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10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular

I was pondering today why the social networking site Twitter is so incredibly popular. So I thought I would Google it and read what others are saying about Twitter. Surprisingly I couldn’t find much out there so I wrote down some thoughts and it wasn’t long before I came up with the following reasons for Twitter’s popularity.

Everyone seems to love lists so here are my 10 reasons why I think Twitter is so popular. Warning: While you’re reading please keep in mind my tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and don’t take everything I say too literally (*_*).

Here we go … Twitter is popular because:

  1. Twitter is so darned easy to use - period. No further explanation is required.
  2. It’s a lot easier to get Twitter followers than it is to get Blog newsfeed subscribers.
  3. Twitter is a complete no-brainer. Absolutely no technical know-how is needed. Just open an account and start tweeting.
  4. It’s an excuse for being a bad writer. Because of Twitter’s 140 character limitation you can be excused for bad judgement grammar and abusing abbreviations.
  5. Twitter makes you feel like you are a part of something greater than yourself. You never have to feel alone again.
  6. For the ‘always-connected’ generation Twitter keeps you in contact with all of your ‘friends’ no matter where you are. When you are mobile and on-the-go it’s like a free conference text-messaging service in your cell phone.
  7. Having lots of so-called Twitter “friends” makes you feel you are popular. How else can you make a lot of friends as quickly? Where else can you find an audience interested in what you ate for dinner and threw up later?
  8. Is there a better way to keep in touch with your favorite celebrities? Twitter is an instant social fan club. You can write to them and they (or their entourage) might respond. You can almost reach out and touch them. Do you feel the love?
  9. Similarly, if you follow your favorite a-lister they will probably reciprocate and follow you back. Wow! Is Scoble really listening?
  10. Twitter is a great way to pretend being someone’s friend so you can sell them something later. Backdoor marketing for the new media age. ;-)

Perhaps you have your own reasons for Twitter’s popularity. Did I miss anything?

Written July 2nd, 2009 by | 232 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Social Media Tips, Twitter Tips , ,

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232 Responses to “10 Reasons Why Twitter Is So Popular”

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    Spunky Jones SEO Says:

    I use Twitter, however I have mixed thoughts about it. Most people chase the numbers, and there is a limit of how many people you can actually follow and keep up with.

    I tend to follow, only people who are in my niche and interests and hobbies. I spend a lot of time weeding out the spammers, and the people who never return comments back to me.

    I do see some traffic from posting my tweets on Twitter, however I do not see much of people responding to my tweets. I believe that is due too the fact that people have too many followers and can’t keep up.

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    Ramarajan V Says:

    “Because of Twitter’s 140 character limitation you can be excused for bad judgement grammar and abusing abbreviations.”

    Well Said BB. I liked that point very much.

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    Jolechrist Says:

    My long day of doubt is cleared now after reading your post. Yes, according to your reasons Twitter is tops among all social sites. Good.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    @Spunky Jones SEO, spam is indeed becoming a serious problem with Twitter. Like anything out there it’s not long before they show up and ruin it for everybody. I also see traffic coming from Twitter and some of them end up subscribing to my newsfeed as well. So for me the positive far outweighs any negatives. I’ve mentioned before that it is a sociological fact that there is a limited number of ‘friends’ that we can actually engage , so I agree the numbers game is just an ego thing and nothing more. We shouldn’t get caught up in accumulating a lot of followers and unfortunately it’s a few a-listers who encourage such a juvenile mentality.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    @Ramarajan V, thanks my friend. I liked it when I thought of it too ;-)

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    @Jolechrist … thanks!

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    Smart Boy Says:

    The point is - Twitter is simple - and allows everyone to feel important, like a rock star. There’s something to be said for being recognized - and its human nature to be wanted and popular.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    @Smart Boy, very true…

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    Jay Says:

    twitter a great invention and they changed their look recently and i think google do not like twitter if some one try to search twitter on google then it gives wrong information regarding twitter thats the key …. Twitter is rely growing fast…

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    BLOGBloke Says:

    awesome site brotha http://bit.ly/1pXPfp

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