What kind of person is Twitter suited for?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Sonic Angel Knight, Jul 10, 2018 at 2:16 AM.

  1. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Legend

    May 27, 2016
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    Twitter is a bit over 12 years old believe it or not, but I probably can guess not everyone uses it. I don't use it because I used to think it was for popular people and celebrities. No I didn't think it was a way of demeaning or demoralizing less popular people, but I just noticed that more popular people use it. I honestly don't know that much about it so perhaps why I thought that. But lately I been considering making one and using it. I used to think is just some little blog where you share your thoughts or personal interest and other people give a thumbs up or down if that's a thing or leave comments. Kinda like a mini forum. But I noticed that it's also a source of news too. Lots of different people especially game developers post things there sometimes and is even referenced when news outlet post articles.

    So basically I want to ask what kind of person is it suited for? Is it only for interesting people and people with businesses and other such "important" things? If I was to use it, what kind of things should I know and be aware of before I do? I don't know if I want to yet mostly cause I won't have some original profile pic that I can call my own. I'm not a artist and I dunno about paying someone else for such a thing. I would like to hear some thoughts on this. :)
  2. xpoverzion

    xpoverzion GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 18, 2017
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    Twitter, facebook, snapchat, and all other sheeple media is suited for immature, pretentious, narcissistic, egocentric, dumbshits who define their selfworth by how many likes and replies they get from their asinine posts.
    Last edited by xpoverzion, Jul 10, 2018 at 2:29 AM
  3. Milenko

    Milenko GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 16, 2017
    You okay bro?
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  4. ChaosEternal

    ChaosEternal GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 27, 2015
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    I personally feel like it's best used by companies and people with a specific focus, i.e. web development, crocheting, etc. I'm not a huge fan of pages that are comprised entirely of a person's ramblings on two dozen different subjects.
  5. RivenMain

    RivenMain GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 12, 2016
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    I'd say flipping people off and liking cat videos. Though people lose their jobs alot for saying dumb stuff on it. Soo I'd say it's for getting yourself fired. xD
  6. Hells Malice

    Hells Malice Are you a bully?

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    Did someone tweet kicking your dog?
  7. VinsCool

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    So... someone like yourself?
  8. supergamer368

    supergamer368 good at something

    May 22, 2016
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    Does anybody read locations?
    Depends. Myself, I just follow people I follow elsewhere like on YouTube because they like to talk there about their lives and it’s just interesting to me. They also tweet when posting new videos, and if they’re about to start streaming on Twitch. I rarely tweet, I just read, like, and retweet. Nearly all of my regular tweets are just replies. Or, you could be one of those people who only post about their dog. Just depends on the kind of person you are I guess.
  9. RayD97

    RayD97 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 2, 2015
    I like to use Twitter to keep up-to-date with some programs, as their devs use it as a release news platform.
  10. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
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    Much like most social media it seems to have supplanted a more technically demanding but open concept in favour of an easy to use, and data collection heavy, proprietary one, and also made a shitty self contained version of email because that is trivial to do.

    In this case it seems it took over what RSS was doing for years before for everybody that cared to implement it.

    For myself. Some have accused me of a propensity towards verbosity, or in the vernacular of the average twitter user I find myself linked to I is 1 wot likes to write lots, and as such the self imposed limitations of the platform make it ill suited for myself. Doubly so as I seldom find anything is worth doing as it happens/live online as much as seeing the results after the fact, at 2x speed, with the ability to pause and the ability to skip boring sections/to the conclusion.

    One might also look at what Twitter's rules and actions seem to indicate their preferred type of user is. Looking at the people that get banned, having posts deleted or becoming "unverified" (rather than it being a complete free for all Twitter appear to have a policy wherein persons "of interest" can have an enhanced status) for the most spurious and weakest of reasons might tell you something.

    One of the earlier uses of social media in general was as an alternative avenue for people to be contacted -- I recall several stories of entire mod teams on forums getting their computers (this was pre mobile phones being useful online) virus infected by a flash signature or something on a forum and thus the entire site staff was made unavailable, though more commonly hacks in general or someone neglecting to pay the server bill. If there however was another means for people to get word out that things will be back then yeah. While that is of some use today we also see many services opt for the "selective return" approach to database queries -- most people don't care about specific answers to their searches, just something that will do, as such you don't have to do an exhaustive search and just return a selection of the results you get. This applies to facebook (which will actually charge people to increase the numbers that their posts get sent to), youtube (one of the reasons why you have to subscribe and do notifications rather than just subscribe) and many other things besides, Twitter however for now seems to have avoided that and thus provides a more "complete" means of following people.

