There's another way to use it? Seriously, I don't get how to use Twitter. If I follow someone, how do I comment on what they said? Does everyone see that? What exactly is Twitter trying to do? I have never 'got' it.
It's looks to me like an IM service crossed with RSS, except I can't figure out how to do any messaging.
(Not that this is really a problem, I have nothing to say and am not social, but it's irritating not understanding something.)
1. Every tweet on public profiles are ... public. Anyone can read them but not all your followers see all your tweets (more later).
2. If your tweet starts with an @mention (as in, the first character of the tweet) then only the user you @mention will see the tweet in their feed (as well as anyone else you @mention in the tweet). It does not display on your followers feeds. That is, unless, you both have mutual followers.
It's a hack and many people don't understand it.
I wonder if this is due to multiple accounts per person, bad facebook reporting, or bad survey results.
Seems to me like Twitter still has a lot of opportunity for growth in the US, if these numbers are to be believed.
What price? Time, effort, attention, opportunity costs, etc.
Most non-famous people I know who joined Twitter recently follow 50-100 people and have a handful of followers (who know them in real life). They get bored quickly and stop using it.
Opportunity for growth and growth are not the same thing. I think Twitter has opportunity for growth, but that's not to say they will definitely execute on it.
Twitter is useful for me as an aggregator for gathering twitter posts by people I'm interested in. All of my family members who do use twitter also have the FB<-->Twitter thing hooked up so I'm not missing anything from them by ignoring twitter.
Personally, I find very little value in twitter. Maybe it's because I'm in the wrong demographic or my social circle doesn't use it, I don't know. I could imagine a world where we posted everything through twitter, but in reality almost nobody I know personally actually uses twitter.
Edit: I learned that the tool lets you ask Screener questions that qualify people to answer subsequent questions. I'll try this with a future survey.
About half the people I know have Twitter accounts. Of them, only a handful have ever tweeted anything.