5. Sounds like rubbishFair enough.
People are usually skeptical of the unknown.
Fear of not knowing how to tweet or using social media is what commonly drives this sentiment.
If people are mildly curious a simple demonstration can help overcome that fear.
A common first tweet made by those who venture on to Twitter is "so I've set up Twitter - I have no idea what to do".
4. Isn't it for Young People?The latest statistics (it's hard to keep up) indicate over 50% of Twitter users are aged over 35 years old. So what is your definition of old?
I think because Twitter is relatively new to the general population, people assume it is for teenagers.
Early adopters of Twitter were aged over 35.
Teenagers and 20 somethings are quickly jumping on board in huge numbers and are the highest growth market. However there is no age limit to using and enjoying Twitter.
3. I'm already on Facebook, what's so good about Twitter?Conversations on Facebook are usually confined to those in your immediate friend and family network. Interspersed with messages from businesses you may have indicated interest in (or not). Many people complain about receiving too much information about peoples lives on Facebook.
Twitter presents a much broader conversation, depending on who you follow, you can eavesdrop or participate as you wish on a range of topics often going on simultaneously. It can be as personal or professional as you wish.
Twitter is also fast. News updates and personal comments don't sit on your page languishing; waiting for people to 'like' them.
2. Isn't it just people talking about what they ate for lunch?Honestly if that is the only thing people talked about on Twitter do you think that over 500million would stick around to read it?
The conversations on twitter are as diverse and interesting as you can imagine. You can follow politicians, chefs, business experts, mums, sports fanatics, artists, comedians. You choose what you are interested in and search for Twitter accounts run by those people or follow #hashtags for events covering those topics.
It's like curating your own magazine of special interests. It is information and entertainment rolled into one.
Top conversations over the past year include - The Olympics 2012, The USA election, Super storm Sandy and Justin Bieber (ok so don't follow the Beebs or his millions of fans if you don't want to read that)
Joining twitter streams about television shows as they air can be very humorous or maybe you want to gripe about the new layout of The Age newspaper.
You might find that you are learning things of great interest and far more quickly than you would from traditional media such as newspapers or magazines.
1. I haven't got Time to Tweet.
This is the number one reason I hear for not having a Twitter account.Even though Twitter never stops, it doesn't mean you have to be reading your stream all the time.
Choose times that best suit you.
Are you already checking your email and facebook on your mobile phone before you get out of bed? Chances are Twitter will take over as first port of call if you start an account.
As for the rest of the time - opportunities arise all through the day, waiting for a lift or a friend late to lunch; at the hairdressers; watching TV and commuting on public transport is a great time to go online.
If you want to Tweet for your business, you may need to set a time each day to ensure you maintain your profile and engage with your community, but the amount of time can be as little as 15min.
Warning: Twitter can be a little addictive so you may find that time you didn't have, suddenly becomes available!
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