Answers to the Top 10 Twitter Objections

Last week I did an interview with The Tennessean, our local paper here in Nashville, about my use of Twitter. Naomi Snyder, the reporter, asked me to respond to a few of the common objections people have to using Twitter.

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After the interview, I realized that there actually are a finite number of objections. I have heard most of them. If you use Twitter, you probably have, too.

Regardless, the first thing I did was “crowd source” my followers on Twitter. I had a list of five objections before I did this. I honestly thought I had captured all of them, but I wanted to make sure. I Twittered this:

My original tweet asking my followers to help

Surprisingly, I got seven more objections for a total of twelve.

I then created a poll in SurveyMonkey.com, blogged about it, and then asked my Twitter followers and blog readers to vote for the top three reasons their friends tell them they aren’t Twittering. More than 700 people took the poll.

Unfortunately, I somehow failed to include what I think is the number one thing that most of us hear from our friends. I have listed this one first, because I think it is probably the most prevalent. I have followed this with the other nine.

  1. “That sounds silly.” This is precisely what I said to my friend, Randy Elrod, when he introduced the service to me. He wisely said, “You won’t really understand Twitter until you try it?” I still think that’s right. Therefore, I challenge people to read my post, “12 Reasons to Start Twittering” and then try Twittering for two weeks. If they don’t like it after two weeks, fine. At least they will know first-hand why it didn’t work for them.
  2. “I don’t understand how to do it.”I get this a lot. People may not want to admit it, but they don’t understand how to do it. No problem, that is precisely why I wrote “The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.” It assumes that they know nothing and walks them through the basics. One of the best things you can do for your friends when they are just starting out is to send them the link to this post.
  3. “It think it would take too much time.” I get this objection frequently, too. In fact, at one point, I heard this objection so many times that I wrote another blog post, documenting how much time I spent on Twitter a day. It’s entitled, “How Much Time Does Twittering Really Take?” As it turns out for me, less than 30 minutes a day—if that.
  4. “It is too narcissistic or self-centered.” Twitter is one of those things that merely amplifies what you already are. If you are narcissistic, then Twitter will give you a way to become even more narcissistic. But you won’t attract many followers. The key to that is being genuinely other-centered and generous. In fact, that is precisely the thing that gets other people’s attention and is rewarded on Twitter. To be successful with Twitter, it can’t be about you. It must be about your followers.
  5. “I prefer Facebook or some other social media service.” Honestly, I am not a big fan of Facebook, but there is no point in arguing it. Different strokes for different folks. However, why chose? You can have your cake and eat it, too. In this post, “How to Update Your Facebook Status with Twitter,” I show you how to kill two birds with one stone. (I think I mixed three different metaphors in one paragraph!)
  6. “It is a poor substitute for real relationships.” That’s what I thought at the beginning. I already have a rich social life. Why do I need more superficial relationships? However, with the exception of one of my daughters, my entire family started Twittering at the same time. This allowed us to stay connected in ways we could never dream of before. Plus, I have met some amazing people on Twitter who eventually became real friends and business associates. I met with one of them yesterday morning.
  7. “I don’t have anything interesting to say.” Don’t sell yourself short. Your life is more interesting than you think. Why do you think reality television is so popular? People crave transparency and authenticity. They long to connect with real people living real lives. It gives them perspective and helps them see that their lives are more normal than they thought.
  8. “I am concerned about my privacy.” I wrote the book on this—literally. In 2001, my book Invasion of Privacy: How to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age. was published by Regnery. Since that time, I have done a one-eighty. For all practical purposes, privacy is dead: get over it. Via Google, people can find out more about you in ten minutes than was possible in a lifetime ten years ago. You might as well intelligently feed the Google search engines with what you want people to know about you. You need to be smart about it, but you are in control.
  9. “I don’t see how it could help my business.” I know so many people now who have almost completely given up traditional marketing. They are doing most of their promotion on Twitter and seeing huge success. Why? Because they have a loyal following of people who trust them—a tribe, to use Seth Godin’s term. At Thomas Nelson, we are seeing some significant success with social media. Twitter is at the heart of our strategy,
  10. “I don’t know how to get started.” This is the easy part. Twitter is profoundly simple. You can sign up for an account and get started in 60 seconds. All you have to do is answer a simple question, “What are you doing?” in 140 charters or less. An even better question is this, “What has your attention right now? You can post an update or two and start following your family or friends. The rest will take care of itself. Trust me on this.
Question: If you are using Twitter, what are your answers to some of these questions? If you are not using Twitter, what other objections do you have?
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  • http://publishsmarts.wordpress.com Ben Dawe

    This is really interesting. I've found my 40+ year old friends object to the idea of granular content. Last weekend, three separate conversations turned immediately away from Twitter and towards books – as though they were mutually exclusive.

