I am very close to hitting the ten thousand mark on my Twitter account. See?
Ten thousand tweets. Who knew I was so chatty?
Well, I’m really not. I mean, I joined the Twitterverse in August 2008, so it’s been seven years. Ten thousand tweets spread over seven years is not so much.
I did the math although I can’t swear I did it right. Ten thousand tweets over seven years works out to a .25 tweet per day.
A quarter of a tweet=35 characters per tweet.
This tiny sentence is 35 characters.
Most of my writer and blogger friends are active on Twitter, but to the unpersuaded, Twitter may seem frivolous and pointless. When I was a Twitter newbie I remember people making fun of it. “Why would I post about what I’m eating for breakfast,” scoffed some.
But that is not what Twitter is, although yes, you will find occasional tweets about breakfast (although Instagram would be the better platform for food porn). Twitter is much more than breakfast posts, and here are some reasons why I continue to be a fan.
Crafting a message in 140 characters is a good exercise for writers.
Speaking of writers, I’ve gotten to know so many of them on Twitter.
Twitter is often the most effective way to reach someone if you need a quick response (I’m looking at you, @ComcastCares).
It’s also the quickest way to get breaking news. Honestly.
Twitter makes the world seem so much smaller. You get to know people all across the universe.
Live tweeting an event, like the Oscars or The Bachelor/Bachelorette, is hilarious and usually way more fun than the event itself.
Connecting with someone you admire – a celebrity, e.g. – is definitely an unexpected treat. Getting a “favorite” or a retweet by a celebrity is cool, I’m not gonna lie.
Because I love word games, participating in a hashtag game on Twitter is a fun diversion when I need a break. This week I played along with one called #TenThingsYouNeverSaytoaWriter.
Group Tweet chats with like-minded Twitter users can be educational and are a great forum for networking.
Do you like Twitter? Why or why not?