    With that said the more general question of the thread title is asked a lot, especially as their user base growth seems to have slowed or maybe peaked and profits are still a touchy subject.
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  11. Viri

    Viri GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Sep 13, 2009
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    I have a Facebook account, but my personal info isn't there, and I use it to chat with a few of my friends, who refuse to get an account on discord or stopped using Skype. I personally would never have any social media account with my personal info, as I fear getting doxxed, or posting wrong think that could get me fired. As for Twitter, never used it.
  12. Pacheko17

    Pacheko17 かっこい男の子

    Jan 31, 2015
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    Leftist attention seekers and normies.
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  13. DinohScene

    DinohScene Feed Dino to the Sharks

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    I don't have facebook.
    Me twitter is filled with screenshots of dumb things that happened in games/game related things and occasional cat pictures.
    I don't have snapchat, don't have instagram.
    Social media is meh for me.

    To me facebook is a cesspool of trolls and meme kiddos.
    Nothing but dumb fools in their natural habitat stirring drama left and right.
    You get spammed by memes and other useless rubbish.
    I don't feel like digging through tons and tons of useless posts just to find out what someone is doing.

    Edit: No, I'm happier without social media.
    At least the vast majority of it depending on what one defines as social media.
  14. notimp

    notimp GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 18, 2007
    Twitter does two things well.

    1. One to many communication ("I'm a celebrity, listen to what I sayz.").

    2. Professional, transparent, "not quite communities"; (As in "people who have a name in a field, find and talk to each other publicly") talk about important subjects (importance in the eye of the beholder.. ;) ). Although almost never "in depth". == Networking tool. Creation of a "common narrative".

    In the US Twitter for some time also served as a "text message replacement" tech, because it was there an it was cheaper than the carriers solution. In Europe it never "got" that function, because messages where dead cheap here to begin with. This "function" is being replaced, by other services though (Whatsapp - MO EASY 2 USE grandma) and getting less and less important.

    Conventional media still "acts" like Twitter is a public "backchannel", but no one else does. Well except for "company service folks" - because people still complain on twitter to get free stuff, help, or services - from whoever has a hotword alert on the other end. This works, because its public. But actually no one really cares... :)

    3. Ah, there is a third thing twitter is still "used for" and thats news/rumor propagation. Bloggers listen to Twitter streams, and write stories that end up in the NYT. Thats how news works today. :) The "nature of the news", almost always is emotion driven (feigning "omg - i cant believe, that..."). Other stuff doesnt get to the top (see front page of reddit, formerly digg ;) ).
    Last edited by notimp, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:38 PM
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  15. Jonna

    Jonna Some sort of musician.

    May 15, 2015
    Political commentary and that sort of thing is boring and toxic.

    There is a brighter side of Twitter - the majority of indie dev accounts to follow. I maintain one for a game we're working on, and follow many other indie devs. While some developers feel the need to get that toxicity going, it is very undermined by developers posting their screenshots, amusing ramblings, milestones, news, ordeals and other amazing things for fans and other people to just enjoy. That is the Twitter I like browsing through.
  16. deltamind

    deltamind Member

    May 20, 2018
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    Mostly Influencers, it's more of a sarcastic platform for a lot of companies, check dbrand for instance. While there are people like Elon Musk taking it both seriousness and sarcasm , that's what I like.
  17. Jayro

    Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer

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    I wanna know why there's so many media platforms, when Facebook does everything the rest of them do, and better.
  18. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
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    Because Facebook the company is so awful that they opened up the door for them.
  19. Pluupy

    Pluupy _(:3」∠)_

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    Twitter is for people who need to communicate short statements or media to the public and/or a specific audience.
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  20. Larsenv

    Larsenv RiiConnect24 Developer

    Sep 28, 2013
    United States
    I don't like Facebook that much, nor do I like Snapchat and I never used Instagram. I'm fine with Twitter and Reddit is fun to pass time looking at imo.

    I have a Face Book
    dumb comment
    but I don't really like putting too much of my personal info out there. I'm not the type that likes to post pictures of myself online, but some people on Discord know what I look like because they saved it to my computer when I uploaded it. The next thing I know is that I'm getting asked to do an "ass" reveal.

    Anyway that's kind of off-topic. I like Twitter so I can post weird things I find, and view others' stuff as well. Still annoyed about the whole lockout (which I was affected by), Twitter has been slow to acknowledge what happened and give the accounts back. I'm @Larsenv_293 by the way.

    One thing I don't like about Twitter is that it feels weird when you follow too many people, you get too many tweets to read. (how do people keep up with it)? Especially bots who automatically post stuff. I don't like people who just retweet a ton of crap.
    Last edited by Larsenv, Jul 14, 2018 at 10:38 PM
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