I have to admit that I love Twitter more than Facebook. No games and applications, no random likes of annoying meaningless pages, no annoying tags appearing in your feed, and no one tagging you in meaningless photos and then having 100’s of meaningless notifications appearing out of nowhere from people you’ve never heard off, and all that crap.
I’m trying to get some of my FB friends on board, I’ve succeeded in converting one friend (aka habooleh) and another friend (batee5a) has been trying it out for a while, but it seems to me that she can’t get the hang of it, so this post is dedicated to anyone who’s thinking of giving Twitter a chance, and anyone who has but doesn’t really understand how it works and what to do. (And by the way, I’m going to assume that you know how to use Facebook, also this is the way I use Twitter, it’s not necessarily right, but it’s the way I got the hang of things and how it grew on me)
Ok, let’s start:
You know how on Facebook you have your news feed where you see what your friends have been up to via status updates or shared photos etc, well Twitter has the same thing, but only with “status” updates (aka tweets). You can still share links by posting them and photos (via yfrog or twitpic).
In order to enjoy Twitter you need to FOLLOW people. Following is just like “friending” on Facebook except you don’t have to send a request unless that person has set their posts to private. Then you have to wait till they “add” you or give you permission to follow them.
Don’t follow people who never tweet, or have never tweeted, or tweet once a year. This is the reason why you may find it so boring, also don’t just follow the 2 or 3 people you actually know and call it a day, in order to really enjoy twitter and make the most our of it, along with your acquaintances, follow people who interest YOU. They don’t have to be actual people, they can be companies, newspapers, magazines, celebrities, writers, bloggers, or random fictional characters whose tweets make you smile, or even a random stranger who shares the same love for giant metal chickens as you do. Also you don’t have to follow everyone who follows you, if you don’t find them interesting enough, then just don’t follow them, if they seem like they’re spammers (you’ll know because when you go to their profile all their posts are just spammy links on how to make more money, or whatever) then you can block them and/or report them for spam.
Don’t follow random people who tweet too much, and by too much I mean every 5 minutes or less, tweeting random links and ads. Those people are known as spammers…and are just as annoying as those Facebook friends who fill up your news feed with random crap and you end up unsubscribing from all their updates. You may also find that some celebs and other people you’re following are just as annoying by tweeting way too much, so try not to follow those because then you’ll wake up to 500 new tweets and no time to read the ones you do find interesting.
Clean out your followers every once in a while (if your tweets aren’t protected) because you’re going to find a lot of spammers and ho’s following you…and you don’t want anyone (like your boss, or significant other) to find nude profile pics of your followers while they’re spying on who you’re following and who your followers are.
It’s not a competition, you don’t have to follow hundreds of people just because other people you know are, or else you won’t have time to catch up on any tweets, and at the same time you don’t have to have hundreds of followers.
I follow 37 people who are made up of mostly friends and people I know in real life (some have only joined twitter and have yet to tweet), celebrities & writers who I find interesting like @shondarhimes (creator of Greys Anatomy & Private Practice), @ajcookofficial, @pagetpaget (both actresses from Criminal Minds), @LizVassey (who played Wendy on CSI) and @TJThyne (who plays Hodgens on Bones), awesome and funny people like @hamzahmoin, @shitmydadsays and the funniest of all @TheBloggess, people who tweet show spoilers like @MichaelAusiello because I’m still a spoiler ho, and that’s about it. I used to follow a bunch of other actors and writers but it was just too much for me to keep up with so I created another twitter account, @aussiesfavorite, and added them all on there to catch up on whenever I’m bored.
I hope this post helps anyone who’s thinking of joining the awesome world of Twitter or has joined and is wondering what to do next.