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.

  • Twitter

  • 1

    On 13 April 2009 at 2:32 am

    Jo said, 

    you and me both. I tweeted for a while, but I found trying to stick to 140 characters virtually impossible…..and it’s hugely time-consuming to stay on top of.

    Jo’s last blog post..Protected: Refugees

  • 2

    On 13 April 2009 at 2:38 am

    Davina said, 

    Hi Jannie. I didn’t know you were on Twitter, but I’ve found you and followed you now. Are you planning on putting up a “follow me” button?

    First and foremost, just have fun with it. That’s my advice. Tweet and don’t be shy to reply to someone’s tweet. If it makes you laugh let them know. If you think it is worthy of a retweet, send it out… your followers might enjoy it too. Plus it introduces twitterers to one another.

    I just had the funny feeling that it can be like a highschool dance where everyone stands around hoping someone will ask them to dance. But somebody has to make the first move.

    Tweet blog posts you’ve read and liked that your followers might like too.

    It gets better the more followers you get because even if you have a 100 followers, not all of them will be online line reading your tweets when you do tweet.

    Davina’s last blog post..What Have You Done for Your Blog Lately?

  • 3

    On 13 April 2009 at 6:23 am

    K said, 

    I don’t get the tweeter thing either.

    I have a hard enough time coming up with intersting blog material. Interesting thougths several times a day is way beyond me and nobody wants to hear about who I did the dishes or went to the grogery store.

    FYI-I left a little award love for you on my blog. Have a great Monday.

    K’s last blog post..Attack of the Zombie Chicken

  • 4

    On 13 April 2009 at 6:36 am

    blueviolet said, 

    I go back and forth on Twitter. When I first signed up, I used it all the time and it sucked my life away. I’ve since backed off. I’m no help, am I?

    blueviolet’s last blog post..My Battle with Eating Disorders

  • 5

    On 13 April 2009 at 6:41 am

    Chris said, 

    I don’t get it either. I don’t have a twitter account… yet. I’m thinking of getting one because my husband just did for “work”. (I don’t get that either.)

    Sorry, I’m not help. If/when I get a twitter account and break the code, I promise to let you know. Please do the same for me if you have any “eureka!” moments.

    Chris’s last blog post..Easter

  • 6

    On 13 April 2009 at 6:44 am

    Lynn said, 

    There is a “foodie” community on Twitter and that is why I started looking at it, for the information sharing it brings. It has put Tastespotting on the map. I just check it a couple of times a day and Jo is correct, it is incredibly difficult to limit characters to 140.

    Lynn’s last blog post..Dear, unexpected and familiar

  • 7

    On 13 April 2009 at 7:52 am

    Alikl Levin | said, 

    I am just like you – still struggling to find the “goodness” about Twitter. It seems like it can be a great tool to promote your stuff vs just to chat. For example, a blogging community like the one you created around your blog can help good content catch fire by RT. “Hey, guys just published XYZ, good stuff – helped me to improve SEO, please RT!”. The downside, I have not yet realized the efficient way to do it – all my attempts to use it got me totally confused…. More noise than results. I am sure I am not getting it right … yet ;)

    Alikl Levin |’s last blog post..What Your Kid Knows About Creativity

  • 8

    On 13 April 2009 at 7:53 am

    Jewel/Pink Ink said, 

    I’m missing the boat.

    I really don’t mind:-)

    Jewel/Pink Ink’s last blog post..Done!

  • 9

    On 13 April 2009 at 8:58 am

    Glenn Buttkus said, 

    Twitter-schmitter. Most of my blogging time is done at the office, arriving early to get on top of the data of the day, set up checklists, write reports, and then blog, blog, blog. But, alas, the Government blocks access to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and all that good stuff. After retirement, soon on the horizon, after over 50 years of working for the man, I too will ferret around and find the fun out there. But for now I have no twittering savvy to advise you, and all my fun is found right here smack dab in Funsterland!


    Glenn Buttkus’s last blog post..Jesse James of the Movies

  • 10

    On 13 April 2009 at 9:20 am

    nikkicrumpet said, 

    I am of now assistance. I refuse to tweet or face book. I already have my butt growing to my computer chair from blogging. I don’t need any more excuses to sit here!

    nikkicrumpet’s last blog post..When ya gotta go………….

