"I don't get it."
It seemed to just be the exact same thing as Facebook status updates, except with a 140-character limit. All of the other cool ways to interact with friends on Facebook, they don't exist on Twitter. Nope, all you do is update your status message.
It wasn't until months later that I realized Twitter's advantages:
- I can follow updates for anyone I want on Twitter. This differs from Facebook, where friend requests need to be approved before updates/pictures/etc. are visible. So, if you want to see what Olivia Munn is up to, you can. A recent tweet reads: "holy crap my custom leia robe was short! www.oliviamunn.com". Now that's news, people!
- The character limit makes surfing through updates digestible. There are a few of my Facebook friends (whom I will leave anonymous) that write freakin essays. I've learned to keep scrolling, my ghetto method of filtering crap. 140 Characters has a way of mandating that you get to the fucking point.
- News can potentially come faster on Twitter than any other source. Example 1: Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man 2) letting everyone know: "We just wrapped principal photography." Example 2: Eric Smith (Toronto Raptors radio personality) tell us " Just got off the phone w/ Anthony Parker. He confirmed that he is signing w/ CLE. Says he loves Toronto and will miss Toronto".
- It does a damn good job killing time. You bored? Tweet about something. Or find out what others are tweeting about. I can stand in any-sized lineup, as long as my iPhone has battery life (and as long as people are tweeting).
- There are plenty of tools out there that let you simultaneously post to Twitter and Facebook, or selectively post to either site. Nice!
Don't have a Twitter account? Get one ... it's Lil Lex approved! And then follow me: @atorreno