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    I was reluctant to start on Twitter at first myself. Now several months later it's a natural part of my daily life. I've met a number of great people online who I have also connected with offline. I came to this post today by Mike via a Tweet he made. :) I've found web designers for projects. I've collaborated with idea generators. I've engaged in conversations that have been truly rewarding. I've kept up with friends in ways that have drawn us closer. All a result of Twitter. Like most things in life, you get out what you put in.
    My Twitter ID is http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker

    • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

      BTW… Mike, hope you are okay with it but I'd love for others to post their Twitter ID's too. I'd love to come back and follow others who are readers of your blog. It's nice to follow like minded people.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

        Absolutely. I love that idea!

  • Leon de Rijke

    These are good answers to the objections! Number 4 was my personal objection too. Now I compare Twitter to a birthday party: your living room is filled with people chatting. If you're self-centered on a birthday party, you'll be self-centered on Twitter too. However, if you spend whole night talking about others, you'll find yourself twittering about others too!

    By the way: the first link in objection 1 isn't working and 14 characters would be way too few for a Twitter message (see objection 10). :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Leon. I have fixed both problems.

  • Kyle L. Olund

    I Twitter, although I have to admit it's been a love/hate relationship for me. The problem, in my opinion, is–and this may only be a problem for me–most people who Twitter never respond to anyone else's Twitter, so although a number of people are following, how do you know who's actually reading?

    At least on Facebook, I usually get responses, which in turn create a dialogue. I've directly replied to Tweets ["d USERNAME" (no "@" symbol)], but usually my comment is where the "conversation" ends.

    Last week I followed our church's Twitter account for our high school camp, @crazylovecamp, and that was great because I could get updates, know what to pray for at given times, and celebrate what was going on.

    I still don't let just anyone follow me–I have to give approval–but I'll keep an open mind about that decision. But since my business and personal life seem to intertwine so much, I like controling that security. Thanks, Mike.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think if you remove the privacy setting, you'll have way more fun. It deters people from following you and entering into a conversation.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jbwagner Josh Wagner

    I've been on Twitter for a while, but only recently started to really use it. I used to think it was just kinda silly, but once I realized how to use Twitter, it's been great. I've found great sites, and connected with some great people. And in order to really use Twitter efficiently, you need a desktop app, like TweetDeck or Seesmic. Try a few, and you'll find one you like.

  • http://www.mandoron.com MandoRon

    Great post Michael! In regards to #1, it took me more than a month to decide that I like Twitter.

  • http://www.cjdarlington.blogspot.com C.J. Darlington

    "For all practical purposes, privacy is dead: get over it."

    I love this quote. So true. It's good to hear someone say it. But of course, I'm with you that there are ways to still be careful and yet give the allusion of telling all. :)

    • http://www.timothyfish.net Timothy Fish

      I don't think there's any allusion of people telling all. It has always been the case that people have recognized that there are some thing that shouldn't be told outside of one's close confidants. What has changed is that people now show their names online and the online community is safer for it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kimbontrager kimbontrager

    Thanks for a great post! I'm fairly certain I'll be referring a few people here to help them stop hyperventilating every time they think about jumping in the twitter pool.

    I've been on twitter for about a year and a half. There are relationships (both personal and professional) that I am able to maintain daily purely because of twitter, so there's no question that it has become valuable to me.

    I think there's an angle to objection #10 ("I don't know how to get started") that's worth mentioning. It is definitely easier to get started, and to 'get' it generally, if you jump into twitter with a group of people you are already connected to in some way. I was fortunate to be dragged? pushed? encouraged? to start twittering by Randy Elrod just before the re:create conference in 2008. This immediately linked me into an existing community of sorts. I can't imagine jumping into twitter blind, without some kind of community to begin following (and be followed by). Especially now that the entire twitter world has expanded so greatly.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think your comments are very true. This is why I got all my family on. Now almost everyone I connect to in real life is also on Twitter. It makes all of us feel even more connected.