  • 11

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:10 am

    Natural said, 

    it’s one of those things i guess. i didn’t get it, but i have a lot of thoughts in my head that nobody wants to hear, so i tweet them. now people can read them. :)

    i really didn’t get it either. it is rather fun though. i can keep up with 50+ bloggers and what they are doing.

    i prefer to use twitter to chat, not be a resource of information or of much help to anyone. sometimes, i’ll share a link.

    Natural’s last blog post..My Two Left Feet

  • 12

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:17 am

    Kathy | Virtual Impax said, 

    Jannie -

    I had a hard time “getting” Twitter and then I discovered Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is a GREAT tool to help you “get” Twitter.

    Think of Twitter as time at the water cooler when you’re working for a BIG corporation. Different people congregate around different water coolers. Twitter is a place to share, to gossip and to stay “in the loop”.

    However, just like the company water coolers – it’s hard to spend a lot of time on Twitter and get “real” work done. However, it’s a great way to get the #1 position in comments on big blogs – if you’ve got nothing better to do! :)

    Kathy | Virtual Impax’s last blog post..Social Media and Communication: How your mindset shapes the mesage.

  • 13

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:23 am

    Kimm said, 

    At first I wasn’t really sure about using twitter but after I noticed a bunch of people I talk to/adore via the web had an account I opened up.

    A few months later instead of keeping my list small (of 30 people) I started questioning and wondering if there was any people/clubs from my sport on there or whats happening in the local scene now I’m over 100.

    Though I don’t get why people need to follow 20,000 or be followed by 20,000 people and only follow 200 people. When it gets that crazy, I just think its a popularity contest.

    I think my mom put it the best way.. A tv show was saying we’re now on twitter follow us.. She said “Why? should I sign up just to follow your gossip?”

    sorry for the long comment

    Kimm’s last blog post..C4AC #2 – Birthday Cake instead of Easter Eggs

  • 14

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:28 am

    Jannie said, 

    Jo: So, I’m not the only one! I don’t think I’d have a problem keeping it to 140 characters, I’m just not sure if I see what “benefit” there could be for me. Overall, I mean. not that I’m looking for anything that’s all about me, but there has to be some pay-off.

    Davina: Thanks for your in depth view, so nice of you to share your experience. I do appreciate the “just have fun with it” part! I tried unsuccessfully to put up a Tweet button. Is there a site or link you would recommend to get one, and hopefully three are several choices of style? I found the Twitter page not at all helpful in that. Seems like Twitter could be really time-consuming. But you did clarify quite a lot, now I think I know what a re-tweet is, even if I don’t know yet how to do it.

    K: Thank you for whatever it is you’ve awarded me with over there are Interstitial Life! Thanks in advance. And I see you have most likely had the same experience with Twitter I’ve had thus far. I’ll keep open-minded about it.

    Blueviolet: Actually you are of quite a BIG help, confirming my feeling Twitter can require mucho mucho time. Like a lot a lot of time.

    Chris: You’ll totally be on “The Very Top Of My List” should that Twitter eureka moment strike!! And glad you’ll let me know too if it hits you first. Lol on your comment, thanks.

    Lynn: Ah, that’s cool. I can see how that would be really up your alley. For people in certain “clubs,” so to speak. Have you noticed any threads for moonlight bra-flinging, ukulele obsessions or women needing men with chainsaws??

    Alik: Now all that makes good sense. Greater light shining into the Twitter murk for me now, thanks. How to do it? How to do it? There’s the rub. I am so happy with the size of my blog now and all you wonderful Peeps – if it caught any hotter fire I thenk my fingertips would explode into flame at this QWERTY board. Cool info, tho. Thanks.

    Jewel: You my girl, Babe! You my GRRRRLL! Dancing to your own drum – I love it!

    Glenn! Wow, 50 years. When’s that retirement date again? I bet after that you’ll be Numero Uno Twitter-Meister and we’ll all say we knew you when!

    Nikki: And Thank God you do have that glued butt, for we all LOVE your wildly successful blog. And you!

    Natural: Ah ha! Again I read this word “fun” as per Twitting. Tweeting. Hmnnn, chatting. That might cut into down all that quality chat time with my tree. And he would not be happy. But I appreciate your input a lot and will stir it into the cauldron of my Twit quandary.

    Kathy: Ah ha! Another friend had mentioned Tweetdeck. I believe I shall take a gander in that direction after I do the dishes, vacuum, sweep, mop, 4 loads of laundry, practice guitar 2 hours, write 10 hit songs, run 4 miles, bake a cake, mow the lawn, climb a mountain and perm my bangs. Yep! I Really will look at it tho.

