I just keep coming back to that site! It's the first social networking site I really got into and the one I like the most.
Firstly, it's elegantly straightforward. You follow people who share your interests. Hopefully they follow you back. You share stuff between each other and build online friendships. Simple.
Facebook has a similar overall purpose. But it's got some funny rules and regulations about who you can connect with. This is even more pronounced on Linkedin.
It's Twitter's simplicity that make it great for social media beginners. It might take a little while to get your ehad around it but once you do you can see lots of possibilities immediately. Odds are you'll be hooked right form the get go.
Once you've mastered Twitter, the other big networking sites are easier to get a handle on. So it's a good place to start if you're new to social media.
The brevity is another attractive feature. Sure, it can be a bit frustrating at first that you have to keep everything down to those 140 characters. But after a while you actually appreicate this aspect of the site.
There's no mucking around. You have to get right down to brass tacks and be as succinct as possible. So it's good for your communication skills (although of course you don't want everything you write off Twitter to follow the same pattern!).
Then there's the speed. Because of the strict tweet length requirement, tweeps crank out tweets at a great rate. If you're following quite a few people then they just zoom past you.
Again, this is daunting at first. But after a while you appreciate it. It really trains you to process information quicker than before. You can get through more information on other sites as a result.
Then there's the sheer focus of it. It's amazing. You can get very specific with an interest and find people to follow who are similarly focused. When you know what you're looking for and what you're doing you can build a following very quickly.
If you're a comedian, you can connect with other comics. If you are a blogger connect with other bloggers. And if you want to make that interest geo-targeted and just follow people who live in your country or city, well there'll be quite a few of those, too.
And the more the people you follow are like you in interest and location, the more likely they are to follow back. So you can build followings quickly.
Sure, you can do all things on the other social sites. But not in such a focused, fast way. The other sites are bigger, slower, with lots of different functions. Sure, they're fun, and all the possibilities are worth exploring. But building a network takes a while, and there are a lot of distractions.
Twitter is distilled. It's 100% proof. That's why I really like it.