are to you. Some people use them to create dumb things, and some people use them to create beautiful, useful things.

What's the point of criticizing how other people use a hammer? Do you bitch about how other people own torque wrenches just because you've never needed one? If not, why not?

Don't be a tool.

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