Twitterpated (not!) (yet)

Blogging, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 13 April 2009 @ 12:21 AM 70 Comments

I’m frightened by Twitter.

Don’t really understand it,

neither the why nor how.

Several blogging friends

have tried to explain but I

just don’t get it.  Am I the

only one missing the boat?

@janniefunster, that’s me.

Seeking any and all advice

on why and how to tweet.

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  • 1

    On 14 April 2009 at 10:05 am

    Cathy said, 

    i’m tempted to try it, but i spend so much time on the computer as it is with blogging that i don’t need something else to get addicted to. :) Plus, i don’t think my life is so interesting that people will want to know I “ate chex cereal for breakfast” or “unloaded the dishwasher for the 2nd time today.”

    Cathy’s last blog post..The Cuteness Factor

  • 2

    On 14 April 2009 at 10:07 am

    Belle Bamford said, 

    I’m so with you on this Twitter thing sustah!

    Belle Bamford’s last blog post..WE HAVE A THIEF IN OUR HOUSE

  • 3

    On 14 April 2009 at 10:52 am

    Tess The Bold Life said, 

    I’ve been there a couple of times. Downloaded twitterdeck and am still working on getting it.

    I love Liara’s comment once again she saves the day.
    Don’t you love her!

    Tess The Bold Life’s last blog post..Magical Mondays Make Them 1/7 Of Your Life

  • 4

    On 14 April 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Patricia: It’s hard for me to imagine you being a failure at anything, let along Twitter. I will search on Barbara’s blog for that post on the Twitter aps, see if it’s a cup of tea I cannot live without. Thanks!!

    Karyn: I’ve really loved Facebook to get in touch with long-lost cousins and ones I didn’t even know I had! Maybe you could e-mail me who you are on Facebook, if you wish, and we’ll become freinds there?

    Miles: To I cannot imagine you being anywhere that brief on a blog post, but on Twitter it should be right up your alley of pithiness — as you always are here in these comments!

    Snag: Just seems a little weird to me. I love Liara Covert’s comment we can create want reality we want, decide to Tweet or not. I see, on that relaying news fast to a bunch of people. Barbara Swafford recommends Twitter to enhance your blog’s readership, so I am going to look into that aspect further and use my own judgement. Yay! I have judgement. And choices. I might even be master of my own ship.

    Cinderkeys: Thanks – I will for sure go check out your post. Twitter, Twitter wherefore art thou forsooth & such…

    Robbi: You fun guy. What’s this? Thee doest not have one of those dew-fangled cellular phones? You can get them without suitcases attached now. I’d love an i-phone, salivating actually. But that’s another post. So I coudl keep up with my Peeps 24 / 7. And this 25 cents a twit thing?? Wot’s that?? Who’s paying for such? (Loved the private joke!)

    Ching Ya: So happy to see your lovely smile here again. Yes, I guess it’s like most things, one has to dive right in, the same way we learn to use computers or blog in the first place, etc. I do have a question! Will e-mail you. Thanks soooo much!

    Cathy: Blogging does get pretty addictive, doesn’t it?? And time-consuming. But I may give Twitter the olde college try and see what happens. And wow, somebody must be doing a lot of dishes to unload the diswasher twice in one day – I avoid them at all costs, not good for my right hand fingernails with guitar playing and such.

    Belle: Ah ha, another on the “nay” side of my quandary. Duly noted. Thanks! Did you try Twitter at all?

    Tess: I see you’re sticking with Twitter. Twitterdeck — I believe you are the third commenter to mention that. Definitely on my list for the inevitable Twitter old college try I’l be attempting next month. Liara Covert, yes love her more than she’ll ever know! In fact, I aspire to be her when I grow up.

  • 5

    On 14 April 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Momisodes said, 

    I share your Twitterpation, eventhough I’ve been on it for a long time. I still find myself at a loss for tweets.

    I’ve added you!

    Momisodes’s last blog post..Mother Of All Bloggers

  • 6

    On 14 April 2009 at 4:32 pm

    sheila said, 

    I feel your pain. I’ve been on for about 6 months and still feel confused. lol (btw, I’m at aventinehill on twitter) Here’s what I’ve gathered.

    It’s a lot like a chat room only mostly you’re talking to yourself because no one really answers you. lol.

    You have 140 characters to get your point across, whatever that may be. And there’s many things that many say from mom bloggers to people trying to push products.

    I’m gonna stick with it for a while, but it’s exasberating. (I bet I spelt that wrong, lol)

    sheila’s last blog post..Cool! You Like?

