I've survived my first tweet-week! I wasn't sure I would. After all, most of us get caught in social media time-sucks too much already. Heck, I put more time into this blog than I'd ever outright admit so I thought the last thing I needed was to fall asleep in the nest of a deceptively innocuous little bluebird.
But, so far, I like it! It didn't take nearly as long to learn about hashtags and retweets as I thought. And I've already learned a few other things, too.
1. No one account should be allowed to gobble up more than 30% of your stream. I was following a person I admire but couldn't tolerate her thirty-plus tweets (sometimes double) in a six hour period.
2. Retweeting is your friend. I cannot tell you how much interesting content I've shared and I love doing so. I only share if there aren't already a million retweets and there is value.
3. Writing tweets aren't the only thing I post. Yes, I write about writing but also find myself posting little poems and other things like admitting I enjoy watching professional wrestling.
4. Finding people and content on topics that interest you is easy. I find it difficult to locate other writers on blogger.com and often resort to perusing the lists of followers other writers have.
5. It makes me word-conscious. Brevity is certainly not my strength but, perhaps after a few thousand tweets, I'll be decent at it.
Now, don't get me wrong, not everything is perfect. I hate the confines sometimes (like with my full name). I still haven't figured out how to shrink URLs; I understand there's another website involved, but still. Scrolling advertisements (accounts that auto post frequently and persuade me to buy) suck.
And #lastnotleast #tweets with too many #hashtags really #annoyme.
But, even with all that, a little birdie has glided into my life and I'm smiling.
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