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FD Original: Is twitter really worth all the hype?

The FullDorm Team grew up in the “aim” boom where everyone always had “away messages”.  The last nail was hammered in to the aim coffin when facebook chat rolled out and the entire aim group made the switch.  Twitter pretty much came on the scene after facebook, used the aim model and made a few changes.  It reportedly took 3 years for twitter to reach their billionth tweet and now there are a billion tweets published every week.  My question is who’s actually writing and reading them?  I decided to do my own unscientific poll of about a dozen college students and young professionals.  An entire two of them said they either signed up for twitter and don’t use it or they’ve signed up, tweeted a few times and then decided it’s pointless to do facebook and twitter.

Solely to keep in line with the trend, FullDorm created a twitter account for our CEO.  There is very little activity on it because we don’t believe students really use twitter.  Through another unscientific study, we found that most college students prefer facebook status updates because they’re more “fun” and “they reach more relevant people” and “it’s what all students use religiously”.  I could see how twitter is useful in developing countries where their users may not be as exposed to other media outlets but all of this hype created by the media seems to be just that.

Why do people brag about how many followers they have?  Multiple times, celebrities have races to see who can get the most amount of followers.  What are they trying to prove?

The FullDorm Post currently allows our user to “like” and “tweet” about our posts and quite frankly, I’ve decided to drop a note in our suggestion box to remove the “tweet” button out of principle.  To further prove my point, we’ve had hundreds of students like our posts over the past few weeks and literally less than a handful of people tweeted about them. 

Like most parents, we’re all about spoiling our users with what they want.  We’re glad that we get a lot of voluntary feedback from our users and many of the users that submit feedback can actually see the changes that are made generally a few days after they submit them.  To tell you the truth, we do get some poorly written and bad tips but that’s okay.  We try to take each idea and mold it in to a realistic change to enhance our site.  We appreciate all of the feedback we get and encourage you to continue sending us your thoughts.

To hopefully further prove my point, as another unscientific experiment if you have a twitter account, please tweet this article.  If you prefer and/or always use facebook to update your friends, like this article.

I’ve got nothing personal against twitter, but I just don’t see its value in the college demographic.  In conclusion if the tweet option is gone by the end of the week, you’ll know what happened to it.

Posted in FullDorm Original, Informal News.