  • 7

    On 15 April 2009 at 4:30 am

    Lynn said, 

    I have not tweeted for long, but I am intrigued by it. Just kept hearing that it was the next new thing, so mostly I just lurk and read the tweets from the food people and friends like you.

    Lynn’s last blog post..Cholesterol on a plate, just say no and aftermath

  • 8

    On 15 April 2009 at 8:17 am

    LisaNewton said, 

    I just try to get into a few conversations. My problem is the time it takes to really get to know people; time which I often don’t have. I know some people use it with success, but I’m not one of them, just due to lack of time.

    I’ll definitely be following you……………:)

    LisaNewton’s last blog post..Torrey Pines, Dolphins, and another day in San Diego

  • 9

    On 15 April 2009 at 9:54 am

    debbie said, 

    I am lost on twitter. If you do understand it, would you try to help me! I have tried and people have actually made fun of me on there because I’m so clueless.

    debbie’s last blog post..My confession

  • 10

    On 15 April 2009 at 11:46 am

    MiaHysteria said, 

    Hey @janniefunster. I’m coming to look for you @MiaHysteria.

    I don’t know why I twitter. Maybe to feel like there really are other adults out there in the world when I’m at home with my crazy kids? It’s kinda self-indulgent, self-centered, yet not. I throw comments out there as “conversation starters”, I throw links to things I’ve found interesting, etc.

    MiaHysteria’s last blog post..Too Much To Write

  • 11

    On 15 April 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching said, 

    You actually did lure me, with the super-high-frequency intentional vibration you sent out to the universe. :)

  • 12

    On 15 April 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hi friends, just dropping by for a quick hello. I’ll be back probably tonight and boy, will I be ready for a glass or two of wine!

  • 13

    On 15 April 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Stacey / Create a Balance said, 

    So I have over 1000 followers, but I have never interacted with some of them. Sometimes I’m not sure how to join the party, but I know there is a lot of potential to build a strong community. I just haven’t figured it out 100% yet.

    Stacey / Create a Balance’s last blog post..Authentic Happiness Series – Part Three (Community)

  • 14

    On 16 April 2009 at 12:52 am

    Thomma Lyn said, 

    I recently started Twittering? Tweeting? Heaven forfend, Twitting? 😉 and though I can’t say I completely get it, I can say it’s growing on me somewhat. I use Twitterfox in my browser, which makes it easy to tweet links and have them embedded in small URLs (making it easier to stay within the 140 character limit).

    The 140 character thing is a challenge, but I look at it as exercise for my conciseness muscles.

    I’m thommalyn on Twitter. And don’t look now, but I’m following you, lol!

    xxx ooo

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..Hiking and Writing Sundries

  • 15

    On 16 April 2009 at 11:41 am

    Jannie said, 

    Momisodes: At a loss for tweets, eh? It dawned on me today that maybe Twitter’s about instant gratification, but I don’t know enough about it yet.

    Sheila: Talking to oneself, eh? Well, that actually does sound right up my alley. I do it moet of the day. Haven’t signed in to Twitter in a few days, I probably will after I post this.

    Lynn: Ah ha,al “lurker” :) How much time a day would you say you spend on Twitter?

    Lisa: My gut feeling is I ‘d ratehr get to know 50 folks via blogging that 500 or 5000 Twitting, but I’ll see how the shoe fits.

    Debbie: You’ll be the second person, after Chris of CSquaredPlus3, I’ll let know of any Twitter Eureka moments!

    Mia: I’ll look for you on Twitter, maybe see how you do it.

    Chris / Power Coach: Oooo, I hope my energy is positive?? :)

    Stacey: Interesting! To me, it seems like a giant autograph book where everybody signs, maybe people you’ll meet just once in passing. Kind of.

    Thomma Lyn: Wow, A Twitterfox browser. What will be next I wonder? Sounds like you know what you’re doing. And manbe someday I will too if I pursue this rage with any depth.

  • 16

    On 16 April 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Lynn said, 

    Yes – I lurk. I keep it open and refresh now and then to see the tweets. I shouldn’t really be doing that while I am working, but can’t resist.

    Lynn’s last blog post..Wide awake, grace and shine

  • 17

    On 16 April 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Dot said, 

    I think the people who use it to advertise blog posts are aiming it at people who are only on Twitter, not their feed.

