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Understanding Twitter

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90% of all human conversation is nonsense, not only on Twitter
Twitter is everywhere and hence its very controversial. Many marketers (in their 40s) see only the 90% useless and hard to read tweets. But compare adequately: go to a coffee shop of your choice and listen to the communications of patrons. Very likely, they will represent the same nonsense that you find on Twitter. And yet, they are all consumers that you want to reach with your product or brand. Before the internet you have paid good money to arrange focus groups, record their discussions and spend time on analysing their opinions. Today, you can have this communication from your target group for free, written and digital. So, go and appreciate it!

Twitter is a powerful communication category of social media – microblogging. Most of it may be useless, but nevertheless: Twitter is very efficient as an element of a strategic online marketing mix. Savy marketers have understood to tap into Twitter’s potential for their online marketing mix. Check the Moonfruit campaign as an example of a very cost efficient promotion on Twitter.

Why  research  does not catch the twitter phenomenon and is misleading marketers

Why research does not catch the twitter phenomenon and is misleading marketers
Even though the twitter demographic has its biggest user group in 25-54 year olds, checking the twitter trends just speaks a very different language.
Constantly returning popular hashtags are #MusicMonday, #nowplaying, #celebs, #signsidontlikeu. Recently it has become popular to exchange all sorts of socialisation symptoms like #thatsotrue, #domeafavor, #makesmesomad, #signsidontlikeu, #withyofatass, #cutthebullshit.

Rarely do cultural and political topics make it into the top ten trends unless they have worldwide appeal like the olympics, big catastrophes, political opposition movements and technical news like the iPad and Windows Mobile 7.

And frequently some teen star makes it into the top trends (like Justin Bieber even with two hashtags of his name on February 15, 2010).

This makes it likely that
1. the younger twitter users (up to 30 year olds) dominate the topics
2. without being the biggest user group.
3. The biggest user group is represented by more different topics

How can that be explained?
Teen culture simply follows different laws than the culture of twens
,thirties, over40s etc. The older we are, the more individualistic are our
pursuits. Teenage is all about mass followership, uniform fashion and belonging to a group. Nobody wants to stick out too much of the crowd, simply because the danger of being branded as a nerd is too grueling.

The lesson for marketers
Teens do not use Twitter as much as older generations, but what they
tweet is more representative for big clusters of them and hence has mass appeal.
25-45es dominate twitter as a communication tool but their topic universe is much more fragmented and barely evolves into a trend.

Therefore, it is easier for marketers whose target group is 15 – 30 year olds. Everybody marketing to 30+ generations need to do more homework to tap into the potential of Twitter. You need to find out, where the target group is meeting on Twitter. Since Twitter has launched the list feature, this has become a little easier. Moreover, there are a lot of Twitter service websites that offer intelligence that can me used in marketing.


Critique of the French “Journalists perform Big Brother media experiment”

Sorry, but anyone who is not able to attain quality news through facebook and twitter alone, simply has not understood how to use them.

Many major newspapers, magazines, tv-stations and newscasts have either a facebook fanpage or a twitter account or both. Following the news on facebook and twitter alone is as simple as reading them on their website. In twitter, you do not even need an account to read their news.

Examples of major news providers with a facebook or twitter offer are CNN, Financial Times, The Economist, LeMonde (since the journalists are French), CBS, to name but a few. Look up your favourite major news outlet – chances are you will find it on both platforms, twitter and facebook.


Ways of Visualizing the Twitter Communication Phenomenon
(Harvard Business Review)

Twitter Stream Graph

Click the graph to see some examples of data visualization using Twitter as an example.