Tweet! Tweet!


Most of us have already gone through several love/hate relationships with Facebook: been in love, been addicted, broken up, gotten back together. I get it. Facebook still seems like the original social media (yeah, yeah, I know there was myspace and stuff), and now, in social media years, it’s like the old aunt at the baby shower. There a zillion other social medias–Instagram pops to mind–that apparently youngsters hop to. Whatever.

Meanwhile, I’ve had a Twitter account for about a year. Yea, about-a-year-anniversary for me! I got on it because of my writers group. No, we don’t do anything important with or on Twitter; we just sometimes talk about at our meetings. I get the impression that there’s an art to it, a smart-ness to it, if you will, that it’s important for self-promotion and stuff. If you have anything important to promote, like a book or yourself or something.

Of course, I didn’t really “get” Twitter. See, Twitter is apparently something you “get.” I thought I’d “get” it by having an account and checking in once in a while. But whether or not I “get” it, it hasn’t taken on that (slightly) more personal feel that Facebook has. I would really only check in on Twitter when I felt like I needed to scale back on how often I would check Facebook out of sheer boredom. (Both my numbers and use of images is low, so my own activity I pretty worthless on Facebook. Yet…I still check it out.)

Then, my children’s principal sent out notice that he was opening a Twitter account. In order to help us see important things going on in the school/district. So please follow him. But don’t be sad if he doesn’t follow back. (Well. Then.)

Since I already have a Twitter account, I bit.

Now, I a slightly interested in Twitter.

Not because I am getting particularly exciting, enhancing tweets from the ol’ principal. The principal who won’t follow me back. On the contrary, I have some bizarre, maybe competitive or passive-aggressive desire to do Twitter better than the school boss.

I bet I can craft much more interesting, informative and relevant tweets that the ol’ principal. Edgier. Funnier. Better to “follow.”

Or…will I just end up sending tweets from the principal’s office?

Curious minds want to know. Or not.


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4 Responses to Tweet! Tweet!

  1. Pam Houghton says:

    Funny. Somehow, I’ve managed to accumulate over 1000 followers on Twitter. Not that I know what to do with them. Lately, I’ve had a lot of “Jesus people” follow me. Which I find interesting…or weird…but back to you. Yeah, you don’t want to end up in the principal’s office…but hey, if he’s like the rest of us, he’ll never check his Twitter account anyway. So say whatever you want!

  2. Pets to Go says:

    Wow, Pam, 1000 followers. You must be…the same. I can only assume my minor obsession is short-lived. But you do beat out my kids’ principal, who only has 143. Which affects my kids’ education…not at all, as far as I can tell!

  3. Bob says:

    How am I supposed to sort out Mr. Canfield’s tweets from the hundreds of more important tweets I that populate my feed each hour?!?! #newiPhone #Bieberfever

    Besides, does anyone over the age of 39 know how to properly use a hashtag anyway? I guess I will find out in a couple of weeks!

  4. Pets to Go says:

    Bob, I know this is adding much stress to your social media life. As far as the over 39 question: no, I’m sure we don’t know how to use hashtags; I still think they have something to do with rotary phones. However, I figure all the youngster social media stars will be unemployed in 3-5 years when there is the slightest breeze of an economic downturn, so I’m really just ahead of the curve as an over 40, unemployed social media “star.”

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