  • http://leiacellaa23.blogspot.com Princess Leia

    My #1 reason for not Twittering (or updating my Facebook status more than once in a while) is that I just don't get why people care what I'm doing at any given time. And it's not just the over-sharing aspect (hey everyone! I just finished pumping breastmilk!) or that I think my life is boring (right now I'm sitting at home with my kids, one's playing with Duplo on the floor, the other's eating a cookie I made this morning – soon I'll get ready to go to pick up their babysitter and go to work where I am an actual rocket scientist – life would be hard-pressed to get any better than this). I just don't see why you care. I blog to update family and friends on what's going on in my life. Maybe it's a granularity thing – I don't mind posting updates about my life for public viewing…but not multiple times a day, maybe a few times a week.

    I'm sure that if I were to try it (like I did Facebook, thanks to friends who only put pictures of their newest baby on it rather than on their blogs), I'd eventually find things that I liked about it, but I just don't see the point in making my way up the learning curve to get into something that I'm just not interested in in the first place.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/221a0fbb57cc8223aed8e967ad78cd06?s=80 Mandy Singleton

    I just e-mailed this post to my family and all those friends that make fun of me constantly for using Twitter. Thank you for writing such a comprehensive and logical response to these objections!

    http://www.twitter.com/mandycsingleton

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome! I'm glad it was helpful.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    My big quandry with Twitter rests with my job. Our teachers union discourages teachers from using social media because of the new laws in our state. On Facebook, at least I can control who my friends are. However, I am seriously considering Twitter as soon as I get my blog up and running. I'm also thinking about setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts for my students to discuss and comment on what we are covering. Has anyone used the social media to support classroom activities? Does anyone think they would be good tools?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/JeffHolton Jeffrey Holton

      I have heard (from my Sunday School students) of high school teachers establishing Facebook groups to enhance assignments, announce and receive homework, provide assistance interactively outside of office hours, and allow the students to work collaboratively.

      That being said, the stick in the mud would be parents who absolutely refuse to allow their children to establish online presence. Honestly, that's probably the only category I've been uninterested in contradicting. I feel very uncomfortable telling parents they should be less restrictive, even if it's a restriction I wouldn't apply to my own children (someday, when they're older than 5 and 2).

      I have used Facebook in a way similar to what's described above for my high school Sunday School and for a college-age class I taught. So far, it's been dismal. Interaction and involvement were probably about 5% of the participation we had in class.

      I'd like to see it grow. As long as the Internet is saturated with bad information and our kids are out there on the Internet, we need to contribute to saturating it with good information! Displacement works!

      That's why I comment on this blog. :)

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

        Thanks! I'll admit I was a stick in the mud concerning the internet with our older children back in the 1990's. By the time our youngest two were in high school, I had discovered the web to be a great tool. In fact, I did my Master's degree online and had a wonderful experience with it. I felt like I learned more in that program than I would have in a classroom setting.

        The lack of student participation would definitely be a problem. I'll think about ways to make it be a student-generated concept rather than a teacher-generated one. Also, most of my students already have online lives and they might balk at adding another one with their teacher.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    After reading about your robot followers on Facebook, I googled the term–your message was the second entry–and found out a lot of the bots are porn. I guess I am going to hold off on Twitter until that is worked out. I do not want to be connected to porn in any way, shape, or fashion.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You can block them individually if necessary. You will also get an email every time you get a new follower, so that you can vet them.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/JeffHolton Jeffrey Holton

      Mind if I respond? (Actually, that's a question for Michael. But since he lacks telepathy, I'll just jump in.)

      I understand your concern. But the key is in your word "connected."

      I've found that vigilant monitoring and an active commitment to managing followers is an effective antidote to the pornbots. We can remain powerfully DISconnected.

      Certain unscrupulous themes on the Internet are unfortunately somewhat unavoidable. But do we cease driving a car because we might get into an accident? Do we refuse to undertake a task because we might make a mistake? Do we decline a new food because it might not taste good? (Ok, don't ask that last question of two-year-olds.)

      I've chosen to respond to unwanted incoming requests not merely by passively ignoring them, but by actively rejecting them. It preserves–and perhaps enhances–my reputation.

      For those who are already using Twitter (which I've been doing for about ten weeks), I wrote some hints and suggestions for managing this.

      See http://jeffholton.com/managing_twitter

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

        Thanks for responding, Jeff. Good answer.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

        If it wasn't for the caution urged upon teachers in our state, I would probably be jumping right in. As I see it, public education is not keeping up with technology–for example, we are still teaching English based on reading novels and short stories (so last century!). Our students need to know how to read nonfiction and communicate through writing and speaking. Of course, our students are way ahead of us with the social media, but they are lagging in fluency in reading and writing. (Slighty off topic, but still important. My students hold the future of book publishing in their hands. We need them to be fluent readers and writers.)