    Kimm: I think a comment should be just as long as it needs to be to say what’s on your mind! “Though I don’t get why people need to follow 20,000 or be followed by 20,000 people and only follow 200 people. When it gets that crazy, I just think its a popularity contest.” I do believe you speak much sense, me fair lass, as does your mom about the potential for gossip.

    Jannie’s last blog post..Twitterpated (not!) (yet)

  • 15

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:49 am

    J.D. Meier said, 

    You’re not alone.

    I’m still a Twitter virgin, but I may give it a whirl in the upcoming months.

    J.D. Meier’s last blog post..Innovation Life Cycle

  • 16

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:52 am

    Mama Zen said, 

    I’m finally (kinda) getting the “how,” but the “why” is still escaping me!

    Mama Zen’s last blog post..A Cry For Help

  • 17

    On 13 April 2009 at 11:32 am

    Jannie said, 

    J.D.: I’m not alone! I’m not alone. I’m okay. you’re okay. And what a happy day it is. If even the great J.D. doesn’t tweet, how important can it really be?

    Mama Zen: If Twitter, or any other blog / social media entity ever gave out awards for the pithiest blog comments – YOU would be, hands-down, Numero Uno Supremo!!

  • 18

    On 13 April 2009 at 11:53 am

    Talon said, 

    I simply don’t have the time or the inclination. It makes my head hurt…

    Talon’s last blog post..That old expression

  • 19

    On 13 April 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Lynn said, 

    No, but I say let’s start a “moonlight bra-flinging, ukulele obsessions or women needing men with chainsaws” group. :)

    Lynn’s last blog post..Dear, unexpected and familiar

  • 20

    On 13 April 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Heather Happymaker said, 

    I think Twitter is a lot of fun! I just avoid it like the plague these days because it’s such a time sucker.

    It’s the most fun when you are following tons of people, and replying to them. And you have to have a way of seeing if people are replying to you or it’s no fun. You can use Twitter Search to find your name, or use Tweet Deck or something like that. I’m @Happymaker. Have fun!

    Heather Happymaker’s last blog post..Stranger Danger, Will Robinson!

  • 21

    On 13 April 2009 at 1:10 pm

    wade said, 

    Twitter ? No time for that since my wife introduced me to this weekend. She implied that perhaps I should be on their list.Ouch.

  • 22

    On 13 April 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach said, 

    I use Twitter to give my fans/network/customers a glimpse into me. For example, today I’m hacking out a new community, and have been tweeting my status updates (showing that I walk the walk I talk – ie, I take ownership of what needs to be done and then do it).

    I also use it to showcase great posts out there for other people to read. Twitter is a very big part of my online presence.

    Hope that helps, Barbara

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach’s last blog post..Profit by goodwill – give freely to your list subscribers

  • 23

    On 13 April 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Paige said, 

    I may be a twit but I’m not a twitter.

    It may be helpful, fun, informative and all that but I have so many other things that I enjoy doing I don’t need anything else distracting me away them; just so I can be part of the fad.

    Cause y’all so know it is a passing fad just like that danged new television, phone and internet.

    Who noticed that I’m linked to at the top of ol’ Funster? sounds like a song in there somewhere

    Paige’s last blog post..How — What do You Write…

  • 24

    On 13 April 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching said, 

    Personally, I use Twitter to bring out my more wisecracking side, so that people see more of me than just the information-heavy posts I can tend to write. Maybe I could bring that side more into my blog, and I have on occasion, but right now I see it as a way to fulfill my mission.

  • 25

    On 13 April 2009 at 2:06 pm said, 


    I don’t know much about “tweeting” either. Let me know what you think. I’m curious as more to the “why” than the “how” :)

  • 26

    On 13 April 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Talon: I’m always running behind the times, so I may catch up with Twitter someow but it does make my head spin a bit too.

    Lynn; Capitol idear, my jolly bonnie lass! Oh, and when I signed into Twitter just now I believe I saw one lovely and charming eye that looks dashingly familiar. Anyone you know?

    Happy Heater! I just saw your tweet looking for me. I don’t thnk I’d signed in on Twitter for maybe 2 weeks. oh no – it’s hooking me in !!! net I’ll be mnching tat carmel corn from Whole Foods I love so much, that costs $10.00 a bag. nooooo. (Well, I only bought it once.)

