Saturday, 12 March 2011

Twitter...

Do you Tweet? How many Followers do you have and how many do you Follow?
According to Guardian.co.uk, Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen went from Twitter virgin to one million followers in under two and a half days!
I’ve always been rather more selective about counting my friends.
I have been sitting here at Mission Control (aka TweetDeck) for two weeks now and have managed to amass one hundred Followers or Tweeps (Twitter + people/peeps = new friends) and I’m feeling very privileged.
I have to admit to a few nerves as I launched my very first Tweet into the Twitter Steam but I need not have worried, as I was warmly received. It’s a strange world at first, and a bit like being plugged into a stream of conscious thought. I felt like Seven Of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager) being assimilated into the Collective of Borg.

You see, messages run in real time like tickertape down the screen and through your brain. Of course it has taken me a while to understand the protocol behind Tweets, ReTweets, Direct Messages and Hashtags but I’m slowly getting there. Are you keeping up?


My new friends are a wonderful cosmopolitan mix from all over the world; both everyday folk and celebrities. Although the celebrities don’t actually follow me back of course. There is a way, however, to have a celebrity like Stephen Fry, the Super Daddy of Twitter, to follow you. All you have to do is win an auction for TwitRelief on eBay. As I blog, the price for the lovely Stephen’s Follow is almost at £1000 - other celebrities are available and some are going cheap – or should that be Cheep?         Follow me at: @JaniceHorton.

18 comments:

Talli Roland said...

I love love LOVE Twitter! I've met so many great people!

Debs Carr said...

I love Twitter but our useless wireless connection means I can't connect to it when I'm in the shed #frustrating

Thankfully we're going to invest in a stronger wireless thingy, so hopefully I should be able to get back to Twitter far more often than I do now, which will no doubt also mean that I probably spend less time writing. #needdiscipline

Janice Horton said...

And I love love LOVE your Tweets, Talli!

Janice Horton said...

Mmm, I can see how it might be better NOT to have Shed HQ fitted with Twitter connection - as it's soooo not conducive to writing - BUT then it can't all be about work right?

Claire McComisky said...

I love Twitter too! There are many people who are happy to help with enquiries and pass on useful tips.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Claire, yes I agree, there is a real community on Twitter.

Catherine Miller said...

Lovely to see your blog, Janice and lovely to have met you via twitter!

How to agree with above comments - I love twitter!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Catherine ((waves!)) thank you for visiting blog land from twitterland - it's great fun that we can slip from one to the other like that isn't it?!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Fascinating post, Janice, but so far I've resisted tweeting - can hardly keep up with all the blogs, forums etc that I spend ages on each day!

Janice Horton said...

Rosemary - I'll give you a month and I bet you are a'twittering! xx

Pia said...

I like Twitter, but find it hard to keep up with everyone! I just don't have the time to read everything I'd like to, so have to dip in and out which can be a bit confusing. It's great fun though, I have to admit!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Pia - yes, Twitter is like speed dating with your friends isn't it? And great fun!

Cara Cooper said...

Hi Janice, I've been thinking about Twittering but not sure I could cope with yet another timesuck activity. There just aren't enough hours in a day!

Janice Horton said...

I know exactly what you mean Cara - it's certainly become a fun displacement activity for me!

Diana said...

I was slow going at twitter when I first started then got into the swing of it. It really is hard to keep up with all this stuff. I'm so behind on visiting blogs and twittering.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Diana - yes, I agree - it can be hard to keep up. My problem is that I find many of the tweets and links so compelling I don't want to miss any of them! Also, in a short time, I've met some really lovely and interesting people on Twitter.
Thx for your visit and comment.xx

Sarah Allen said...

Very nice thoughts :) I've been on Twitter for a while now, and I've enjoyed it very much. Its a great tool for networking and connecting with others with similar interests.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Janice Horton said...

Hi Sarah - thanks for the visit - I just popped over to your blog and found it so interesting. I've Followed and bookmarked.I hope to get to know you better. x