If you asked me a 6 months ago what my opinion of Twitter was, I would have told you that it was the most useless and annoying website I have EVER encountered. Seriously, I thought that the concept of a website that LIMITED your posts to a length of 140 characters was, in a way, strangely oppressive… When I read a tweet for the first time, I was certain that Twitter was part of a conspiracy to degrade the English Language to something like Newspeak.
THIS is what I believed ALL TWEETS looked like based off of that first one:
“LOL todaii was lyk t0tally swAggin i g0t drunk AF!”
Reading garbage like that has always caused me to CRINGE… While I would never want to be an English major and have to spend hours studying grammar-related vocabulary, I am definitely one of those who would love to see the quality of people’s writing increase. The majority of tweets I read had such terrible grammar that I couldn’t even speak them out loud without laughing myself to tears. I felt as if tweeting would degrade my brain into some kind of gooey pink mush, rendered incapable of forming simple sentences, let alone grammatical or well-thought-out ones.
(Insert picture of melting brain that’s probably too graphic for most people here)
When I started my YouTube account about 7 or 8 months ago, I spent a lot of nights staying up, thinking about how I could utilize social networking sites to share my videos with others on the internet. Facebook has always been a great way to get the word out to people, but I knew that there were other websites and more effective strategies out there than simply posting them on my Facebook wall and hoping people would find them. While looking for solutions, I realized that pretty much EVERY celebrity or politician that I knew of had a personal Twitter account. If you look back at that “LOL todaii” tweeting example earlier in this entry, you’ll probably think the same thing that I did… “Would people who type like THAT really give a damn about anything I’d have to post?”.
6 months later, I can tell you that there are definitely people out there who will. I’ve got almost 300 followers and they actually talk to me :) That’s really nice because I find the stuff that they tweet to be worth reading. haha There are people out there with good grammar. There are Twitter accounts that focus primarily on providing their followers with news or famous quotes, horoscopes, and other cool stuff like that. There’s seriously something for EVERYONE to see. It’s a website that allows you to easily keep track of the people that you find interesting, in real-time.
Here’s some things I’d like to say about my experience on Twitter so far:
- It took me a REALLY long time to get a good number of followers. Like, right now, I have 280. The number fluctuates up and down from day to day… It took me 3 months just to break 100.
- Twitter has a ton of traditions. LEARN THEM and you will enjoy it much more! Follow Fridays, using hashtags, shoutouts, FollowBack, Teams, all of that… It’s really useful to know.
- Make friends :) You can gain followers and friends through something as simple as replying to one of their tweets, retweeting one of their tweets, or giving them a shoutout or a promo!
- Those who retweet get retweeted ;)
- Follow people with similar interests. For example, I follow a LOT of people who are in the MCRmy (those are fans of My Chemical Romance) or have Tumblrs. I find them a lot easier to relate with :)
- Lists are REALLY useful for being able to keep up with people’s tweets by categorizing them, but barely anyone uses them! :( I feel that Twitter should put something out that promotes them a little bit better.
There are 300 MILLION Twitter users on the internet. That means that there’s tons of people out there that will take time out of their day to read what you have to say. Some of them are probably reading this post right now because they saw it on their Timeline ;) (If you are, you’re awesome! Thanks for clicking the link :) Feel free to check out the rest of my blog entries!)
But yeah, I guess the point of this post is just to say that Twitter is NOT EVIL and is definitely something more people should give a chance! 140 characters isn’t as limiting as you’d think. For me, it simply changes the way I write. When I tweet, I get straight to the point! As you can see, I like to be a little bit more descriptive on my blog. It might seem like there’s “no point” to it, but I learned to really like Twitter as I continued to use it. Sure, you’ve got to read a few tweets with bad grammar, but there are people on this website with some really fantastic minds and wonderful personalities. Do your best to search them out :)