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Twitter: Why do we use it?

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I’ve been a member of Twitter for quite a while now – long enough to manage 1,788 tweets.

My tweets mainly consist of random blurts of useless information, how I’m feeling, what I’m up to etcetc. However I like to use Twitter to share interesting links, news and blogs.

The famous Twitter 'fail whale'

My following list is at 140… I try to keep it fairly low so I can actually keep up (I always have at least 5 new tweets every couple of minutes ÜberTwitter refreshes on the BlackBerry! – It can be fairly time consuming to go get up-to-date when I haven’t checked it for a few hours!)

The list of those I follow consists of friends, randomers – around Bournemouth and elsewhere, celebrities, big bloggers and a fair few within the marketing, PR and social media industries.

I think I’d say my own main use of Twitter is to keep up with current affairs, general news but mainly within the media world – the world in which I’m aiming for a career.

Web Surfery

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Let’s start this thing off.

I’m a student, therefore I spend a lot of time aimlessly surfing the web.

The internet is huge, but I always find myself on the same sites time and time again.

I know I’m not alone when I say that my browsing history is filled by Facebook. I’m no sure I’d say it’s the most entertaining site, although it’s definitely where I spend most of my time! It’s a simple communication tool, a good way of keeping up to date with friends’ news, and great for just being nosey!

I’ve recently got myself stuck into Twitter, I feel that it’s such a good way of networking, and becoming an active part of the social media world. I have already found myself some contacts from the world of PR and social media, which may come in handy when it comes to finding a career after Uni! I also love getting real time news feeds from Twitter, mainly from Bournemouth Echo and the BBC.

Real news can be boring. When I feel the world needs spicing up a bit, I visit The Onion. A satire news site featuring articles on real and not-so-real events – never failing to produce a few laughs. I also get updates by following them on Twitter.

Currently living in a house which only receives 4 fuzzy analogue channels, TVCatchup is a little bit of a life saver! How else would I keep up to date with useless daytime TV shows and my daily dose of Deal or No Deal!? Finding this site saved me from the withdrawal symptoms I experienced when I realised there I had no e4!

Last but definitely not least – Google! I really don’t know where I’d be without it, whether it’s work related searches or just to find an answer to a random thought that pops in my head throughout the day. Now that I have myself a BlackBerry means that I’m constantly ‘Googling’ pretty much everything.