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The Four Stages of “Getting” Twitter: Infographic

Twitter has a steep learning curve. Most people join Twitter, use Twitter, and keep Twitter without having the littlest clue on how to use it. 

Take it from me, an obsessive-compulsive trier of all sorts of web tools that need effort.

Facebook? Easiest thing in the world to get used to. Stalking tendencies are instantaneous, as soon as you realize that you can keep up with what your friends are doing. LinkedIn? Okay, it’s boring as there’s not much to do, and that damn “Your profile is only 80% complete” message keeps pissing me off. But still. LinkedIn after all is about accepting acquaintances and hoping to use the connections some time, one day. Blogging? Ooh, this is a hard one, and that’s why there are so many orphan blogs, and yet it’s still much easier than tweeting. After all, what needs to be done on a blog is so simple: you find a subject you like, and you blab. Blab. Blab. Blah. Nice as pie.

Twitter, on the other hand, is an orientational disaster (though not as bad as Google Buzz, which I don’t think anyone has figured out just yet). I mean, seriously, when you sign up for a Twitter account, the most important question is glistening like Las Vegas neon lights: What the hell can I do with these 140 characters?

Here’s what I mean by that:

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There are four stages of “Getting” Twitter.

Stage 1: Complete Inability to Understand Twitter

That’s all of you guys sitting in your tech-phobia and thinking “What the hell is this crappy 140 character shit? I don’t care what you had for lunch. Narcissistic bullcrap that adds no value. Mark my words: Twitter is not going to exist a few months from now, except for lame losers.”

People in this stage have either tried Twitter and completely failed at figuring out how to use it (thus the steep learning curve), or have never tried Twitter because they “don’t follow crowds”.

Ha. More like you didn’t get it, darling.

Stage 2: Trying (and Failing) to Enjoy Twitter
This is the hardest stage to overcome in Twitter-life, and I really feel it for those who are stuck in this phase. The people here somehow see the value of Twitter, but cannot figure out the perfect enjoyment formula. Is it about following the celebrities? Is it about collecting friends? Is it about reading great links?

It’s a hard, hard world out there, me son. The good news is that the end of this post tries to dissect the perfect Twitter experience, so go right ahead.

Stage 3: “Ohhh, So That’s What Twitter is About”
This stage has a very small life cycle. Once a user figures out what the hell to do with the 140 characters, life becomes pretty.

Stage 4: Addiction Phase
The Twitter addict has got a personal taste of Twitter Heaven, which includes but is not limited to: meeting kick ass people, creating a personal brand, improving career prospects, reading curated links and information, staying on top of news and happenings in short bursts of plaintext, and getting help in making decisions and doing research. 

Twitter rocks.

Did you enjoy this? Then don’t miss out on the follow-up: The 10 Ways to Learn Twitter

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  1. Wow … very nice!
    Awesome work.
    .-= The latest from za3tar´s blog ..Liz Cheney’s absurd view on Gaza =-.

  2. … by the way there is a small typo in the graphic. “I think therefor*e* I am”
    .-= The latest from za3tar´s blog ..Liz Cheney’s absurd view on Gaza =-.

  3. Yaseen

    When it comes to social web technologies I’m always stuck in stage 2.

    I tried to blog never worked, I tried to tweet didn’t work, my facebook is barely any different than a static HTML page from 1995.

  4. @Za3tar
    It’s tweet talk :), no need for extra silent letters when y ou only have 140 :)
    Just kidding

    @RobaAssi awsm pst, <3 it. Stl hate stpd twtr #fail
    .-= The latest from Qwaider قويدر´s blog ..Are you capable of forgiving? =-.

  5. Chris

    I think for me, I don’t Face-Tweet due to time constraints. I get bugged about it, but I’m mostly a newsy-history kind of guy… I HAVE to spend boatloads of time reading longer newspaper articles from all over the world or I just don’t feel right. After my main meals, I eat blogs for dessert… but I always find time for a treat in between. ;) Plus, you should just count yourself lucky: @Roba I’m hungry! 6:00 @Roba Burger King… YUM!! :D 6:15 @Roba Oh man, I ate too much. 6:20 @Roba I feel better now. :) 6:30 @Roba btw, nice infograph! 4:30

  6. Stage 2. Allah toooooooooooooooooooooool.

    Do you give twitter tutorials?
    .-= The latest from kinzi´s blog ..misuse of religious authority =-.

  7. Thanks guys! :)
    .-= The latest from Roba´s blog ..Let’s Get to Know the Jordanian Blogosphere =-.

  8. Thanks for this. I’m at stage two…but I found this page via Twitter so at least I’m not nowhere.
    .-= The latest from Charlie´s blog ..QotD- Turn the Work into a Kind of Game =-.

  9. Great post Roba! Thanks!
    Gave it a quick twist
    .-= The latest from Yacine Baroudi´s blog ..How To Get Addicted To Twitter — INFOGRAPHIC =-.

  10. you were mentioned in the guardian btw! that’s how i came across you.

  11. Palmetto

    I’ve never gotten past Stage One, having reached it on three separate occasions. I won’t lay claim to a feeling of smugness about it. It’s more like I’m confused by it. I don’t have anything to say, and can’t figure out how to retrieve anything of value to me.

  12. There should be a 5th stage – when you get disillusioned by all the broadcast messaging and lack of interaction in your formerly robust feed once it’s grown too big. So then you either unfollow gobs of people or you start over with a new account, swearing you’ll be more choosey this time. Then you repeat it all over again! ;-)
    .-= The latest from Karen´s blog ..Stop Annoying People on Facebook =-.

  13. Keisha Rongstad

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  15. Arline Millard

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  16. Delia

    Fantastic post!

    Would you mind if I make an Spanish version of your infographic?

  17. Nutropiggy

    This is stupid. It assumes that there is a “wrong” way and a “right” way to use Twiiter, that everyone uses Twitter for the same purpose, and that anyone who continues to have no use whatsoever for Twitter in their life is just “stuck on step two.”

    That someone’s response to a Twitter-hater could be “More like you didn’t get it, darling” is perfectly illustrative of the narcissism that Twitter personifies.

  18. Really wonderful information, Twitter is an important help in the new world

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