    Wade: Ah ha! That sure looks like a den of iniquty over there at Dickipedia. You for sure want to not end up on that list. And how nice to have a wife that wants your quality time. Sounds like lasting love!

    Barbara Ling: The more of these comments I read I vascillate between “Oh, well I don’t really need Twitter,” to “Wow, this could fabulously great!” Your comment making me think the latter. What’s an on the Twitter fence gal to do?? Head to Starbucks for a short decaf and a chocolate biscotti to comtemplate it all, says I!

    Paige: Hey – I’m the twit here!! “Cause y’all so know it is a passing fad just like that danged new television, phone and internet.” That’s the funniest comment! I don’t think the horseless carriage will catch on either! And welcome to your week to shine, sorry ’bout the lame button, as I mentoned I don’t photshop yet. Do you just hate how it looks??

    Cris Edgar: Wow, welcome. I almost never get drop-ins I haven’t “lured” here. Thanks for your visit and comment. That is very interesting wat you mention. I tend to wisecrack over here so may be my Twitter slant could be tweets that make peoople want to run for their happy pills.

    Ah lovely, talented and wise Aimee, as with anything it is indeed the Why that does the telling. It’s gotta be a good kind of why. I think most people are just having fun on Twitter, but I’m worried it’ll get too crazy for me and I’ll end up back in the nuthouse with my stringless uke.

  • 27

    On 13 April 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Vered - MomGrind said, 

    I use it, but despite what everyone says about connecting and networking, I basically see it as a huge waste of time so try to minimize my time on Twitter as much as I can.

    Vered – MomGrind’s last blog post..Skiing In Lake Tahoe, California

  • 28

    On 13 April 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Dot said, 

    I don’t know whether I’ll be adding anything by saying this. I tried it for a while but didn’t have time to read it. It seems like the tweets fall into three, no four, categories:

    1. People advertising their latest blog post, so you know they’ve posted one.
    2. People using it as kind of a back-channel for blogging friends, to discuss blog software problems or other blog-related issues not really of interest to the general blog reader.
    3. People who just announce what they’re doing at that moment. This is more suited for their spouses, close friends and family than for the rest of us.
    4. Personal development bloggers who tweet that today is the first day of the rest of your life.

    At least, that’s a cynic’s view of it. :-)

    Dot’s last blog post..All About Chocolate

  • 29

    On 13 April 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Susan Helene Gottfried said, 

    I’m overloaded as it is and determined to make some changes now that I’m home again. No Twitter for me, I’m afraid!

    Susan Helene Gottfried’s last blog post..Susan Speaks: Realizing a Dream

  • 30

    On 13 April 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Nothing matters unless you decide it does. You have nothing to attain and only ever depend on yourself.

    Liara Covert’s last blog post..What if you made a radical shift?

  • 31

    On 13 April 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Lynn said, 

    Yep – that was me…

    Lynn’s last blog post..Dear, unexpected and familiar

  • 32

    On 13 April 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Caity said, 

    To be completely honest, I only use Twitter since everyone else does. I think it’s pretty ridiculous but it’s one of those trends that isn’t going to go away soon.

    Basically I like to think of it as micro-blogging. It’s a status update of 140 characters or less. Sometimes those updates are used to speak to another Twitter user instead of just a random update. That’s all it is.

    I personally think it’s shortening the attention spans of bloggers and internet-users and blogs will go out of fashion. I hope that doesn’t happen! I always want to blog!

    Caity’s last blog post..A new look.

  • 33

    On 13 April 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Vered: Ah ha, something else to sway me back to my gut feeling that it may not give much bang for the buck.

    Dot: Not only do you add something, you totally opened up a new way to look at this questionment of mine. Bravo. Going from one end of the spectrum, it seems. Kind of funny to me to advertiese you’ve just posted to a blog, I thought RSS feeds handled that. And number four I could get into, perhaps.

    Susan: Halloo. We have made contact yet again. Oooo, what changes are you making in your life now that you’re home again?? Doooo tell. Jannie is nosy – strike that. Curious.

    Dear Liara Ghandi, oops, I mean Covert, of course. To mine own heart be true. Why did I need reminding of that? Actually, after all these comments are in I’ll be weighing the yays and the nays and veer towards what I already feel to be my truth.

    Lynn: I thought so!. Have you tweeted for long?

    Caity: I don’t want blogs to go out of style either. He, maybe it’ll be just you and me left standing! No, blogs like ours are here to stay. Perhaps people who don’t want to commit to a bigger project.

