What’s the deal with Twitter?

I’ve had discussions with several people about blogging and Twitter. Some people just don’t get it. They wonder, “What’s the point?”

I’ve tried to explain my point of view and tell them that Twitter is a social networking site where you can connect with people who have similar interests.

Then, of course, there’s “What’s a blog?” And I have to confess it wasn’t that long ago that I asked that exact same question. A blog can be just about anything you want it to be, but it, too, is a Web tool for keeping in touch with other people—or getting in touch with new acquaintances who share your interests.

Some people will never understand what a blog or micro-blog is. Some people will never understand (or if they do understand, never take an interest in) Twitter. To be interested in what Twitter is all about, you have to have an interest in being social. Some people have never been and will never be comfortable putting any part of themselves out there to share with others and don’t care to chat with “strangers.”

And then there’s: “OK, I’m here on Twitter; now what?” That’s where I started. Now what? Make Twitter whatever you want it to be. If you just want to follow celebrities and see what they’re chattering about – do that. If you want to connect with fellow bibliophiles – do that. If you want to discuss politics – do that. The possibilities are virtually endless… with infinite interests come infinite possibilities!

Me, I kind of like the idea of showing the world the “man behind the curtain” (not to be taken literally, folks!) with both the Antique Trader blog and now Twitter. And I like to see what’s going on in our vast, vast world of antiques and collectibles. (Here’s the perfect opportunity for me to throw this in: Vintage fashion fans have so much FLAIR!)

Antique Trader has been on Twitter for a few weeks now, and I have to tell you: There’s a great bunch of folks out there in cyberspace with some valuable insights into the antiques and collectibles world.

The world is all “atwitter” about Twitter. If you haven’t checked it out or just didn’t know where to start, try here: http://twitter.com/antiquetrader

You’ll see posts from Antique Trader as well as all those great folks we’re following so far. Follow us and that’s our cue that you want us to follow you too! Let’s build a fantastic network of antiques and collectibles enthusiasts!

— Posted by Karen Knapstein

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