questionscan you give me a couple of good reasons to have…

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Reason 1) It's more fun and less political than fakebook (sic)

Reason 2) You can follow @snapster

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You can tweet/complain to various companies such as AT&T, Time Warner, Lenovo, UPS, FedEx, etc. Some companies are actually more responsive through Twitter than any other method.

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I enjoy stand-up comedians and I use twitter to follow them so I can read all of their one-liners for the day. Many comedians put up some great stuff. Other than that, I do not use it for much else, I think I have tweeted 3 times in the few years I have had it.

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I use it for entering sweepstakes

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If you use twitter for customer service as suggested above - how do you identify your account and describe your problem in the twitter format? How do you not give away too much personal information in a public setting?

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@nedreck: what's political about facebook? (Real queation, I have not visited fb in years.)

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Updates from an overbooked conference/ lecture.

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Same as @jthebird1977. I started my account to boost some "scores" for contests/houseparty.com etc. Then I got a bit hooked on the nature of the site. If you can't say it in 140 characters or less, don't.

And I use it to follow the mediocre people to see if anything is new.

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@f00l: Sorry, poor wording on my part....the people are less political. As @thumperchick pointed out, 140 characters cuts out a lot of BS. :)

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It can function as a quick-scan news-clipping-like service. You don't even need to send outbound Tweets.

You "Follow" the sites/Tweeters that interest you and get short and sweet summaries - and if you want more detail, click on the short URL's in those Tweets.

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If you end up with several Facebook and/or Twitter accounts, "Hootsuite" is a pretty handy way to stay logged into them and manage them all in one spot.

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I like it. But it seems to suit some people very well as a means to communicate and others not at all. For me, it's a watercooler to take a break around and a place to find music and interesting people + information I wouldn't have run across otherwise.

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@f00l: You don't give personal information out in public. You tweet them and give a brief explanation of the problem. From there, they typically follow you and you direct message them your contact information and more details. If it requires more words/explanation, they may tell you to e-mail their Twitter e-mail address (typically more responsive on that than general customer service). If they still can't help you, they will escalate to a management resource and will call you. I have had that several times with UPS, FedEx, Time Warner and AT&T. Talking to the higher up people is the only way to get things done sometimes.