OK - I am on Facebook because most of my wife’s family and social network (parents from kid’s school etc) are and I don’t want to ask her every time they have something to say. I am on WhatsApp because my extended family is.
As a fairly old guy (compared to you young ones), is there a reason I need to be on Twitter as well? Am I missing something not available through FB, WhatsApp, news from the Internet and TV, etc?
Twitter is great for news and information. I follow close to 1,500 people that are all finance/business/sports/people that I am interested in following. I do not use it for friend updates (use FB and Instagram for that). Love twitter and it is great for watching TV as well as interacting with shows/sports commentators etc.
In my case, I remove people who don’t post useful information the majority of the time. So it’s more of a pot luck of interesting stuff. May be demographic data from Pew, evidence of market manipulation, or what color is that darn dress.
It is impossible to follow 1,500 poeple as you point out, but usually as I scroll through my twitter feed I find something worth reading or something worth retweeting. It is a great way to get information.
Twitter’s useful as an information collage. You can organize the news sources and people you want to hear from with the List function. Its a very good way to keep up with recent news. I don’t use it as a social tool anymore.