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  • #55440
    shelldrake
    Participant

    I have a couple of twitter accounts for each of my hobbies, and unlike other hobbies, it seems twitter is mainly used by wargaming stores/compaines/this forum to pass on news.

    The other accounts I have are very active, with news and discussion about the hobby, but it seems to be very quiet when it comes to wargaming.

    I was thinking of playing a ‘play by twitter’ game: I post photos and results, and followers give the orders for a game, but given how quiet twitter is iwhen it comes to gamers, I don’t think anyone would notice there was a game on.

    Is twitter just another technology that people couldn’t be bothered with learning?

    #55441
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Only from a business POV and then only to direct traffic to here.
    Same for AB.

    #55443
    shelldrake
    Participant

    I am one of the followers for TWW, and one of the very few that likes and retweets, and even then not all of the time based on the topic.

    #55444
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I am one of the followers for TWW, and one of the very few that likes and retweets,

    Knew I liked you..

     

    #55451
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    To get the best out of Twitter, I believe I need to invest a bit of my time to do so.   I barely keep up with my blog list and don’t spend as much time as I would like with Facebook.  So while I have investigated Twitter, I so not use it.

    #55452
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Nope.

     

    #55454
    PatG
    Participant

    Peripherally. I find the overall information stream is too much to keep up with.  I would say though that I pay attention to and interact the most with wargaming related posts.

    Edit I just went and looked at who I am following – it’s mostly war gaming related.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by PatG.
    #55456
    shelldrake
    Participant

    I actually find twitter faster and easier to use than my blog.

    I can take a photo and add some text and have it out in the world very quickly.

    If more people used it, I would probably leave my blogs and use twitter instead.

    And there is ‘tweet deck’ which lets you do so much more with twitter when it comes to sorting through the feeds.

    #55460
    MartinR
    Participant

    I use Twitter for professional activity and I wouldn’t want to use it for War gaming too. That is what Facebook is for:)

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #55473
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    No.  Facebook for personal and another account for war games.  Just rebooted my blog so we will see how serious I can be with that and a daily journal in 2017.

    #55556
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I confess to an absolute phobia about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. If it works for others, more power to them but added exposure, particularly socially, just creeps me out.  As an old fogey, using a very limited number of forums over a very limited hobby interest is about all the sharing I feel any urge to indulge in.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    #55557
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    No, just my Blog.

    #55849
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    Twitter is the wrong medium for a “slow” hobby such as wargaming.

    Twitter is at its best for discussing, reporting, reading, … current events. Twitter is not suited for content that you might as well read tomorrow, next week, or even several months from now.

    I think blogs are much more suited for reporting about your hobby.

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #55853
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Twitter is the wrong medium for a “slow” hobby such as wargaming. Twitter is at its best for discussing, reporting, reading, … current events. Twitter is not suited for content that you might as well read tomorrow, next week, or even several months from now.

    Totally agree, I find all asocial media to best for quick information bursts.
    They are great for quickly reaching lots of people, but then the message is lost in a flood of new messages and hard to find again.

     

    #55862
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    I could kinda sorta see the appeal of Twitter if it was being used more by miniatures gamers. I enjoy the sense of “flow” in the hobby community, in the sense that there’s always something new to see and be inspired by. New battle reports, new project updates, new “fresh off the workbench” paintjobs, and so on. To that end Twitter could, maybe, have been a useful tool if it had gained greater acceptance in the community, purely as a functionalistic, no-nonsense stream of updates funneled from all over the hobby collective. But it hasn’t, so I’m indifferent to it (unlike Facebook which I explicitly dislike due to its growth strategy which basically amounts to “join us or we’ll make you become left out of society”).

    I’m quite indifferent to Twitter outside of the hobby as well – too much noise, not enough signal. But at least I can still read Twitter and thus passively participate in the community it serves without having to be a registered user, which is way more than Facebook will let me do.

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