Young adults aren't using Twitter enough: should they?

Young adults aren't using Twitter enough: should they?

Summary: I've been slowly warming to Twitter over the last few months. I've bombed it before and struggled with it ever since, but with my new knowledge of hashtags and the search function, it's getting easier and faster to find real-time updates on events which are happening.

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I've been slowly warming to Twitter over the last few months. I've bombed it before and struggled with it ever since, but with my new knowledge of hashtags and the search function, it's getting easier and faster to find real-time updates on events which are happening.

As much as it is a social media tool and not a knowledge bank, I still haven't become too accustomed to adding people as much as others have.

But should students be using Twitter as much as the average user? I still don't really see a need for it. Sure, if you want a quick update on something which is happening in real time, then yes - Twitter is a great engine for such a thing. But besides that, nothing really sticks out to me too much.

Even with student union's and events which are organised by PR firms and events managers, using Twitter to keep up to date with university events and nights out can be useful - especially as you can tie them in with your Facebook updates; highly useful as everyone knows, the average students spends 119% of their time on the site.

According to CNET News, only 22% of 18-24 year olds use Twitter. Fair enough, it's a start but it doesn't seem to have captivated the iGeneration audience too much.

Keeping up to date with breaking news and current affairs, real-time events and those sorts of things are what Twitter can be used for. Communications on a mass scale, yes, to some extent. Keeping in touch with family and friends - personally I'd still use my BlackBerry, but then again, old habits live on.

What do you get out of Twitter? What's the X factor that I'm seemingly missing out on? Leave your message after the beep.

Topics: Social Enterprise, CXO

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  • Pointless

    What happened to human communication, if I want to know what someone is doing I do not care about social (insecure) networking sites.


    PRIVATE Personal Data on a Public Domain is a BIG mistake, you are at the mercy of individuals who do not obey the rules. Not only that it is really so impersonal and not actually in reality.


    People are more likely to write things in an email or other online communications that they would *NOT* do on the phone or in person.


    *Communication* is key, when you lose that it is very difficult to regain it.
    Christian_<><
  • Good grief!!

    "Young adults aren't using Twitter enough: should they?"

    [b]NO.[/b]

    This is not like food, water, or clothing that you can't live without.

    This is not like vitamins and minerals which can make you physically sick if you don't get enough.

    There is no "recommended daily allowance" for social networking.

    If people don't want to use Twitter, then that's fine. Social networking is a luxury and a personal choice. It's not gonna have negative side effects if you don't use it.

    Good grief.

    "Keeping up to date with breaking news and current affairs, real-time events and those sorts of things are what Twitter can be used for."

    Well, guess what? I'm not terribly interested in current affairs. Breaking news is what TV and local papers (or their online equivalents) are for.

    I don't want or need a continuous stream of news.

    Unless there's another 9/11 or my house is on fire, I don't need to know about it instantly.

    "Keeping in touch with family and friends"

    Email, cell phone, maybe Facebook. Don't need much more.

    I'm not a teenage girl - I don't have any "need" to be constantly chatting with everybody all at once.
    CobraA1
  • They Realize Twitter is Stupid

    Twitter is the most stupid thing I've ever seen.

    I don't care about your Twats, Tweets of WTF else is
    on your pea brain.

    I don't really care about your Blog either for the
    same reasons.

    Twitter is stupid pointless and another fad.
    itguy08
    • Thanks

      Thanks for the laugh. Agree wholeheartedly!
      djmik
  • iGeneration Twitter User

    I think Twitter can be very useful for networking. I think students could use twitter in this way to develop work contacts or to share projects they are working on. And people who don't find the value of using technology in this way are woefully out of touch. Also Whittaker, you should cut out tweeting personal info on your Twitter and stick to more professional contnt(re: your tweet about Carradine). You might have your twitter and facebook synced, which might be the problem. I unsynced my twitter and facebook for this very reason. I use Twitter more for professional stuff and Facebook to keep in contact with friends. Also, to naysayers who are APALLED at how much the "young" publish personal details online. This is the generation of TRANSPARENCY. Young people like being open. That's why we hug as greeting and post our latest news online. If you tell us, "but *shock* everyone can read it," we still don't care. Also, there's such a thing as PRIVACY controls on most social tools like facebook and twitter. On my facebook everything is quite private. Making Twitter private kind of defeats the purpose (Hello Ray Ozzie) but whatever.
    LuLu WL
  • RE: Young adults aren't using Twitter enough: should they?

    I think you just answered your own qusetion:

    [i]Keeping in touch with family and friends - personally I?d still use my BlackBerry,[/i]

    That is just it, twitter doesn't really offer anything new over any other forms of communication. People still use IM from AIM, MSN, and Yahoo to communicate with their friends online. If they are out and about they are sending text messages to each other via their cell phones. Between those two twitter is just another tool and isn't really needed in their daily lives.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Young adults aren't using Twitter enough: should they?

    As a recent postgraduate, I've been on Twitter for
    almost 2 years and in that time the way I use it has
    changed considerably.

    I've stopped following all the 'celebrities' and
    instead have focussed on using it as a tool to build
    up a network of contacts in the area of work I wish to
    move further into (publishing)

    Twitter enables you to get the name of the people
    involved in the industry, get a feel for what they are
    like, and even communicate in a much less formal way
    than say, sending them an email.

    Now I'm on the books of several publishers and
    arranged some work experience at one of the largest
    companies in the summer.

    Yes, I still tweet personal stuff, but its always with
    an eye on what I want to do in the future.
    robbyC
  • Whoever wrote this article....

    ....should be shot. They post here on ZDNet, where warnings of all sorts of nasty stuff on Twitter can be found. Twitter is riddled with worms (a sort of virus), bugs, cross-site scripting (often used to deliver malware transparently to the end-user), account hacking, and character assassination. Let's not forget that hacked accounts are often used for spam, as well. The only thing Twitter is truly good at is infecting PCs and wasting resources. If you truly feel a need for social networking, try MySpace. I know it's not perfect, but at least I don't see gazillions of worms/viruses/hacks there (although I'm sure it happens, at least sometimes).
    Inaia Rossi