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9th February 2009, 10:19 PM
Well everybody else seems to be doing it.

I have set up Whatconsumer on Twitter. If that is something you are into you can twit us here:

Twitter / whatconsumer (

They call it microblogging, the only benefit I can think of is that you can get SMS updates of new posts on What Consumer for free on your phone.


17th February 2009, 11:59 PM
I started using twitter a week ago after much nagging from a work colleague. I didn't get the point but I'm now addicted!

As it's so simple (one of the things that I didn't originally understand about it... you just tell people what you're doing in 140 characters and that's it?) I can easily update what I'm doing, or even better what my son's doing, on my mobile phone. I think you'll either love it or hate it.

Anyway, just clicked to follow!

18th February 2009, 07:21 PM
Tony, could you do headline updates on key issues featured on the site - that might be really useful?

18th February 2009, 09:31 PM
If I have time lol - at the moment it is an automatic feed reader...

30th April 2009, 09:37 AM
I twitter a fair old bit, but mainly conversationally. Once you realise that the celebs tend to chatter with each other, (rather than us Plebeians!) it's a good place to hook up with other people with shared interests. Unlike Facebook, where you keep in touch with friends (although you can join groups), it is really easy to do a 'Twitsearch' for subject specifics. However, once you make evident an interest, expect to be followed by all manner of media marketing Twitterers! I follow Deepak Chopra and Russel Grant (don't ask!) and every day, someone wants me to follow them so I can get their gems of trite wisdom spooled to me!
For snippets that you might want to follow up though, news from What Consumer would be great. I'm following!

30th April 2009, 09:16 PM
Do you know I have been trying it recently but really cant get into it - what am I doing wrong?

30th April 2009, 09:23 PM
You're probably not doing anything 'wrong' kris1anne, it's not for everyone.

As I said in an earlier post, I find it easy to update on my son's development and make other observations that my wife/friends might like to know.

Emailing pics from my phone whilst I was on holiday last week was amazingly easy, and today I went for a walk on my lunch break and took a picture of the Matthew (Welcome to The Matthew ( that is currently out of the water and being spruced up and posted it to Twitter since I figured it was something different in my day.

Others track their expenditure on Twitter (obviously not with a public profile!)

You never know, one day you might find how it works for you. I think it's different for everyone!

18th June 2009, 03:25 PM
I am using Twitter for a while now and I really really love it. I think this platform is a great idea.

5th July 2009, 05:45 PM
We now have 774 followers on twitter which seems good. Not sure how many are "get rich quick" scammers though.


5th August 2009, 10:39 AM
Others track their expenditure on Twitter (obviously not with a public profile!)

13th August 2009, 08:14 PM
Tony, what is a get rich quick scammer and is there any chance of me becoming one? :)

15th August 2009, 06:22 PM
I tried twitter, and I was so annoyed by its inability to do more, that I actually started hating it ... and then only a couple of weeks ago David Cameron the Leader of the Opposition, used a rude word or two to describe tweets and twitters ... maybe its time to try it again.

But like people have already said, I found when I used it before, alsorts of people and organisations wanted to follow me ... and then the people I wanted to follow were being drowned in tweets from those who I didn't want.

Maybe twitter needs some who is disciplined ... can I rise to the challenge and be disciplined? can I use Twitter to the benefit of me and members of this forum?

I guess I'll go back to twitter, and give it another go, and clear out all those american chat show hosts and politicians, and see if my tweeting experience is more pleasurable this time.

31st August 2009, 10:21 PM
It's something I realise I'm going to have to get into. I think that ignorance is what is making me fearful and there's nothing for it but to jump in head first and see what all the fuss is really about. I did set one up a while ago but I became quite nervous about some of the strange people that for some reason were wanting to follow me!

31st August 2009, 10:34 PM
I really don't get the hype surrounding twitter, but heard today on BBC Radio 5 Live's breakfast show, that Nicky Campbell (BBC Watchdog) has his own twitter page, its Nicky Campbell (NickyAACampbell) on Twitter ( ... only heard him talk about it today and he has over 970 followers already ... maybe he'll plug What Consumer ... or maybe not, he might see it as competition.

31st August 2009, 10:37 PM
You can always make your profile private if you wish to. Stops all those odd people following you....

If you do give it another go Rachelle feel free to send me a personal message and I'll give you my Twitter feed details. Then you can see just how banal my life can be.... ;)

2nd September 2009, 09:31 PM
I've just declined 17 young ladies wanting to show me naked pics on twitter, because every single one was a link to a pay site, pay to register, then gets loads of rubbish sent to you.

I'm not going private on twitter ... yet ... but the time may come when I need too.

I've just updated my name on twitter too - I'm finally getting the hang of it. I'm now michael2lewis

3rd September 2009, 04:16 PM
Michael, the bonus is that even if they add you, until you follow them back it won't affect you in anyway.

28th September 2009, 09:45 PM
Chutspah - thanks for that. Actually it's good to hear that your life is mundane as I think that might be what I find offputting about Twitter - that I am expected to regale entertaining tales of what's been going on when in fact .... although I have to say on Saturday I was covered in ashes, running away from the Fire of London. Great work as an extra on a set! Huge fun. Not huge money though. Oh well!

28th September 2009, 09:45 PM
Sorry, ignore the s. I meant z. They're quite close. :)

28th September 2009, 09:46 PM
Ah, it wasn't due to your cooking then?

28th September 2009, 09:50 PM
a tv extra? that sounds interesting ...

30th September 2009, 12:02 PM
I have developed a new addiction ... Twitter ... I have TweetDeck installed on my pc, and three twitter accounts ... I might need some help with this addiction.

3rd October 2009, 10:51 PM
You definitely do need help! That's shocking! I'm obviously going to have to get into it again to try and see what the fuss was all about second time around. (First time I just didn't get it but maybe I've matured technically speaking?). And yes, being an extra was great - I thoroughly recommend it if you don't mind being covered in ash, being paid a paltry amount and are up for a laugh. I would definitely do it again. So any budding directors out there here I am ...