Why is Twitter such a great social media platform?
Because while Facebook and Instagram scream, “Look at me!”, Twitter says, “Think about this.”
With Twitter, the focus is on ideas. People share things that are interesting and connect over issues that are important. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and even Pinterest focus on people or possessions. It reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Of course, Twitter can be abused and used for banal or nefarious purposes, but I believe there’s a vibrant culture of people who are willing to engage, share, and help each other on Twitter. On other social media sites, not so much.
(BTW, if you’re thinking about joining Twitter or looking for a better way to experience it on your mobile device, I suggest using Tweetbot. It’s hands down the best app on my iPhone.)