    Yes, for #4 you could fling a daily bra instead of a daily bromide. 😉

    Dot’s last blog post..All About Chocolate

  • 18

    On 16 April 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Jannie said, 

    hi mi name is kelly. wat is yours?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • 19

    On 16 April 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Jannie, rest assured, you never miss a boat. You may have misplaced your flying broomstick again, or triggered slight amnesia the last time you fell off during Quiddich practice with Harry Potter. Concussions can happen when least expected. The last one you shared was after you got sidetracked with time travel and had a headache while fixing that quirky transporter.

    Liara Covert’s last blog post..5 Steps to honour the truth

  • 20

    On 17 April 2009 at 7:33 am

    Robin said, 

    Hi Jannie – you just say things, and hope that someone reads it. And you look at what everyone else is saying, and hope it is interesting (and that not too many people are doing replies, because you have no idea what they are talking about and it gets very boring very quickly.)

    Robin’s last blog post..Tomato Seeds And Delicious Fruit

  • 21

    On 17 April 2009 at 10:00 am

    Karyn said, 

    I don’t do my christmas shopping til usually December. But I can’t miss that Kirby plushie… except watch, I’ll give it to him the day it comes in the mail.

  • 22

    On 17 April 2009 at 10:01 am

    Karyn said, 

    hey Jannie, let your daughter do a post. she can tell us about her school day. =D

  • 23

    On 17 April 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Sara said, 


    Sometimes I really like Twitter and then other times, I don’t. What I like about Twitter is that you can say almost anything you want as long it’s 141 characters.

    At first the 141 characters intimidated me, but then I challenged myself to write things that were exactly 141 characters…now it’s easier.

    Now, I put up quotes, tell people what I’m doing (within reason), recommend other sites or books or even let people know I put up a new post. I say just have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously. I think Kathy made a good point about the water cooler…:~)

    It only takes a few minutes to leave a TWEET. I say just have fun with it.

    Sara’s last blog post..The Persistence of One Squirrel

  • 24

    On 17 April 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Jannie, byt the way, if your transporter is still on the fritz, I may be in a position to assist. I have a contact who is experienced in how to ‘make it so.’

    Liara Covert’s last blog post..9 Truths that penetrate from beyond

  • 25

    On 17 April 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Liara: It is true. I always manage to hit the boat flying off the pier. Broke an ankle once, but nothing major. So you know about my time travels! Ah, but I imagine with your superior powers, you know quite a lot of things that most of us don’t. :)

    Robin: Gets very boring, eh? But guess what?? I’ve got 38 followers now, up from the 22 I had last week. I guess the numbers thing can reels folks in, eh? And is Twitter making ad money??

    Karyn: I’d be the same way with something as cute as that. That’s why I’ve put off doing my Christmas shopping until Dec. 23rd. Oh, and funny you mention that – I meant to scan a story Kelly wrote and put it up. I’ll do that next week. Then, maybe I could have some Kelly guest posts! She does write hilarious stuff. GREAT IDEA, KARYN!!! I’m really going to have to watch my posting from now on, because she’ll be on her Disney page then go to my page and read it – holy cow. She said of my last Bord On A Wire. “Mom, some of thsi is totally inappropriate.” Oh boy. Oh boy oh – me.

    Sara: Well, thanks to you I have a Follow me Twitter button up! Fun, fun is it. What the heck. Mabye 3 minutes a day, every few days. It’s not like I’m under any obligation, right?

    Liara: Please do expound on your friend with the transporter. I’m in the market for a new one, or maybe just an upgrade on my current mode of locomotion.

  • 26

    On 18 April 2009 at 3:00 am

    Jeanne said, 


    As far as 140 characters, no one is wordier than me (!!) and I have gotten used to it over time. In fact, it SAVES me time because I can use twitter to force myself to send a short tweet and avoid getting sucked into my horrific email box (that SUCKS TIME) or getting lured into Facebook (another time sucker). I can actually SAVE time with twitter if I discipline myself on how much time to spend on it.

    I never thought I’d get used to 140 characters but you’d be amazed at what I can fit in a tweet now! (Especially with TweetDeck which gives a separate field to include links relevant to the text of the tweet)!

    For me, I can’t stand reading people’s goofy “I just stepped out of the shower” updates and that’s one of the reasons I greatly prefer twitter to Facebook because I see LESS of that annoying stuff. I don’t CARE who stepped out of the shower! Sheesh, people. If they just stepped out of the shower, shouldn’t they be drying off or something? Gee whiz, why are they online then?

    So, too much of that nonsense on Facebook really frustrated me.

