Twitter is effective, but I don't think I need it...
Twitter is interesting Web 2.0 application that I had heard of, but never actually used myself until this class. The main reason I have not used it until now is that I did not see much use for it. When I first saw Twitter about a year and a half ago I just shrugged it off as being exactly like the â€śstatusâ€? option on Facebook. I thought if I had Facebook to tell my friends what Iâ€™m doing, why do I need Twitter?
After reading the articles and watching Jen Wighamâ€™s video, I can see that there are some potential positive uses for Twitter in the workplace. As Jen mentioned, It helped the Uptake team stay coordinated and get feedback from there user base such as the instance she mentioned where their reporter got arrested.
The Anywired article also mentions how Twitter can be used for workstreaming. Skellie defines a workstream as, â€śa live updated record of work youâ€™ve completed. When doing group work with remote colleagues, it allows you to keep track of what everyone else is doing. When working solo, it helps you keep track of your own productivityâ€? (Skellie). Twitter makes this easy because it is easy to update and concise (under 140 characters) so it is easy to follow as well.
The Connect! article mentions Twitter as a substitute for email, which from my experience with Twitter this week and Jenâ€™s video it seems like a very effective substitute. For instance when I updated my Twitter, all I had to do was go to Twitter.com and type something quick into my home page and everyone following me could see what I was doing. It would have been much more complicated for me to send an email addressed to everyone in the class to tell them what Iâ€™m doing. Twitter is a faster and easier alternative.
But as Jen mentioned, there is some downsides to Twitter as well. The ease and ability for people to post information allows them to post virtually anything whether itâ€™s factual information a lot. Also on a personal basis, I donâ€™t feel that I have too much use for Twitter. Iâ€™m OK with not knowing what my friends are doing every second of the day. To me it seems a tad creepy to know where my friends are at all times or to let everyone on the internet know where I am at all times (Yes, I know there is privacy features that can avoid that). It just doesnâ€™t seem like that necessary of a tool to me right now, but if I had an actual use for it such as the Uptake team then I would consider being a full time Twitter user.