Of all the social media platforms, I spend more time on Twitter than others. I rarely use Facebook. I use Instagram occasionally. But I look at Twitter every day. It’s my way of keeping up with current events. By seeing what’s “trending,” I learn about earthquakes, elections and breaking news. I also look up how my sports teams are doing and can find out almost instantly if they are winning.
I follow a few writers and other people I like on Twitter. I never comment or get involved in the many Twitter feed fights. My WordPress shares my blog posts automatically to Twitter and I get a few readers that way. When I wrote for SwimSwam weekly, I’d retweet my stories they tweeted as well as other ones that caught my interest — like my daughter’s college swim team results.
In a short snippet from Investor Business Daily (IBD) on their To The Point page, under the Trends column I read:
Tweeting to the Converted
Most Americans do not use Twitter, and of those who do, a minority of active users produce nearly all the tweets, a new study finds. A quarter of U.S. adults use Twitter, and among users, the most active 25% produced 97% of all tweets, a study from Pew Research Center finds, confirming similar findings in 2019. Among highly active users, most tweets are either retweets (49% of the total) or replies (33%), with original tweets just 14% of all posts…IBD A2 To The Point, Week of November 22, 2021
I would have added a link, but this newspaper is one of our old-fashioned paper types that lands on our driveway.
My takeaway from the article above is that people who take Twitter as a pulse of the nation shouldn’t. It’s a tiny slice of the pie and most likely doesn’t reflect anything more than the opinion of a very vocal few.
What is your favorite social media platform? Do you use Twitter to follow news, sports or current events or are you hands off?
I still mainly use Facebook because I get more interaction there.
I am like you. I use Twitter for sports and other general news. I rarely tweet
I find Twitter to be helpful that way.
WordPress. I’ve been monitoring my online activity (quasi research for a future post) I average 5 minutes a day on insta and 3 minutes on Facebook. I don’t use any other platform, unless goodreads counts
That’s about what I average on those two. I check in and check out. I spend a lot more time on Twitter. Of course I like WordPress too.
Don’t even have a Twitter account
I, too, use Twitter for news. I no longer have a Facebook account, and I only spend a few minutes on Instagram once a day. I only recently discovered that a blog is a type of social media. That’s where I spend most of my time, reading other people’s blogs.
I didn’t think about blogs being social media until LA said WordPress is her favorite. Today I learned something new from my blogging friends.
This answers a TON of questions. The media loves twitter, so they lean to twitter crowds, not realizing that they other 95% of America feels different.
Exactly! It’s eyeopening.
I mostly use Facebook and Instagram. I don’t have a Twitter. The kids told me I didn’t need to do that. I use them for business reasons and to get a quick update on friends.
That’s a good way for you to promote your business. I think Twitter is great for checking on current events, fires, earthquakes etc. You can scroll through the headlines in a few minutes and be up to date.