  • 34

    On 13 April 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Patricia said, 

    I am kind of a twittering failure – I guess. Barbara at Blogging without a Blog did a whole post on all the twitter apps you can get. I can not install the follow on twitter button, or the facebook connection – network or have a following on my blog. So I post my posts there and check out a couple of other folks referrals. Barbara even has just certain folks on her following list….I do like getting on an reading the news headlines that roll in.
    Lots of folks tell me they are following me but I do not always follow them back…particularly those that are just ads…
    I check it in the morning and in the evening.
    I don’t really get it…

    Patricia’s last blog post..Kindle 2 and 5 Things I Love About It!

  • 35

    On 13 April 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Karyn said, 

    I’ve not tried Twitter. And I’m sticking to facebook.

  • 36

    On 13 April 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Miles McClagan said, 

    Just no way I could stick to 140 characters…that’s one sentence, who can sum up the complexity of life in so few words?

    Miles McClagan’s last blog post..Post 248 – The unfinished fragments of other peoples lives

  • 37

    On 14 April 2009 at 4:03 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    I too, have not yet surcummed to tweet. Or face book. But I’m under alot of pressure to!

    It all must wait until I have time n patience. Hi-speed net would help. I don’t even have time to load utube on this modem-

    Apparently twitter is instant messaging to a page for all your “friends” to read, of what you’re currently doing, in about two lines of text or less- at a time. You can text from your phone or blackberry or puter. At least, this is what I’ve been told. I’ve seen other peoples twitter pages. You can even do it when the power is out. It can relay news very fast to a large group.
    Now I need to see what the other peeps are saying…

    SnaggleTooth’s last blog post..Creative Minds Guess

  • 38

    On 14 April 2009 at 4:21 am

    cinderkeys said, 

    Was going to add my thoughts here, but went with a lengthier reply over at my blog:

    Attempting to stick to 140 characters is part of the fun. :)

    cinderkeys’s last blog post..Wherefore Twitter?

  • 39

    On 14 April 2009 at 7:59 am

    robbi said, 

    Frunstwit, Y’see I am a luddite, not just a ‘here ya go it’s the flavor of the month to be a techno dunce’ The robbi is a dyed in the wool, honest to god dunno wot you mean technical dinosaur. heavens to Betsy I have only just mastered the biro pen!Sometimes that leaks into my best shirt at the most inopportune time, like when one has to go and get married and stuff.Yes Frostwitter, I does have a phone that I can put in my shirt pocket and carry with me, providing the cord is long enuf. As for 140 characters, wow, Tolstoy didn’t have that many in war and peace and in any case that was all about having free will wasn’t it?,being connected to the world @ 25c a twit doesn’t sound very free for I.Nope Frunsstwite, for the I, a twitter is wot the boids do.As you well know a boid on any wire is not for me.(private joke!)

    robbi’s last blog marks on a blank page Thursday April 8th

  • 40

    On 14 April 2009 at 8:56 am

    Ching Ya said, 

    Hi, Jannie, nice to see you again here. Very genuine and honest post you got there.. and the bunnies, adorable, sure ease up the ‘twitter’ tension a little right?

    I’ve received your ‘follow’ notification in Twitter, which makes me so glad to finally see you back in it. Although it’s the hottest trend around, but it doesn’t mean you have to be super-loving it/know-it-all. You could start by trying, and you’re free to email or ask me anything you wish about Twitter. How to set up, following,RT etc..whatever you have in mind. The best thing of learning is to be curious, which is what got me here from the day I started blogging.

    I’m no expert, but I believe a little help may lead you down the road. Email me at: if you wish to know anything about it. If not, I’ll still be a blogger friend who’s here to visit from time to time. ^^

    Social Media/Blogging

    Ching Ya’s last blog post..5 Easy Twitter Styles To Promote Your Article

  • 41

    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

  • 42

    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

  • 43

    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

  • 44

    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.

  • 45

    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

  • 46

    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?

  • 47

    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

  • 48

    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

  • 49

    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

  • 50

    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

  • 51

    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. :)

  • 52

    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!

  • 53

    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)

  • 54

    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

  • 55

    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.

  • 56

    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

  • 57

    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

  • 58

    On 16 April 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Jannie said, 

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

  • 59

    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

  • 60

    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

  • 61

    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.

  • 62

    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

  • 63

    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

  • 64

    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

  • 65

    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.

  • 66

    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!

  • 67

    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

  • 68

    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

  • 69

    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?

  • 70

    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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