When I first heard about Twitter, I thought it sounded ridiculous.
I have enough trouble with editing, and typically have to shave off entire paragraphs to get my blog posts to a reasonable length. How was I ever going to get something meaningful into 140 characters or less? Then I would read celebrity tweets in “Us Weekly” and I would laugh. Who cares what Ashton Kutcher eats for breakfast? Definitely not me.
As it turned out, like so many things, I was wrong.
A friend explained to me that he used Twitter in lieu of business cards, that it was an easy way to connect people to his writing as well as his contact info. That was probably the first time I considered entering the Twitter universe, and mainly because he made it sound so efficient. I’d send you to a link to his blog, but he currently writes in invisible typeface…
Since a lot of other bloggers also use Twitter, I figured I’d try it out. I certainly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it. I figured it would be an easy and painless way to market the blog. I told myself I wouldn’t be obnoxious about it, that I wouldn’t expect people to follow me, and I wouldn’t spam people with ridiculous levels of self-promotion. Instead, I would use it efficiently, as a way of keeping track of blogs and writing resources. Essentially, I would use it for networking.
Again, I was wrong. As it turns out I LOVE Twitter, particularly when used inefficiently. Basically Twitter is where I say everything I’d normally just forget. It’s great for those moments when you’re sitting at a doctor’s office or a soccer game with nothing else to do. I don’t think it’s a particularly great place for deep introspective thinking, but it’s linked to me to a lot of interesting content that I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
One of the first links that I found was to a speech given by author Susan Orlean. She described Twitter as “creative” and “great for procrastination”. Being a master of procrastination myself, I now understand why I love Twitter so much. Creative procrastination, anyone?
There are still a lot of things I don’t understand about social media. I’ve figured out Twitter lists, which I initially thought were some form of internet voodoo, but I have yet to master the subtweet. I also haven’t figured out HubPages, Klout, or Huffington Post “fanning”. I still have a lot to learn, but the girl who preferred letters written with a quill pen? She’s gone now. She’s busy taking pictures of quill pens and posting them on Instagram.
For those who follow me on Twitter, you should know the following:
- I’m told this is all wrong, but I do NOT follow everyone who follows me. Instead I check out their tweets and/or follow all the clever folks I already know, which helps keep things more manageable. It’s happenstance that my numbers are usually the same.
- I hate hardcore marketing, and attempt to keep things very low-key, but…
- I do try to retweet things that are interesting, funny, and/or useful.
- I often favorite tweets rather than outright saying thank you, but I totally appreciate how nice you all are!
- Lastly, I don’t participate in Friday Follow out of laziness. (Since I’m too lazy to check out a bunch of new people all at once, I assume others are also too lazy.) I am far more apt to follow someone who’s a clever twit, so I prefer to directly retweet people.