Why do people use Twitter?

One of the eternal questions you hear asked about Twitter, especially by those who don’t use it themselves, is why?

Of course, there’s a myriad of different answers, but these two films come close to answering the question.

The first was put together by Christian Payne (@Documentally) and Matt Rawlinson (@Barnstormed) from vox pops they conducted at a gathering of Twitterers in London in September last year – the first ever Twestival:

The second was filmed by Hamish Campbell (@hamishcampbell) at Twinterval, another gathering of London’s Twitterati in December, and perhaps delves a little deeper than the first:

If you feel like doing some anthropological fieldwork of your own, you’ll be glad to know that Twestival has gone global – on the 12th February there will be local Twestivals all around the world, bringing together Twitterers for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

We’re going to be at three of them ourselves – we’re organising the Paris Twestival, which we’re confident is going to be one of the biggest and best, Nathan is helping out with Sydney’s and what’s left of the team will be partying hard here in London.

While I’ve got your attention, why not have a look at the last set of stats on Twitter usage in the UK, see Chris’ commentary on why the British tabloids are so hostile to Twitter or follow me on Twitter

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  • Martin Corcoran

    In answer to your question, because people have become self-absorbed, egotistical and self-obsessed, labouring under the misapprehension that their every musing, faux ironic comment or attempt at a witty aside is of interest to others. The whole thing depresses me. It’s sad, grasping and desperate.

  • http://www.nexusdp.co.uk/design-agency-blog/ Jason Edge

    Having read an article about it a few months ago I opened a Twitter account and wasted time trying to create some clever musings in my allocated 140 words. I’d like to think that my handful of ‘followers’ are lapping it up but in real terms most of them are just reciporacal because I follow them.

    Whilst I don’t quite get it, I still twitter away in the hope that one day the penny will drop and all will become clear. I await the inevitable enlightenment..

  • http://khansuhel.wordpress.com suhel khan

    Its just “hear me too ” attitude that’s taking the fun away from Twitter. I see very few people engaged in some sort of communication…