– v. (used without object) 1. to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.
Twitter is the latest popular social phonomenon. In “Are you a Twit if you don’t want to Twitter?” Martha Irvine argues that while twitter is the latest social phonomenon, perhaps there is a social networking fatigue developing; she sources several people who are willing to admit they are less than fans. However, according to “Twitter Traffic Surging” on USA Today’s site: “Worldwide visitors neared 10 million in February, up more than 700 percent in a year. In the U.S., Twitter hit 4 million visitors — up more than 1,000 percent from a year ago.” – and the demographic using the site is older than that traditionally drawn to social web tools. The article quotes comScore: “More specifically, 45-54 year olds are 36 percent more likely than average to visit Twitter, making them the highest indexing age group, followed by 25-34 year olds, who are 30 percent more likely.”
Both articles look at Twitter in some ways compared to Facebook, which was quickly adopted by the college age group (although neither mention that Facebook was also specifically targeted at first to this group). Irvine proposes it as a way to peek into your friends lives, being given minute-to-minute updates on what they are doing. In that people (especially in the 25-34 year old age group) are ‘fatigued’ and are not looking for yet another way to do this, I agree with Irvine. They already have a site that serves these needs. Why look at and learn to use another?
My own use of Twitter is very different from that mentioned by Irvine, however. (more…)