Twittering about Twitter

I’ve had an attitude adjustment about Twitter.
When I first started using Twitter, it seemed frivolous. I wasn’t following many people, and most seemed to tweet about what they had for breakfast.
Then, I found the edubloggers. Suddenly I was getting wonderful resources and meeting new people. I found myself checking Twitter regularly, and on those days when I couldn’t access it, I spent hours catching up, going back to reread all the tweets–even the tweets from people not following me.  After all, I didn’t want to miss anything!
But recently I’ve been frustrated. For example, I follow Will Richardson, so when he tweeted, needing examples of how people used blogs, I wanted to respond. But Will doesn’t follow me, so I knew if I responded, he wouldn’t get it. Same with Dean Shareski. For a while, Chris Lehmann followed me and then stopped. I had a moment of middle-school angst, but, hey, I’ve stopped following people for one reason or another. I understand we all can’t be all things to all people.
However, I found myself spending more and more time on Twitter and, subsequently, on people’s blogs.
Too much time. I had this overwhelming anxiety that if I didn’t read everything, I would miss whatever the application of the day was, whatever the next cool website was. You know.
So, I’ve had an epiphany.
I realize that if I miss something (even a whole DAY of Twitter), I will eventually get the information in this echo chamber. I may not get it instantly, but within a day or two, someone will post about it!
My new plan is simple.
I follow those people who mostly provide links to resources AND who follow me. I don’t want to have to worry about people with whom I have no connection. And if I miss a few pages of tweets, I’m not going to try to go back and read them all. Life is too short.
Ahhh. I feel better already.

3 thoughts on “Twittering about Twitter

  1. AMEN!!! I feel the same way. I follow datruss, and he gives great stuff in google reader. Would you consider adding me, I direct messaged you my email address, so shoot me an email.

  2. Hi Susan – thanks for taking the time to write a comment on my blog and also letting me know about your post. Because for me the best part of blogging is interacting with each other and gaining for each others insights.
    I actually rarely initiate adding people to my account but will add if they follow me – provided that they have similar interests. Only added one person that is well known – and am happy to delete him if he annoys me. Like you am not interested in adding people if there is no ability to respond to their questions. But I can totally understand why they limit the number they follow.

  3. Hi Susan,
    I’ve shared some of those ups and downs in thinking about Twitter. I just let what I don’t see at the moment pass. No worries. BTW, if you tweet back to me with @willrich45 I will get it.

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