The debate on the usefulness of Twitter is ongoing and whether it could serve communication and promotion efforts at big research institutions in one way or another. I am still befuddled what Twitter could offer that email and text messaging are not doing already.
I came across the post “Nine Ways to Use Twitter” by John C. Dvorak who explains why he thinks Twitter is a valuable service. Some of his arguments may be interesting to some of you. Surprisingly, he concludes that there may be nothing to get from Twitter, unless one invents a use, which – I guess – leaves all options open for further discussions.
Some of Dvorak’s use cases:
- Tweeting about an event: something solitary is turned into an interactive, shared experience.
- Spread of breaking news updates/announcements/ public address system: “when a major event happens, often a Twitterer will be there tweeting about it on the spot”.
- Contact multiple people who work within an organization using the mobile service feature to easily broadcast a quick message to all of them.
- Easy feedback mechanism for writings etc.
- Asking and answering questions is easier than with e-mail, almost instantaneous
- Poll people/crowd-sourcing information/audience voting