Followup: Twitter, Narcissism Debate

Today, while reading Lifehacker, I came across a post on the uses of Twitter, as well as a few notes on the narcissism claim. After the tremendous response I’ve gotten from the post a few days ago, I thought I’d post a link to the article and several intersting quotes.

Discounting Twitter altogether because you think it’s ridiculous that people tweet about what they had for breakfast is like claiming that email is useless because of forward chains. It’s a mistake, and you’d be missing out on a great tool if you let that put you off Twitter completely.

Virtually every company has a Twitter account these days, which means if there’s a product you really care about, following them on Twitter is often the easiest way to stay up to date with the latest developments. But more often than not (in the context of Twitter, at least), the thing we care about most is ourselves. We’ve already shown you how to create an ego search to monitor what’s being said about you on the web, but now Twitter is another must-use tool for getting your ego fix. Still, even if you’re not an ego-maniac, surely there’s something that you care about that you could monitor on Twitter. Do yourself a favor and download one of the free desktop Twitter clients to help you create persistent Twitter searches so you can keep track of whatever your want without always hitting up the main Twitter search page. We’d recommend checking out TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop.

There area many other interesting points and uses in the post, so instead of listing them all here, I’ll just send you to it. Keep in mind that, as said above, while Twitter definitely appeals to the narcissism in people, it can be used effectively to great success.

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