This headline probably made you jump up and say, “Oh my God, someone hates Twitter? How can that be? Twitter is so awesome!”
Well, I am sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but I hate Twitter. I find it useless and boring. I post little status updates or share some content on it for a couple of weeks here and there, but then I grow bored with it and stop posting for two or three months at a time. Micro blogging just isn’t for me.
But sometimes I get the feeling that your presence on Twitter will make or break your blogs that are elsewhere on the internet. Let me explain. A fellow, a commenter on this blog and a part of the blogging group I am a part of, mentioned that I need to get a customized Twitter handle for my blog to make it easier to share content. Okay, I use WordPress.com, which doesn’t allow customization of share buttons as far as I know. If you click on the Twitter share button, it will say via @wordpressdotcom instead of via @haphazardgirl (my username).
I honestly didn’t know that the “via @” thing on Twitter was that important to people. Heck, I’ve even thought about just getting rid of my Twitter account all together because I hate it and don’t really want to use it. You can’t really have a “via @” tag on a Twitter post if the person whose blog you are sharing doesn’t have an account…right?
So is Twitter, and a “via @” thing on a post, really necessary for a blog’s success (or failure) these days? Please tell me truthfully. Because if it is, that’s a bit disheartening. I’ve never received any traffic to any of my blogs from Twitter. Most of the traffic I’ve received in the past has been from sites like The Christian Left, ForwardSTL, and Google. All three of those sent tons of traffic to my old blog, Haphazard Girl.
So what’s the verdict, people? Is a Twitter handle attached to a share button on a blog really that necessary? Is Twitter, in general, necessary for blogging success? I think no, but apparently a few other people think it is.
Let me know what you think by commenting below.
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