The Dangers of TWITTER: Are You an Addict?
As a mature tech user, and a “newbie” to TWITTER, I had some initial fears about this form of social media when I first tried it out 3 weeks ago. I knew from speaking with others, the service only allows 140 characters per “tweet”. Unlike Facebook where you can blather on ad nauseam, Twitter puts the brakes on early. For those, like me, who tend to be rather descriptive in their writing habits (ok, verbose), that certainly cramps my style. Still I suppose if your plan is to communicate, you may as well get to the point. Once I’d filled in the requisite information I thought I was ready to tweet like a canary. Ah, but that’s just the beginning. In order to get any action from your tweets, you need to get busy joining like-minded groups and become a follower. But more than that, you need to check the status of your tweets often.How often? That depends. I guess if you’re really into this social network, you’ll be checking back every five minutes of so. For some people it becomes an addiction. According to Darren Rovell a reporter with
CNBC Sports, it’s more prevalent than you think:
Addicted to Twitter