Pie’s On Twitter!March 1, 2013
I’m on Twitter… what have I done?
After dancing around the idea and reading up on the pros and cons, I finally took the plunge late last year and signed up. It’s another avenue of blog promotion of course, but I also wanted to be part of the Twitterverse in general. There’s so much you can do: follow the news; see what your favourite celebrities are up to; be inspired by interesting quotes, articles and music; voice your opinions, and generally waste a lot of time.
I have decided Twitter is more dangerous than Facebook for two reasons: 1) It’s more immediate, giving plenty to opportunity to tweet before you think, and 2) It’s an even bigger popularity contest, shattering egos with each unfollow. One of the benefits of being Officially Old™ is that I don’t care about collecting thousands of followers, which is just as well, as my current follower count at the time of writing is an earth shattering 44. Having said that, I remember the excitement of finding my 140-character nonsense retweeted and favourited for the first time. It’s been happening regularly since then, which just goes to show you don’t have to be a big fish to make an impact.
My big thing at the moment is tweeting about favourite TV shows with fellow fans. It’s a strange thing to tweet while you’re watching a show, particularly subtitled ones (I’m currently watching the French cop drama ‘Spiral’ on BBC4), but it does feel like a community for an hour or two. My fingers would’ve been on fire if I’d been on Twitter at the time of the 2012 Olympics. The Eurovision Song Contest is coming soon. I’m getting ready…
I feel sorry for celebrities sometimes. People are always asking them to retweet about their wheely dog charity, or something. They’d look mean if they didn’t, though I’m sure most would do it anyway. The really odd ones are those who ask for a retweet of a birthday wish to their great aunt Ada, or little Johnny. I know Twitter brings you closer to your favourite celebrity, but not that close. One person randomly mentioned Jamie Bulger’s birthday in their retweet request in the hope a particular celebrity would follow through. I was left blinking at the screen when I saw that one.
So there you have it. I’ll either be on this Twitter thing for a long time, or it’ll do my head in and I’ll leave sharpish. If you want to follow me, marvel at my mastery of 140 characters and respond in kind, you’re more than welcome. I’m @shortcrustpie. See you in the Twitterverse!