In a recent dinner conversation, I was chatting with a friend of a friend about social media. She asked what networks I’m active on, and since I work in the field my answer was lengthy.
She responded that she’s engaged on Facebook, Quora and Pinterest – but has no interest in Twitter. When I asked her why not, she said she has enough access to information like what people ate for lunch and how their Caribbean vacation was and didn’t need another network to that end.
When I explained that I use Twitter for purely professional and informational purposes – keeping up with news in real time, tracking trends, reading interesting articles, and cultivating relationships – she was surprised, and shared that she’d like to try that out. I was equally surprised at her impression of Twitter in the first place.
The information you consume on Twitter is a product of the people you follow, so the content flow is completely controlled by you. That said, my conversation with this potential new Twitter user was a good reminder to be constantly conscious of the tweets you’re contributing to the firehose.