Monday, August 24, 2009

Why do I continue to Tweet: My Experiences on Twitter

by Erik Manassy

I have many friends and family ask me constantly why I use Twitter. They usually start by saying, "I don't get it", and "Why are you CONSTANTLY Tweeting?" in a mocking tone. I then encourage them to view this video, Twitter explained in Plain English and then to get an account. I would say that about half the people get it immediately and then the rest finally come around after experimenting.


Once Twitter hit the tipping point this year, you couldn't go anywhere or watch any show without the term "Twitter" being mentioned and then more people starting to come around to me again.


I've had a Twitter account since November 2006. I think I was number 13,000-ish to sign up, and I'll be the first to admit that I didn't get it at first either. I disappeared for a year and then gave it a shot again. I'm glad I did.


I personally have had some exciting things happen because of Twitter:

The next bullet just happened tonight. I revealed the new Jersey I purchased for my favorite team, the New York Jets. Big deal you say, but the responses were surprising to me. I started earlier in the week teasing people saying I bought a new Jersey and asked them to guess the number. I then posted more teasers on twitter until people kept asking me when I was going to reveal the number. I was waiting until I got the actual jersey so I could post it on Twitpic and the tweet about it, which I did.


I got a lot of responses immediately most saying they KNEW that I would select the #25 Kerry Rhodes Jersey. What is cool is, the player himself, @kerryrhodes, tweeted me within seconds of my post telling me I made the right choice! Only on Twitter could something like that happen.


6 comments:

Geoff Brown said...

This is awesome. It's the fan equivalent of being heard amongst the tens of thousands of people screaming from the stands. They guys you're supporting are actually hearing (reading) your words and responding back to you.

Sports and the act of fan participation is going to see such a revolution with these new tools. I can't wait to participate!

e Man said...

Thanks Geoff. It is really fun to interact with players from you favorite team.

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