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Can Twitter be Called A Real Social Network Anymore?

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Twitter was launched with the intention of providing its users a quick update of their personal lives to each other. Basically, Twitter aimed at becoming the quick solution of social networkers who did not have a lot of time to spend on exhaustive social networks like Facebook, Orkut etc. It was a practical solution to the concept behind social networks.

Twitter was a practical idea for social networking because it helped you stay updated to your network in a quick no-nonsensical way. You know what the other guy is upto and the other guys knows what you are up to. This in a way helps you keep connected and fulfills the basic concept behind a social network.

Nowadays, however considering the volume of Twitterers and the sheer number of users simply in it for marketing their services/products has left a question mark on the purpose behind Twitter.

As I see it now, Twitter can be called a internet marketing platform. These days hardly except may be a few celebs let their network know what they are really up to. Most Twitterers are simply people who like to post links for their followers. They hardly tweet on what is really happening in their life. Most tweets are related to posting about a new post on the blog,  a link to their squeeze page or a link for selling their products/services.

I must say that I am also guilty for the same thing, but then which is why I wrote this article. This is basically a speculation on whether Twitter can really be called a social networking site any more. Yes, may be it does allow you to network socially but with people you don’t know anything about, except may be the products or services they give.

About Vivek Krishnan

I am the Founder-editor of Collegefallout.com. I started this blog in 2009, while in college with a lousy internet connection. Today this blog receives over 30,000 page views per month. As a person, I am a wanderer, dreamer and part-time pessimist.

9 comments

  1. Ya I agree with you bro. Twitter can no way be termed social networking any more. It can be said as an Internet Marketing platform

  2. Great Post Vivek. Twitter is still one of the most powerful social community.
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  3. I really don’t think so. May be only 20-30% user know about sharing link as most of them come their for sharing personal view. If 80% of them started to share link on profile then their will be no need to blog any more and no earning at all. We able to earn due to those average people, if average people go techie we will earn nothing or very few bucks and practically it’s hard to think every body will be a techie because everyone have different type of job. How can you expect a link from people who don’t know about browser! I think most of the people you follow are some short of blogger.
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  4. Twitter is narrative about followers and following. Being social means meeting personally up with her friends, chatting one to one or in a cohesive group, however, twitter is extremely valuable for anyone who have something to promote because you can easily and quickly build brand awareness and a loyal following, especially among bloggers, online marketers etc.
    .-= UK Webmaster Forum´s last blog ..Post your best twitter tools and tricks =-.

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