Trying to make sense of Twitter
I haven’t been the biggest promoter of Twitter. I can see it has potential, but I’m finding it hard to get on the bandwagon, or even the caboose of the bandwagon. When I look at who I’m following, sometimes I wonder how they possibly squeeze it in to their day. Maybe they have some solution that I don’t. I want to be sure that I am suggesting or dismissing something after giving it a real honest try, not just a dabble.
So, I started looking at different clients or applications that might change how to interact with Twitter (there’s a whole market in and of itself!)
- Hootsuite – it appears as though it offers a “company” type of tool – for multiple accounts and such. But I’m just me, so maybe it’s not the best option? Seems as though lots of people use it.
- Tweetdeck – connects twitter, facebook, linkedin, myspace together. Hm, I’m active on LinkedIn, begrudgingly so on FB, not at all on that other one. I don’t have thousands of contacts, though, and don’t currently have trouble managing all my connections. Strike two?
- Tweetie – this one is just a big ugly mess. Strike three for sure.
- Tweetchat – seems to be all about the hashtag thing. Not sold that I want a micro-app for micro-blogging. Jury is out.
- Seesmic – these guys actually show you what it looks like – lots of columns and ways of connecting together all that stuff. Not a total strike-out.
- Twhirl – another product by the above – I think it is just a desktop client, but got a little distracted by the feature list (and the fact I didn’t really know all the techie terms)
- Twitterfeed – Feed your blog to twitter – ok that seems like an option, but I think WordPress does this or includes it somehow, so not necessary?
- Twitterfall – trending and searching plus some geolocation – not a big draw either. Oh, and visually kind of unappealing to me.
And there’s more. But, I couldn’t go on. By the time I got to the stage of looking at various clients, I was starting to wonder. What am I truly going to get out of micro-blogging that I’d want to put this much effort into? I’m still ambivalent. If so, I think I’ll stick to the things I’ve already heard about #lrnchat and for social learning.
Anyone out there want to convince me to get on the bandwagon?