I think I’ve mentioned few times over here, that I’m very much into Twitter. Some might say addicted but I see it as a training to become a specialist in digital things. Or that’s what I tell myself when it’s 2AM and I press umpteenth time the ‘refresh tweets’ on my phone.
Originally my plan was to just establish my presence there as a crafty/thrifty blogger. Maybe share links and pictures and connect with other crafters. But that just wasn’t meant to be. Other twitterers know that when you join and you have no followers, you also kind of scramble who to follow. I started with some celebs and news sites. Then as I found some bloggers, I added them. Of course, most of them were from US and different time zones meant that I missed out on the conversations.
Then I started adding some Finnish media people and newsrooms. At first I just re-tweeted but soon I began commenting and that quickly led to arguing and commenting about everything. People seemed to like what I said and I began gaining followers. When I had first 100 followers, I got ecstatic. Nearly threw a party because that was a huge amount to me!
So lame. I know.
My big (well big for me) breakthrough happened with my Marimekko-stories, which I shared (among other related links) there AND with my Guggenheim-commentary. Staying current is a very important factor BUT more important is to be genuine and funny. I have also managed to make people mad. The minister of European Affairs Alexander Stubb blocked me after I repeatedly pointed out that maybe he should be doing more working and tweet less about his workout regime. (He is a triathlonist who famously said Fuck This Shit at a Nordic
Union Council meeting and brags how he works only 8 hours a day. How nice for a minister.)
I’ve also blocked people. Less than 10 in total and that’s not too bad when I follow 1439 and 1207 follows me back. I’ve have also deleted tweets. About 100 or so, which also isn’t bad considering there are over 27K of them. In general, I say whatever I think and everything I have said over there is something I’d say to the person in face too.
So, what do I use Twitter for? I share links to my blog posts. I re-tweet news, important social issues and naturally, inappropriate humour. Especially during my 2,5 weeks in hospital. It was made bearable by my tweeps, who kept me entertained hours on end. Right now I’m keeping an eye on possible job openings too. Although the other week I realized that a LOT Of people I’d like to work with actually DO follow me on Twitter, so possible job interviews MIGHT get nerve-wracking. Heck, even the thought of said interviews make me cringe.
There are so many things I could say about Twitter but I think you should try it yourself. Who knows, maybe you will get ideas for blog posts in there.