Here are some stereotypical responses people have when they first hear about the concept of Twitter:
- “But why would I want to do that?”
- “It doesn’t make any sense.”
- “So, I’m supposed to tweet about the shoes I’m buying?”
- “Looks like a lot of noise to me.”
A lot of people have a hard time reconciling with Twitter, while others just hop on to the network like it’s the next best thing since robotic vacuum cleaners. How can one website polarize people to such extremes?
Jason Seiden, co-founder of Ajax social media, seems to have the answer. He’s of the opinion that it’s in fact people with have a more analytical bent of mind who struggle to make sense of what they’re seeing and what they’re supposed to do. He suggests that new users focus more on understanding the context of a tweet rather than its content.
If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking, “I get Twitter, I just don’t get the point of it,” then this is a must-read for you.
And here’s the really interesting part: when I ask people if they think Twitter is worth a year learning curve, a lot of people shrug. They don’t know. But if I ask if they’d invest a year to learn how to read minds, they say, “Of course!” Well, there you go. Twitter is digital telepathy. Start using it now, and you’re a year away from reading minds.