In 2008, we asked Rant readers where they stood on Twitter and Facebook, and here are some of the responses we got:
I just really don’t understand Twitter. I mean, I get how it works. It’s the *why* that gives me problems.
Twitter? Let’s just say that my take on it is that it’s for the birds.
I recently acquired a Facebook page, but I’m darned if I know what to do with it.
it’s just one more freaking thing to keep up with–which is why I won’t be on a garden site or twitter or digg or whatever… I DO have a life.
And so on. I have not given the names of these commenters, but I know that a couple of them are now seen regularly on one social network or another. As are most of us. What a difference a couple of years makes! Even Michele has been won over by Twitter (but not by Facebook), while Amy, Susan, and I have been habitués of both networks for a while now. (The collective Rant account tweets posts, and occasionally answers tweets aimed at it, if one of us sees them.)
I love Facebook for a number of reasons but am not a regular tweeter—just when I feel like it. I also have some problems with tweets aimed at either my Buffalo followers and my garden followers. They usually don’t make sense to one of the groups. It happens on FB too.
But this is what I’d like to know.
1. Are there any diehard social network abominators still left out there?
2. Who is on twitter and/or facebook several times day and loves it? Or is it just one or the other?
3. Who keeps up their twitter and/or facebook accounts out of obligation—i.e., as part of career-related endeavors?
4. Who is trying to keep up with it all, but still finds the whole thing kind of annoying?
Is a mixture of some of the above? Oh, and what was it that won you over—or was it more like giving in?
And here’s a poll.