I joined twitter way back in late March. After almost nine months, I’m doing more reflecting on my twitter experience.
One thing I know I should NEVER admit to is that I created a second, “anon” account. My goodness how anon’s are hated. I had no idea of this when I created one. I think I wanted to just complain, vent, or joke without repercussion. I quickly ended this experiment as I learned many “anons” are really angry, bitter, teenagery mature people. It was bizarre. I entered a world of adult users (maybe, I guess I don’t know for sure) who acted so poorly. I do not need to relive high school on twitter, thank you very much. ANON DELETED.
Back to reality, I could not possible remember all the links I have posted on twitter. When I first started trying to “get noticed”, I was posting article after article, sometimes not even reading them. Often times not even really understanding what I was posting. I figured someone out there could probably benefit from this information, so I should link it.
Then I had a real lull. I was overloaded and thinking, what am I doing? I’m on twitter so I can learn from others, not try to prove I’m something I’m not. I “unfollowed” a lot of people, stopped posting articles I didn’t understand or read, and took a bit of a break from twitter. I was getting frustrated that I was posting things, only to see 10 other people post the same articles. First, they are not my personal property and second, surely other people enjoy reading and sharing! (the whole point of learning!)
I’m coming around a bit on these things. I typically READ the articles I post. Sometimes, I even comment on the link when I post it. I don’t really care if others post the same thing, at least it verifies I’ve chosen an article that others find interesting and useful, too. If I don’t use the technology or don’t particularly understand it, I typically avoid posting. (I’ve also noticed my newsfeed sources typically post the same things, so it could be repeated from 6 hours ago or 6 days ago)
One thing I find curious about twitter is that occasionally I get some totally random person follow me. Typically, they have thousands of followers and I’m guessing they are just looking to increase their numbers. I think this way because I check out their profile and if I don’t “follow back” within 48 hours, they drop me. hahaha. I’m sure this is a well known trend in the twitterverse, but I’m an old fashioned learner, learning things the slow way and by experience.
Ah well. Twitter has generally been a fun experience and I am still learning. I have been reading lots more than I was before joining, simply by just seeing links and posts. Having access to an ipad has significantly helped me, as I can sit down and open an app and do a little reading. My phone was too small and I often didn’t get a chance to watch the news when it aired. When my leave of absence kicks in at the end of this school year, I know I will have lots to keep be busy and learning even when away from school.