#hopeless

12 Apr

tumblr_inline_mkx7ziRwCA1r79k32 Let’s talk about Twitter for a moment. It confuses me. I don’t understand it. I find it to be a constant source of Internet frustration for me.

When it first came on the scene, I stuck my English major nose up in the air and thought that its short-form expression would never last. Now it’s kind of a big deal. It’s everywhere, and I still just don’t get it.

A good friend of mine helped me sign up a couple of months ago and was patient enough to answer a bunch of questions. But it still confuses me, and I have yet to tweet anything. I’ve thought long and hard about what to tweet, what to say, and I’m at a complete loss.

I occasionally look at the Twitter app on my phone and read what other people have tweeted, but I still don’t get it. Are people having conversations with one another? What’s with ReTweeting? The tagging, the hashtagging, the mentionings, the back and forth! I’m soooo confused.

I feel as an aspiring writer I should get more comfortable with the format as it is important for self-promotion. But Internet self-promotion is something I have never been able to master. Most of my friends become shocked to find out that I have a blog as I never promote it on facebook. I just have it humbly listed under my websites on my about page, and it is my status on gchat. That’s it. I’m not comfortable with self-promotion, but I know it’s only hurting me in the long run. I really should get over that.

I digress! Twitter! Help me! What should I tweet? How do I do it? What should I know? Can anyone out there in the Internets help a girl out?!

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3 Responses to “#hopeless”

  1. Erin Sandbach April 13, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Haha! I feel the same way about twitter. I can’t figure out who’s talking to who and who is actually making the comment. It kinda drives me batty. I’ve had an account for about 3 years now and have yet to tweet my first tweet.

  2. kate April 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    “I may as well tell you what I like about Twitter: it’s like being on an email list of everyone you think has something interesting to say (you choose who is on the list) — every poster is succinct and the message is the subject line (so no wondering whether to open an email that says “Help needed”) — and you never have to delete any messages or feel guilty about the ones you missed. There’s still room for interaction, retweets act like star ratings, and there are links to more in-depth analysis if you’re interested. It’s efficient and fun.” –Library Journal

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