If you're a person who wonders why on earth people use Twitter, you're definitely not alone. Some would say that the service has no value, except to let others in on what's happening in their daily lives. And let's face it: knowing what your Twitter contact just had for dinner or what they're watching on television at that very second doesn't exactly get your neurons firing.
But before you delete your Twitter account for good, you should know that the service can benefit you in several ways when you use it constructively.
If you're working on getting in better shape by working out or choosing not to consume your regular morning donut, tweeting about it can help you get the encouragement you need. Not only does putting your intentions out there let people know what you plan to do, but it can also result in valuable advice and encouragement about meeting your goal.
Meeting New People
By participating in a discussion, you can run into others who have the same interests as you do. If you can contribute to that discussion and strike up a meaningful conversation with another participant, long-term friendships can result with people that you may not have otherwise been able to meet.
Get Down To Business
If you're a business owner, you'll be happy to know that there are many ways that the service can benefit your bottom line. Tweeting about upcoming sales, products and other happenings with your business can help customers feel closer to you. This building of trust is the foundation for long-term customers who can't wait to say good things about you. You can also use Twitter to get and keep your brand out there, or use it for customer enquiries and issues.
Share Your Lessons
If you've helped a number of friends or family members with your advice in the past, you can use Twitter to communicate what you've learned in your life. Note that this doesn't mean self-righteous tweets about how great people think you are, unless you want to lose a lot of followers. Think instead about posting about what you learned after an argument with your spouse, or what you thought about a recent event in your area, such as when citizens came together to help a car accident victim. Your thoughts could end up helping another in the Twitterverse who is struggling to find some answers.
Help Your Fellow Commuters
If you're on the road a lot in your daily job and see an accident or other type of traffic slowdown, pulling over and tweeting about it can help others in your community to avoid those areas and save some time. The real-time nature of Twitter is one of the reasons many now use the service to get their news. And who knows? You may even end up alerting the local media to a possible story that they didn't even know was developing.
Vent Your Frustrations
Does a recent passed bill or world event have your blood boiling? Why hold back when you can tweet about it? Of course, this can be dangerous if you do so in the heat of the moment. You'll have to consider these: that your tweet won't disappear after you've posted it and that kids may be watching. If possible try and take some time to think about what you want to say so that there is something meaningful in your post. You may just spark a healthy discussion.
As you can see, there is much more to Twitter than knowing what your neighbor had for breakfast this morning. Making the choice to tweet responsibly and intelligently can help you to make the Twitterverse more pleasant for all.
Guest author Elizabeth Brosuga enjoys learning about technology, social media, and a variety of other topics. You can learn more about the research she and her associates did to help consumers find quality internet providers New York.