Twitter: You're Never Too Old to Tweetby Carissa - July 21st, 2014
Twitter is a pretty big deal. It's been around since 2006, and since its humble beginnings as a text messaging service; it has amassed an impressive 220 million users globally. Perhaps you're a senior who's been wondering what all the hype is surrounding Twitter? Or maybe you wonder if the social media site has something to offer you besides what Lady GaGa had for lunch? If you answered yes to either of those, read on. We'd like to shed some light on this often misconceived social media platform.
What is Twitter?
Twitter itself is considered a micro-blogging platform. But more than that, it's an interest-based social media network. Unlike Facebook, which centers on keeping in touch with friends and family, Twitter centers on your interests; whatever they may be. Are you political? Interested in travel? What about writing? Perhaps it's just connecting with others going through what you're going through. Whatever the interest, Twitter has something for you.
The unique thing with Twitter, is they limit any "status updates" or tweets to 140 characters long. One other thing to note is that unless you opt to keep your account private (which sort of defeats the purpose), Twitter is an open network – which means any tweets you send out can be seen by anyone following you, or deliberately searching your tweet stream. There are a lot of great blogs and information specifically on how to get started on Twitter. While this isn't one of those posts, we do want to point you in the direction of more information, if you're ready to join. Complete Senior (completesenior.com/twitter-for-adults/) provides a really great overview on how to get started. Once you're signed up, don't forget The Canadian Pharmacy King is always out there tweeting great bits of news and content just for you. Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @CANPharmacyKing.
Just the stats.
According to the Pew Research Internet Project, of all online adults age 18-65+, 19% use Twitter on a significant basis. More interesting yet, is of those online adults, 11% age 50-64 are using Twitter regularly. The great thing is, that number is rising. Just since 2012 alone, Twitter use amongst this age bracket is up a whopping 74%. While it's true the younger generation still has a leg up on seniors when it comes to Twitter usage, adults age 18-29 are only 24% more likely to use it and adults age 30-49 are only 9% more likely. Still think it's just for the younger generation?
You aren't too old for Twitter.
Connect. Twitter is a great source for everyone to connect with people of like-mind. Whether you're looking for people in your own age bracket or not, you are sure to find people out there talking about the very same interests you have. You never know how influential these people may become to you down the road. Granted, I'm not a senior, but I can attest to the power of socially connecting on Twitter. I met my husband on there while tweeting about my experiences as an author publishing my first novel, back in 2011. Without Twitter, I know with absolute certainty that he and I would never have met – he's from England, after all!
News and Insight. While you're out there, you're likely to gain valuable information the people you follow. Maybe you're trying to understand more on retirement planning. Or perhaps you want to stay abreast of the latest news trends. Twitter has been a source of breaking news and information, as tweeters are often the first to alert the public as things happen.
Inform. Your followers aren't the only ones with great insights. You are, too. Use twitter to share the knowledge and expertise you've gained over the years. You never know who out there is searching for precisely the information you have. You also have a voice in the information you find valuable. You can be active and involved by retweeting out content and articles you find interesting or of value. If you're still working, you can use Twitter as a source of delivering information for your business, employer, side job, or hobby, too. The sky is the limit!
We hope you can see the value your voice can add to the Twitter tweet stream. People of all ages and all interests have a voice on this social site. Take advantage of the quick, short, and valuable information happening on Twitter everyday and you just might find a whole new world opening up to you. We'll see you there.
Carissa Andrews is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.
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