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/kristicw kristicw

        For a while I just ignored those incoming bots – hey, they make my follower number go up, right?? [vanity, vanity...] But after perusing my followers & following lists one day, I began taking the simple step of blocking these users. It is only when a bunch of people block a user that Twitter investigates & potential removes those users.

  • http://www.yourgifttome.net BonnieBLatino

    One of the things that amazes me about Twitter is this: My husband's office adjoins mine, easily within speaking distance. Yet, I learn more about his plans for the day (and sometimes his mood) via Twitter. He thought I was crazy when I joined Twitter. He now Tweets more often than I.

    Through the Hyatt family blogs, I have become acutely, personally, aware of the orphans in Africa, particularly in Uganda and Ethiopia. I was already working to help families in Kenya buy cows, but the Hyatt's blogs were so intensely personal, I couldn't help but be significantly touched.

    We all know the part Twitter played in the recent uprising in Iran . . . Twitter is making the global community far more personal, more real.

    Via Twitter, as a writer I have also found a wealth of information of which I was previously unaware — even though I've been heavily "online" since 1995 and have attended numerous writers conferences all over the U.S.

    My Twitter name is the same as my Username here: BonnieB.Latino. I would love to hear from other subscribers to this blog.

    ~ Bon

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for this comment. I think it actually illustrates what I was trying to get across in my post better than the post itself!

  • http://twitter.com/johnwmartin John Martin

    My response to the question of why I Twitter is summed up well in this quote from Jack and and Suzy Welch's BusinessWeek Column:

    "Twitter, in essence, allows you to attend a great big cocktail party filled with diverse and (typically) civilized chatter. Some of what you hear and say will be frivolous. But the chatter will also provoke, inform, and engage you in a way, and at a volume, you can’t replicate offline."

    Source: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_2

  • http://www.EveryDayPR.net susan hart

    I went kicking and screaming into the land of cyberspace as I'm all about human interaction, relationships, eye-to-eye contact. Now I'm one of its biggest fans. A Twitter trial is a perfect suggestion to skeptics. If you understand Twitter (and if I can, anybody can), then you can use it to your professional advantage whether you're promoting a business or cause. Thanks for leading the way, MIchale.

  • Shannon Olson

    Thanks for the great post – I too will email/rt it to many of my friends. I saw a huge benefit of twitter when I wasn't able to go to the ORANGE conference and several of my friends went. I followed the Hashtag #ORANGE09 and I actually learned a lot of things my friends didn't because I could follow such a wide range of people minute to minute. I started sending out tweets myself the next week when I went to #DRIVE09 because I wanted to share with people who could not be there. I felt compelled to share because I had appreciated what I had received the week before. I also love learning new things and I have a wide variety of interests. Twitter helps me keep up on a lot in a quick and easy way. I love it! Thank you for using your twitter updates and your blog to teach the rookies of the world (aka me – @Shannon_Olson). I've learned a lot from you and the others that I follow.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gabetaviano GodsMac

    Great info on the "protection of privacy"! I couldn't agree more with you on that one. I think the GPS / location sharing can be a bit much, but I don't get those that worry about someone hearing their name and being able to find them.

    You've got my respect for being as open as you are, and it's awesome to see what being so open can do to make this world a better place.

  • http://briccetti.blogspot.com/ Dave Briccetti

    Not keen on people I follow on both Twitter and Facebook who sent the same statuses to both. I hate seeing the same things twice.

  • http://terripatrick.wordpress.com/ terri patrick

    I feel Twitter is delightful and the only reason I don't Tweet right now is because I have no need. Next year, what it has become then, will be wonderful to use. I see Twitter as a marketing/connection tool that I personally don't need right now but will use in the future,

    I have no objections to Twitter, it's just my personal choice not to bother with it at the moment. I have no objection to using my vacuum either, just not everyday, or all day.

  • Mary

    I don’t use it and my objection is that it feels like too much “noise” – I don’t mind investing time in worthwhile endeavors but I’m wary of things that suck up my time. Twitter seems like one of those.

  • http://www.timothyfish.net Timothy Fish

    I use it, but as of late I haven't been using it that much. I tend to like Facebook better because I can leave a comment several days later and the person isn't left going "Huh?"

    My posts would be much more interesting if it were appropriate to talk about the stuff that I actually do.

    http://www.twitter.com/TheTimothyFish

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kristicw kristicw

    I'm glad you added #1 – when I took the poll I felt like this one was missing.

