Can I just say.. I LOVE TWITTER !
It was a struggle to get me involved and I turned my nose up at it for a long time as I just couldn’t see the point.
A bit like Facebook and LinkedIn. I’ve recently signed up to them too but not with any enthusiasm. Facebook is a convenient place to put photos I fancy sharing, but it feels like such a waste of time scrolling through and reading what everyone has been up to. I usually just read whatever is at the top of my timeline when I visit, which is pretty rare in itself..
As for LinkedIn, I keep thinking it will be a good way to find a job but I guess, I need to actually involve myself with it and put on an extensive CV….rather than just my name and nothing else!
But Twitter is different !
I noticed about eighteen months ago, that my colleagues were keeping in touch with breaking news by following Twitter and so when I expressed a vague interest in how it worked, one of them took me aside and showed me all its uses…..and I was hooked!
Initially, I just stalked a few people and companies and then I started putting out a few tweets about news stories I was working on and now I regularly treat the world to my personal insights and although I haven’t got a huge following, I feel like I’m part of a community.
At first, I was a bit disappointed that I enjoyed it so much, as I wanted to maintain my curmudgeonly attitude to it all. But it’s OK as I can still do that with Facebook !
The thing is, I totally get Twitter as a work aide but now I’m not working anymore, I obviously don’t use it for that and so I really don’t understand the pleasure I get in announcing that I’m about to watch #Jamie Oliver. Who cares? Well, the replies I get back saying “me too” suggest some do !!
I’ve been trying to work out recently exactly what the appeal is, and for me anyway, I think it’s the following:
– it makes watching telly so much more fun as there is often someone talking about whatever it is I’m watching
– it has resulted in new real-life friendships
– it offers fascinating insights into people’s lives
– it often makes me laugh out loud, which can be embarrassing as I usually read it when I’m on a bus or a train
– the 140 characters limit forces writers to be concise with their points and not waffle on and on
– it has kept me in touch with major news (and gossip!) now that I’m not working anymore
– I can drop in any time, join a conversation and then just leave without saying goodbye, and no one thinks that’s rude (well, I hope they don’t!)
– I find myself chatting to people from different countries, of different ages and from a variety of backgrounds that I certainly wouldn’t meet naturally
Now, on the negative side, I also follow a few celebrities. But I keep falling into the trap of thinking when they tweet, somehow they are interested in my response …amongst the thousands of others they get ! And then I feel stupid that I replied, and that everyone can see what I sent, even though I’m not doing it as a pathetic fan desperate for their attention but as someone they may remember who has perhaps interacted with them in the past ….even if only for a few minutes!! I really must realise that they won’t and just stop doing that.
Of course, the blogging community has now opened up a whole new realm of people to follow so if you notice an unfamiliar reader responding to your tweets, it’s probably ME !!