Twitter. It’s an application that a few months ago I thought was a huge waste of time and brain power. Things have changed, I now think quite differently. Dare I say I’m addicted? Perhaps, perhaps.
What the hell IS Twitter?
Some of you may not even be that familiar with Twitter or not “get” it, so I’ll explain. Basically you can send “instant messages” to people who follow you using 140 characters or less. You can also sends links, pics or video. It’s basically a world-wide social messaging application. It’s also known as a micro-blogging site.
Why would I want to join Twitter?
I asked the same thing and actually just planned on testing it out and seeing what it was like, before I got hooked. What I like the most is that I get information lightning fast. I mean WAY before anyone can even publish a blog post or put an article on say CNN’s website, the news is all over Twitter. This also applies to cosmetics news of course! I find out tons of information about new polish collections and brands, etc. How did I find out about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson dying? Twitter. How did I find out about Illamasqua coming to Sephora? Twitter. How was I able to see the new RBL polishes created by other nail bloggers? Twitter. See, people can release quick posts or pics immediately before they post a long blog article, so it’s really useful for breaking news!
I also really like the social aspect of it. I get to chat with people all over the world about various subjects and it’s really cool! You find out it really is a very small world when someone from Stockholm Sweden Tweets about a local Bay Area band, members of whom I know! I also recently discovered that a fashion blogger on Twitter used to work where I work. Most bloggers now have Twitter accounts, so I keep in touch with them this way, which is great.
One other thing that’s awesome is that a lot of companies are on it as well (nail polish, cosmetic, etc.) and they give inside info too! And a lot of people do Twitter only contests or special discount deals, so you can win cool stuff!
If you are so inclined, you can follow people and not let anyone follow you. In other words, you can “lurk” and just read/view what everyone is Twittering about. You don’t HAVE to actively participate if you don’t want. This can be fun with some of the celebrity Tweets (since they never Tweet back anyway), but be forewarned: a lot of the “celebrities” aren’t really them, it’s someone who’s using their name or possibly their assistants. Also some tend to Tweet A LOT about crap news you might not want to hear about (Ashton Kutcher/Demi Moore for instance). I recently unfollowed almost all celebrities because most just spam everyone with their press crap.
How do I join?
You have decided to join and are now wondering why you didn’t sign up before, aren’t you? Well good news, it’s incredibly easy to jump on the bandwagon and only takes a few minutes. Check out their site here. You can find tons of information on their site in the help section about how it works and what all the different terms mean.
Why are you telling me this anyway?
I have decided to hold a contest! Here is the deal. To enter you must either comment on this post with your reason why you WON’T join Twitter or if you do join/have joined and are following me, comment with your Twitter name. The contest will be open starting now and ending Sunday August 2nd at 11:59 pm, Pacific. This is open to International readers as well.
So do you want to know what the prize for said contest is? Hold onto your hats peeps it’s a doozie! One randomly picked person (who leaves a comment on this post) will win Zoya’s Truth or Dare collection for Fall 2009! Yes you heard me, someone will win BOTH collections meaning 12 polishes in total!
In the future I will be holding Twitter only contests which you will see on Twitter (not on my blog) so joining gives you an extra advantage in winning cool, stuff.