    Anyway, as you know… my blog posts tends to be very serious and about health-related stuff. So I don’t send silly messages on twitter. Some people send silly (bad silly… as in people who think they’re funny but aren’t) “jokes” but most people don’t. I try to pick carefully who to have as a twitter friend. If someone’s going to clog up my TweetDeck with junk, I just block them! One less “follower”… of well! I simply don’t have the time to waste.

    Now, for someone genuinely funny like you, I think you could send out your HYSTERICAL quips and brighten people’s day. They’d be retweeting your brilliance all over twitter-land, I’m sure.

    Oh, you can swipe the twitter symbol from my blog. Can’t remember where I found it. Hunted it down one day. It’s a cute blue button with a birdie on it.

    Twitter is what you make of it. For a long time, I used it infrequently and didn’t really “get it”. Now, I use it much more but try to fight getting “sucked in” to something I can’t keep up with time-wise.

    It’s kind of complicated to cover in a blog comment…

    Email me and I’ll help you. I’d tweet you some tips but I’m not concise enough to cover it that way! :) So I’d be better off emailing with you.

    I really didn’t “get” twitter for a long time. I had it for months before I used it much. Mainly that’s because I was trying to do it from the web… which really isn’t fun. TweetDeck has changed the whole game for me!!

    Now I’m hooked. There are some great causes out there that twitter’s great for promoting (such as how we used it for endo awareness). Twitter was IMMENSELY helpful during Endometriosis Awareness Month. We increased awareness a great deal with the help of twitter! Those #endo tweets are still rolling in!!

    Granted, there are also greedy scammers out there using it (like anything). But I can tell you how to get connected with the people you want to be connected with on twitter.

    I’m a big believer that people’s obsession with getting as many followers as possible at all costs is just wrong. I try to only follow people I have some common interest with.

    I don’t care what my number is (followers). It’s not a popularity test. Anyone can accrue huge numbers of followers simply by adding everyone and anyone randomly.

    In fact I just read an article proposing that twitter should ban that “follow number” because people are getting so obsessed with the numbers that it’s detracting from twitter’s good qualities.

    So it’s all in how you use it. I can tell you that TwwetDeck (desktop application for managing tweets) makes twitter a million times easier than just doing it from the web. I just LOVE TweetDeck!

    C’mon, Grannie… tweet with me. You’ll like it. :)


    Jeanne’s last blog post..You Only Get One Body!

  • 27

    On 20 April 2009 at 2:18 am

    Barbara Swafford said, 

    Hi Jannie – I’m following you. Just waiting to see you on Tweetdeck the same time as I am. I know you’ll catch on fast and enjoy it as much as I do.

    Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..About Me – The Most Important Page On Our Blog

  • 28

    On 20 April 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Kim Woodbridge said, 

    Jannie – You are SO funny that we would love to read your funny comments on twitter. It took me awhile after I started using it to “get” it. But I really like it – I can quickly interact with people from all over the world, get help with questions, and send out links to my articles. I have people who subscribe to my feed, my newsletter, and then people who stop by because my article post interested them.

    There are, however, more and more annoying types trying to sell something and people who only self-promote. The best thing is to stop following them.

    But I also say that if you don’t enjoy something, don’t do it. Not everything is for everyone.

    And I never once made the connection between twitterpated in Bambi and twitter – you’re awesome.

    Kim Woodbridge’s last blog post..(Anti) Social Personal Developments

  • 29

    On 23 April 2009 at 7:19 am

    Evelyn LIm said, 

    Wow…so many comments before mine just on twittering. I’ve recently begun using more of twitter, mainly to tweet about posts, helping bloggers retweet and posting inspirational quotes. I’m not quite sure about exact stats but it seems that I’ve been getting followers almost every day.

    Evelyn LIm’s last blog post..Resolving Conflicts: Peace or Drama?

  • 30

    On 24 April 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Jeanne: You are a wealth of info on that. Thank you! Let’s hope those people didn’t get eloctrocuted right out of the shower all wet with their computers.

    And what you say here. “Twitter is what you make of it. For a long time, I used it infrequently and didn’t really “get it”. Now, I use it much more but try to fight getting “sucked in” to something I can’t keep up with time-wise…” bears repeating.

    Barbara; I imagine you WILL see me on Tweetdeck someday before too long! Let’s have a party then, okay??

    Kim: This makes good sense… “But I also say that if you don’t enjoy something, don’t do it. Not everything is for everyone.” And maybe in time I’ll be a BIG twitterer. Thanks for your always great input.

    Evelyn: I think I’m following you, right?? I may just catch onto to it in a good way. We’ll see!

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