    For me, part of the challenge is that I don't have a good sales pitch regarding Twitter. When I feebly try to explain it, I get dead-pan expressions in return. "You just have to try it!" doesn't seem to suffice either!

    I recently told my husband that "Twitter is my love language"! As another commenter mentioned, I love knowing what my husband is doing or listening to or thinking about when he's at work or just in the other room. And countless times my girlfriends and I been able to come to each other's rescue because of a Twitter post (e.g. "I really need some chocolate" or "I will not be receiving the Mom of the Day award."). It enhances my prayer life as I receive little reminders all day of what is happening around the world. In that sense, it has helped me become less self-centered, rather than more.

  • http://lynnrush.wordpress.com/ LynnRush

    Oh, great post! I love Twitter and FaceBook. I like FaceBook a little more, for reasons Timothy mentioned.

    I've met so many fantastic people through FB/Twitter–writers and non-writers a like. Tweetdeck has really helped me get organized on Twitter too..so that's cool.

    I've enjoyed everyone's comments..thanks for sharing!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/John_Gallagher John_Gallagher

    If you speak with my wife, she really claims # 8 for Facebook, and don't even mention Twitter. I have been attempting to explain to the GenX-er's that the Facebook/Twitter generation actually feel that social media actually feels more personal than a phone call to some folks and that text messaging for a teen is very personal…Ulitmately, it's difficult to overcome several of these with those who simply don't want to change…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

      Texting sure is personal–my youngest two daughters would rather receive texts from me than calls. I think the benefit of writing down your thoughts in "textese" is that you can edit it if your want to. Personally, I find that I am talking to people through blogging and soon to-be twittering whom I probably would not get a chance to talk to in person. It brings a tremendous freedom in knowing there are places online where I can share my thoughts without someone condemning me or making fun of me.

    • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

      Texting sure is personal–my youngest two daughters would rather receive texts from me than calls. I think the benefit of writing down your thoughts in "textese" is that you can edit it if you want to. Personally, I find that I am talking to people through blogging and soon to-be twittering–people with whom I probably would not get a chance to talk to in person. It brings a tremendous freedom in knowing there are places online where I can share my thoughts without someone condemning me or making fun of me.

  • pritchett4

    Great post. I plan to forward link to folks who have the big questions about Twitter. I think a word of caution on the security part. It is true that there is much in cyberworld that is known, but there are still some unknowns. For example, I don't plan to twitter I will be gone from my house for vacation. I might twitter that when I get back that I have been on vacation. But seems to me that that can become an invitation to burglary — "I'm gone, have at it." I wonder too about cautions we set up as parents with our children about giving out personal information and if these wouldn't apply here as well. So aren't there some safeguards that we ought to keep in place as well? If so, what are they? Perhaps a topic for another day.

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com Lawrence Wilson

    #4 Is the most common I hear, and my answer is essentially the same as yours.

    "You are what you tweet."

    Good for all of us to remember. Twitter is a mic connected to a very large amp.

    @lawrencewilson

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    Am I making progress or not? I've posted my first blog article at http://www.godsabsolutelove.com and now have a Twitter account http://www.twitter.com/patriciazell –I'm moving on up.

    • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      This is a great first step in the right direction. Very good first post. Stay with it!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

        Thanks for your encouragement! I just wish I understood some more of the technical ins and outs of setting up my blog. Or, maybe God will bless me with a website designer. Either way, I hope to write and write. What a wonderful opportunity to share God's goodness!

  • http://ReneeTheBookAngel.com Renee, TheBookAngel

    As one who participated in your survey – Thank You for this post. I'll be referring people to it—clients, FB friends. and any non-Twitter user.

    I interviewed @JohnKremer and @WarrenWhitlock a day apart. Both were singing the praises of Twitter. Of course Warren would, he wrote the book Twitter Revolution. It was John, early 60s in age, who inspired me to join. The first day or two I connected with @AlohaArleen who I met in person five days later when she came to the Big Island. To meet her and hear her talk about the power of influence, being authentic, and having fun was the confirmation I was looking for.

    A good friend, @SoundAlchemy is mid-60s. I was pleasantly surprised that she jumped on Twitter a couple of days after hearing me talk about it. She's met the coolest people and her business – thus influence – is growing. All because of Twitter connections.

    I especially like what you said about privacy. "You might as well intelligently feed the Google search engines with what you want people to know about you. You need to be smart about it, but you are in control." Thank you!!

