Tiffany B. Brown

This is why, this is why, this is why I Tweet.

Title jacked from Baratunde. Questions asked by danah.

First, the practical question. Can i quote you?

  • [X] Yes, and you must use my real name.
  • [ ] Yes, but please use a pseudonym and don’t use any identifying
  • information.
  • [ ] No, please just use this for your own weird thoughts.

Why do you use Twitter? What do you like/dislike about it?

I use Twitter because it’s fun. I get to share some of those goofy / funny thoughts I have in my head with people I would otherwise see once or twice a year. And the ability to Twitter via text or the web means I can share when/wherever.

What I like about it is that I can keep in touch with the little details of my friends’ days. I feel like I’m connected to them, even though they’re across the country. I can also throw out a question and someone will give me an answer. In some (minor) ways, it’s a productivity tool.

There’s not much I don’t like about it, other than the site’s scaling issues. It also feels kind of banal and mindless at times too, but then, so does most of what I do online.

Who do you think is reading your Tweets? Is this the audience you want? Why/why not? Tell me anything you think of relating to the audience for your Tweets.

I know that my Twitter friends are reading them. I’m also on the public timeline, so really *anyone* can read them. Do I have an audience? I don’t know. I’m not even sure I care. Maybe that’s the joy of Twitter. One-way thought sharing or something … I can’t think of a cleverer phrase.

How do you read others’ Tweets? Do you read all of them? Who do you read/not read and why? Do you know them all?

I read the Tweets of friends I’m following. That’s a slightly different group of people than those who are following me. I skim all of them. I generally don’t read the public time line. I do know or have at least met almost all of the people I follow. And I know or have met a good number of the people following me.

What content do you think is appropriate for a Tweet? What is inappropriate? Have you ever found yourself wanting to Tweet and then deciding against it? Why?

Anything involving projectile vomiting or explosive diarrhea is TMI. Ditto sex. My policy is if it’s something I wouldn’t say to a co-worker, or to my boss, I don’t Tweet it. I also don’t Tweet about work since one of my (now former) coworkers is one of my Twitter friends.

At one point, I was Tweeting (and blogging) about my relationship issues. That didn’t go over well with Sweetie, so I stopped.

Are your Tweets public? Why/why not? How do you feel about people you don’t know coming across them? What about people you do know?

Yes. My Tweets are public. I’m pretty good at filtering myself, so I don’t care about people coming across them. I’m fairly public about the basics of my life on my blog, and nothing bad has happened. I treat my Twittering in the same way.

What do i need to know about why Twitter is/is not working for you or your friends?

Er, I don’t have an answer for that. Most of my friends aren’t web geeks (except for the ones on Twitter). Twitter would probably be a big ol’ WTF? for my offline friends.

Scratch that. I agree with Jason about the SMS warning. The constant stream is the main reason why my text Tweets are one-way. I send to Twitter and don’t receive updates on my phone.

I would also like the ability to choose how certain folks can Tweet me. Some people have good Twitter etiquette (not too many tweets, stuff is pretty funny or interesting to me). I wouldn’t mind getting their updates on my mobile. Some people tweet way too effing much. It’s those folks who made me turn off SMS updates in the first place.

How do you Twitter? Answer on danah’s blog.

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3 Responses to “This is why, this is why, this is why I Tweet.”

  1. [...] This is why, this is why, this is why I Tweet. :: tiffany b. brown // v 4.1 Tiffany has a very good, comprehensive post about why she uses Twitter. Sort of like mine from a few weeks ago, only more organized. I do have to disagree w/ her about sex being TMI for a tweet, though! (tags: twitter web2.0 socialnetworking) [...]

  2. patricia says:

    of the 20 some people I’ve got listed as friends, I’ve chosen to only receive updates from about four of them on my phone. As it is, those four people on any given day can send a lot of messages so I tend to only turn on Twits to the phone when I’m going to be completely away from a computer. So far that’s worked out pretty well for me.

  3. patricia says:

    of the 20 some people I’ve got listed as friends, I’ve chosen to only receive updates from about four of them on my phone. As it is, those four people on any given day can send a lot of messages so I tend to only turn on Twits to the phone when I’m going to be completely away from a computer. So far that’s worked out pretty well for me.