I paid one of my occasional visits to Twitter today. I was mainly inspired by receiving lots of e mails, telling me that I had been mentioned in tweets. Whilst not quite as exciting perhaps, as being ‘Mentioned In Despatches’, it does lend itself to a frisson of interest about who, why, and where.
I should start by saying, that as far as Twitter goes, I am small fry. Well, not even fry really, more like a fish egg. No, that’s still too large. Let’s decide that I am one of the atoms that make up Twitter’s whole. As such, I generally go unnoticed, and as I only look at it about once every two weeks, I suppose I only have myself to blame. I have sent 875 tweets. As this includes promoting hundreds of posts from my blog, I would agree that a realistic number of actual tweets, is probably below 300. From what I can judge, some people are tweeting (or re-tweeting, or favouriting) that many in an hour. I have a welcome clan of 36 followers, and I follow 52 other people on Twitter. Many fairly ordinary people have tens of thousands of followers. Stars and celebrities have millions, which I suppose is to be expected.
The problem is, I just don’t really get it. I can’t keep up with it either. Since I started writing this, I have had 9 new notifications already. Imagine how many those with a massive following must receive. It doesn’t bear thinking about. There are lots of news items, hundreds of photos, and many opinions on what is going on in the world. But it’s all too short, too bite-sized, undeveloped, and sketchy. You have to clink links to read more, and before you realise it, you have ten windows tabs open. Then you click back on Home, and you have another 20 tweets to catch up with, before you have even read the first link! I also get notified about tweets where my name is on a list along with many others. I confess that I am at a loss what to do, as there seems to be no link to follow. Then there are the kind people who re-tweet something I have written to thousands, literally thousands, of their followers. You are very kind, and I apologise profusely for not reciprocating.
It is as much as I can do to manage my blog, answer all the comments, comment on the posts on other blogs, and still have time to walk the dog, and cook dinner. I just don’t know how you all manage it, though I am guessing that smartphones, and quick fingers, play a big part. So, a message to everyone who sends me a tweet, or mentions me in one. Sorry, I am not really with it. Maybe it’s an age thing, or there are just not enough hours in the day. A very big Thank You to everyone who has ever re-tweeted anything from my blog, or a tweet that I have sent. It is appreciated very much indeed. Pete.