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To tweet or not to tweet

February 8, 2012 - Blaine Hyska
Do you tweet? Most local folks do not.

The latest Daily News survey shows that 89 percent of readers do not subscribe to Twitter, six percent receive tweets, four percent send tweets “Once in a while,” and just one percent send tweets “all the time.”

Twitter has been around for quite some time, six years or so, but there are a lot of people who don’t understand or want to understand the concept. “Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations,” says the Twitter website.

From everyday, ordinary people, it’s insightful stuff, like: “Check out my new ride.” Or, “Really loving this song...” Or, “Spent the weekend camping.” Or, “The latest episode of (TV show of your choice) was great.” Or my favorite, “I had tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.”

A lot of tweeters and Facebookers do this. Without solicitation, they broadcast what restaurant they’re going to, what they’re cooking or baking, what they’re about to eat, what they consumed, and how much they liked it.


Mostly, though, Twitter fans sign on to get messages from someone they’re interested in — usually a movie or sports star.

Lady Gaga has long been the most-followed person on the planet. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Shakira, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, President Obama, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez round out the top 10.

Kinda tells you the mindset of Twitter followers. Seriously people. Is Po-Po-Po-Pokerface the best we can do?

Don’t get me wrong, Twitter has a place in society.

It can be used to follow political candidates to make intelligent decisions at the polls. It can be used to follow the latest news, weather and sports information, and it can be used to keep in touch with far-away relatives.

It’s an information tool.

What I find troubling is when people tweet each other — when they’re in the same room.

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