Admittedly, I'm new to Twitter.  I've never read a Tweet.  My friends don't Tweet.  I just never seemed to need it.  But finally I got an account to see what the hype is all about.  Followed a few people, tweeted a few tweets and got some people to follow me.  But here are my first impressions (emphasize "impressions")...

1.  Everyone seems to be talking...but is anyone listening?  And IF someone is listening...who are they? 

2.  Generation thing?  Perhaps I'm just showing my age.  Are the tweens, aka millennials hooked on Twitter?  Consuming every bit of information?  

3.  Majority of Twitter account holders are from companies and organizations. They follow and are followed by other companies and organizations.  Are there ANY individual-individual communications?  I would argue that Facebook is the way to communicate with your friends better than Twitter.  A simple status update does the same thing as Twitter and you don't need to maintain two different lists of friends.  It's redundant.   

4.  FAKE!  I seriously doubt that Oprah Tweets.  She probably has a team of Tweeters.  Which is pretty lame. 

5.  SPAM!  My first day on Twitter and I already had a few followers.  But then I looked at their URL..."http://www.blah".  Nice. 

6.  Number of followers.  A badge of honor.  But it turns out that the best way to get followers is to follow other people who in turn (usually) follow you.  Unless of course you are a celebrity, people will automatically follow you, one could continue to follow people all day and raise their stats.  But what good is that?

I'm sure someone, somewhere has measured the impact of Twitter.  Like anything, it depends on how you use it.  If there is no measurable impact, then we're all just wasting our time.  But fortunately, unlike the real ocean garbage patch, Tweets don't harm the environment.  I blindly jumped on the bandwagon and will continue to ride it out until maybe I can answer some of these questions.  But as they say, perception IS truth.   

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