Friday, August 29, 2008

Twitter Dee and Twitter Dum

As some of you might know, I tweet. No, it's not a speech defect. I'm one of the zillions of people who write up to 140 characters at a time about whatever is going on at the moment. Such as "Does someone give Wolf Blitzer a cookie every time he says 'the best political team on TV?'" or "I just ate a pickle. I hate pickles." Or someone was tweeting from the floor of the DNC convention. Then I found myself looking for her during the crowd shots on TV. 

Waste of time? Sure is. But fast and more entertaining than I thought it would be. And like I have anything better to do. So I was all fine with my tweets until I read this blog post about why people "unfriend" others on twitter. And now I'm concerned--are my tweets interesting enough? (Probably not.) Will I get a notice that someone dropped me as a friend? How will I feel about that? (Meh, I don't think I'll care.) 

But if you tweet, check out her post. It's good to know.


Polenth said...

Someone who spams a tweet once every minute may get removed, but I won't remove the average person. I don't expect them to notice me, so it's more of a bonus if they do. But I'm not using social networks to keep in touch with a small circle of friends. I see them as a way to expand my contacts.

I think the key thing is not to get upset if someone has a different reason for using a network.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy!
Nice to meet you. Hang and watch for a while. Polenth is right, everyone uses Twitter differently. Some use it to make noise-- some to just listen. It's a great place to study humanity.

Twitters anything, but a waste of time. Products get pitched and business gets conducted. Networks of clients extend and expand.

Now, I've met you because of it. :)

The key is like all blogging platforms -- if we're there for the same reasons we'll stay connected.

Thanks for noticing what I wrote. Really enjoyed what you had to say about it.

WendyCinNYC said...

Polenth, your tweets are always enjoyable. Glad to "follow" you.

I signed up for twitter on a whim--someone was posting about it on Absolute Write, so I just joined in. I can see that LOTS of people use it to expand contacts. They use it on some CNN shows and I have Johns Hopkins University as a follower, of all things.

So you are right, Liz. I guess I do use it to stay connected. And thanks for letting me link to your blog!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Interesting. I've only recently come to understand the Twitter thing, and considered doing it myself. I'll have to give it some more thought... Sounds entertaining!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

I've yet to take the Twitter plunge. I get too addicted to these things!

Joanne said...

omg, I'm afraid if I start with twitter, I'll never get off the computer! Not sure how it all works, but have been hearing a lot about it lately. Can you brief me here?

WendyCinNYC said...

Just you wait, Janna, Melanie, and Joanne. You'll be twittering right along with me.

There's really not much to it--you sign up, people start to "follow" you, and you all brief each other as to what's going on at that particular moment, 140 characters at a time.

So if you want to know what maestrowork thinks about pickles or astonwest is working on, jump in!

(and welcome back, Melanie!)

Melanie Hooyenga said...

It's probably easier if you have a cell phone, right? Otherwise my broadcasts would be boredcasts: I'm sitting at the computer. Chatting on AW. Updating twitter... lol.