10 reasons why Brits love Twitter


So it is official, Brits absolutely love the micro blogging (no I
don’t know what that means either) service Twitter. According to online trend
watchers Hitwise UK Internet traffic to Twitter has increased 10-fold
over past last 12 months.
As techy gospel UKTechCrunch notes
UK Internet traffic to the website has increased by a staggering 974%
over this period. Hitwise also admits that Twitter is probably even
more popular than its numbers imply, as Hitwise is only measuring
traffic to the main Twitter website, not access via mobile (it’s big
on the iPhone, I can tell you) or third party applications like
Twitterrific and Tweetdeck.
So why is this? It is obvious why Twitter is growing on the other side
of The Pond
1 The Yanks invented it 2 Culturally Americans are not afraid of
sharing their plans, achievements and disappointments. 3 They have
just had their May1st 1997 – a one time moment of political optimism which is made
for sharing over 140 charactars.
But why then do us Brits love it so much? Well here are the results of
our scientific survey of an office full of Twitter devotees
1 We did kind of invent it – Except it was called text messaging and
was used on mobiles and you only shared with one person. The American
never got texting the way we did so maybe Twitter is their text
2 As a nation we aren’t that demonstrative – Stiff upper lips and all
that. One of the reasons why blogging isn’t as big over here is that
we really don’t have that much to say. 140 charactars give us more
than enough words to express ourselves.
3 Moaning about the weather – Our national pastime and with Twitter we
can talk about our favourite topic with a large group of people
instantly. Brilliant!
4 Celeb stalking – Ok, so I might not be too bothered about what Philip Schofield has for
breakfast, but Brits do love to find out about their lives of their
favourite celebs. Interesting to note that Stephen Fry now has more
Twitter followers than either of the heavyweight Yanks Scoble or Calacanis.
5 Public transport – In British cities this is obviously completely
shit, so what better way to let the entire world know that you are few
minutes late because you have ducked intoStarbucks are waiting for the non existent bus
6 We love mobiles – And those all you can eat data tariffs mean that
we can happily let the world know our every move without having to
worry too much about the cost
7 Queuing – Well we are used to be being a little patient, so
Twitter’s consistent down time doesn’t annoy us as much as it would
say the Italians.
8 No ads – Yep it is almost a public services, a bit like the BBC. We
are used to that
9 Flirting – We perfected the art of the flirty text years ago.
Twitter enables us to take that coy but complimentary comment to
another level.
10 We are too busy to blog – Allright so our economy might be going
down the toilet but most of us are still wedded to that old Brit work
ethic. So while we might not have the time to blog we can def find
just enough time to tweet


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