twitter deficiency.

25 02 2010

remember that time 4 months ago when i was lamenting about how i had lost 2 of my 6 twitter followers, and feeling very pitiful about the whole situation? well, things have turned around a bit. not only do i now have 120 followers (still sort of sad, but a distinct improvement), but i have also become a complete twitter whore. neither of these facts are probably of any real interest to most of you, but in my slutting it up all over the twitterverse (twittersphere? twittopolis?), i’ve learned a few things worth sharing:

1. don’t be scared. despite the fact that justin bieber has never not been a trending topic, twitter is not just for the youngins. actually, this article clearly shows that twitter is for grownups. so take that .

2. yeah sure i can use twitter to tell people that my dog’s farts smell like peanuts, or that i just got a bitchin high score on guitar hero. but more and more people are actually using twitter to send out  news stories, or start discussions, or to promote businesses, seminars, and networking groups. the point is that twitter right now is more thoughtful than you think. twitter is saying things that you want to hear (with a little bit about dog farts on the side).

3. but still, why am i bothering with this shameless twitter pimp? well, just about every coupon blog lady on the continent has one. instead of having to keep up with a roll call of bookmarks and daily website visits, or copious email subscriptions, you can give a quick scroll through their daily tweets- blatantly ignoring the ones that don’t interest you. find out what’s free, what’s on sale, what’s worth doing, what’s not worth doing… pick a topic- it’s all there (especially justin bieber). in the last frew months since i got my tweet on, i have:

1. been reminded that i needed to opt in to get a full size bottle of shampoo from vocalpoint.

2. learned that there was vegetarian broccoli cheddar soup @ a local coffee house that i had never been to.

3. had goodwill tweet me the color of the week, and marden’s let me know when the good stuff has arrived.

4. said something clever enough that my mommyblog hero (mindi cherry @ mom’s need to know) started following me! (spoiler- it involved hardcore hamster sex)

5. learned about a kick ass twitter management program called hootsuite. (thanks josh!)

6. been contacted by the reporter who would eventually interview me for the press herald.

7. found out that there was a monthly tweetup where my twitter friends materialize into real people.

8. been informed that the review i wrote got posted on the counter at peanut butter jelly time.

ok, so i meant for there to be 10 points, but it’s late and i just ran out of big love, so i’m going to bed. but i think my message is still clear. twitter is about connecting. whether it’s with deals, or locals, or just people who have something good to say… it has the potential to save you time, and money, and give you a reason to think or laugh. it’s everything interesting that the day has to offer, all rolled up into bite size (140 character) chunks. and you can keep the dog fart level as high or as low as you want.  come on, you’re missing it!!!

for my fellow twit-hos, who’s your favorite follow? (and how can i be following you?)

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14 responses

25 02 2010
JChristie

Portland has an awesome community of Twitterers. My favorite local peeps to follow are probably GriffinClubMerv and VideoSawyer. And now you, of course :-p

Very cool to see that Marden’s and Goodwill are on Twitter!

25 02 2010
bessmarvin

damn straight. i have so much twitter envy for all the awesomeness that goes on, i don’t know where to put it. i’m already a hardcore merv follower, but i will be checking out video sawyer right…now. thanks for the tip!

25 02 2010
Kate @ The Blueberry Files

Ack, your blog is so entertaining. I just decided to start tweeting for MY blog and… don’t have much to say. Except, look, I posted a new post! But that’s kinda weird and self-referential, like a snake eatings it’s own tail. Anyhoos… I’ll follow you now!

25 02 2010
bessmarvin

thank you! i also find your blog entertaining. although your home made marshmallows bummed me out a lot because i don’t eat gelatin. so beautiful! the twitter thing has taken me a while to figure out, and i’m still not sure i’m doing it right. a good mix of re-tweeting things that i find interesting (or funny, or relevant), occasional blog posts, and occasional random/humorous observations seems to be working out. i think the key is finding the right audience, and then establishing a balance between tweeting too much (so annoying!), and tweeting too little (it’s easy to get lost). portland actually has a great pool of very active tweeters. it’s kind of awesome how many people actually have things worth saying. p.s. i’ll follow you right back!

25 02 2010
Beckdoobster

Most of the people who follow me on Twitter are half naked women – but it makes me feel loved and that’s all that matters. I’m so lazy, I just have it set up so my Facebook feed goes to Twitter. I’ll remember to follow you when I log on again – but since I’m so friggin lazy, that probably won’t be until like July, so don’t get mad at me. I’ve become a true Masshole but I do love me some good Maine blogging. That picture of Twitter cigs makes me want to smoke a clove.

26 02 2010
bessmarvin

who doesn’t love half naked women? i’m just glad that my followers have finally gone into the double digits. i promise not to be mad at you, even if you never follow me on twitter. i’m a no pressure kind of gal. hey, now that you’re a masshole, are you a terrible driver? but seriously, you’re still new england. you’re still on the team! without mass, maine wouldn’t have any sports teams to root for (or cape cod potato chips). although you should come visit some day for some red hot dogs and moxie, get your main-ah on. i’m gonna have to caution against the clove cigarettes though. we’re not in college anymore, and last time i smoked one it made me wicked sick.

25 02 2010
chris

my favorite is shitmydadsays, he only posts every few days, but that is some seriously funny shit he says

26 02 2010
bessmarvin

i love shitmydadsays!! for a long time, that was one of the very first twitters i ever followed. i hear they’re making it into a sitcom. god i hope they don’t totally ruin it. seems like it has the potential to be pretty awful.

26 02 2010
Jessica

Chris-That guy is hilarious, love him on FB 🙂

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