The “Twitter is Narcissistic” Refute

I am sick of hearing that I am a narcissist for using Twitter. Sick of it. Therefore, in a few points, I’d like to explain what the purpose of Twitter is, why I like it, and why I don’t consider it to be narcissistic.

First, let’s look at the purpose of Twitter, as stated on their “About Us” page.

“People are eager to connect with other people and Twitter makes that simple…the simple idea of being able to know what his friends were doing”

Ok, so Twitter was built to help friends and colleagues stay connected.

Now let me explain why I find Twitter so appealing.

First, it lets me update blog readers, friends, family, and fellow geeks around the world about posts, ideas and questions I might have, etc. Basically, it’s a community of mini-bloggers, who link to interesting outside articles, share news tidbits, and yes, funny things that have happened to them.

I also like Twitter because, as a news source, I can choose what to read. Personally, I like tweets about technology and sports, so I can follow people who tend to tweet about those things. If I’m getting too many tweets from someone, or I don’t like their style, I can unfollow or block them.

Next reason – where else can I get an inside look at Bob Parsons (CEO of GoDaddy), Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook), and the like? One of the keys to success is surrounding yourself with smart, successful people. Until I can invite Mr. Parsons out to Columbia for a round of golf, this is the best I can do.

Lastly, I enjoy reading the tweets – both from famous and non-famous people alike. Today, for example, I learned that Wal-Mart makes $12,011.64 every second. The other day I learned how stressed by cousins were due to the 7 Easter performances they were putting on at church. I was notified a few seconds ago about some podcasts I have been waiting on that are finally available. These are all reasons that I tweet. I also get tweets of the outcomes of all the South Carolina sports teams.

In short, Twitter is like any other service – it can be abused. Sure, there are people who tweet while they eat, but I don’t follow them. Use it first, then critique it. I think you’ll find it’s no more narcissistic than Facebook, MySpace, or one of the millions of blogs out there.

Because when it gets down to it, that’s what it is. An interactive, fast-paced, humorously enlightening blog.

And that is why I tweet.

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