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/matthewdbenson matthewdbenson

    Lots of great comments here (in your blog, and the comments).

    I tweet, but have only done so far a few weeks or so now, and still contemplate what it means for me.

    In real life we project an image of ourselves that we believe is appropriate – especially at work, but often with friends, and sometimes even to loved ones (sadly). I don't mean that we all go around lying, but we do selectively share different information with different people. It's natural.

    When I tweet I tend to openly tweet what comes to mind, without any 'disguise' (but I still apply caution and common sense, not to offend, breach confidentiality, etc.). In theory, anyone online can read my tweets. This creates a potential contrast, to 'real life' social circles/tribes, which I haven't yet fully got to grips with. The same goes for my embryonic blog (http://matthewbenson.wordpress.com/).

  • Carolyn

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the expense. The main reason I don't use Twitter is because each text message on my phone costs $0.20. And if I'm at my computer, I might as well just check or update Facebook (since most tweets also appear as status updates, and I have far more friends on FB than Twitter). It may seem antiquated not to have a texting package in my phone plan, but I haven't found it important yet.

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  • Deb

    I quit Twittering because I found my Tweets on other sites that gather Tweets for their own use! Also someone Tweeted me that they wanted beat me up (though they used foul language) when I said I was happy about who won American Idol! Both of those experiences freaked me out enough to leave it for now.

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  • Steve

    My biggest concerN is the short message length. I think this creates a Bias toward short superficial thoughts suited to people with short attention spans – and as a trend it will encourage reading attention spans to become shorter. For Myself, if I think something's worth saying, it's worth fleshing out into a paragraph or two. If it's not worthy of that much effort, then there's not much point sharing it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You could put that into fewer word. ;-)

    • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You could put that into fewer words. ;-)

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  • http://www.jamiemiles.com Jamie

    So happy I read number 8. "Privacy is dead: get over it." Now I can get on with my life in the digital age. Am laughing but tend to laugh at things that scare me.

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  • Dan Hardaway

    I originally started tweeting with a group of friends to communicate prayer request with each other while we were raising funds. When it moved to “I had an Asian chicken salad for lunch” I stopped following them. I find most of yours very helpful and several have been forwarded to friends.

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  • Spameattter

    Twitter could become a bad distraction taking an individual’s focus away from important things, like work, due to everything from the porn industry to holy roller industry right in front of a frustrated student or businessman. tweet with prostitutes or tweet with an elusive business mark? I’d rather tweet with an elusive business mark , but an employee will be tweeting with a prostitute when the coast is clear(proxy explosion ?)

  • Lou

    Privacy is not dead, privacy is a choice and we all have a god given and legal right to privacy. An individual’s privacy is something that decent people would never exploit and at the same time claim to have a place in heaven…. If you believe differently, perhaps you’re in the dark and don’t even know it?

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  • http://twitter.com/DenboTaylor Dennis Taylor

    I’ve had so many friends set up on Twitter but because they aren’t followed by 300,000 people instantly then they suddenly “Don’t get it”. I love to here your comments on my lastest post “What is Twitter?”: http://www.taylormadesocialmedia.com/2011/07/what-is-twitter.html

  • http://www.foodandwinechickie.com/ Veronique Deblois

    I hear these exact objections all the time, but the folks I’ve converted to Twitter have built solid relationships, much as i have (@foodwinechickie – my food and wine handle and @travelv – my travel handle).
    Thanks for helping me add to my arsenal of “whys”! 

  • Laurie

    I’ve never really had a desire to use Twitter, plain and simple . I set up an account several months ago to test the waters and we just didn’t click. Probably the biggest drawback for me is that it’s too overwhelming. I get distracted and overwhelmed by the amount of links and things to read on Facebook, blogs, and my email. I can’t handle any more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ekimbro1 Eric Kimbro

    My favorite is number #8.

  • http://YourStressMatters.com Dr. Rae

    Reading “The Tao of Twitter” by Mark W. Schaefer changed my objections http://tinyurl.com/4kkken3

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  • Geoffwthorpe

    Tried it for a few weeks as suggested and it’s not for me. The few mildly interesting tweets are buried in the dross and the info is available elsewhere. That includes the ones relating to my hobbies and interests.
    My objections (4, 6, 7 and 8 above, plus some others) have been confirmed by my experience. (Incidentally, privacy isn’t dead and must be fought for tooth and nail)
    “Friends” aren’t interested in when I drink coffee or go to the pub. Those are stalkers!

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