This week I finally joined Twitter. There is always resistance to new things, especially if you are taken out of your comfort zone. Joining Twitter was no different for me. I had a few challenges that I needed to overcome so I can move on to discovering how wonderful the world of Tweeting can be. Here are 3 of them:
1. 140 characters. This goes back to the time when you get charged for every text message sent, and you have to make sure that your whole message fits in one text. It encourages short cuts, or text lingo. R U THRE? RUNNING L8. C U SOON. I don’t know if I can live with that. I like my words and sentences complete. However, there is a good side to this limitation. People are encouraged to be concise, direct, and interesting. If you can’t say it in a few words, people lose interest. People like reading the headlines, and then decide if they want to read the whole article.
2. Learning new jargon. There is a difference between retweeting and replying to a tweet. It sounds pretty basic but it was sure confusing to me as a Twitter newbie. It took me a while to realize that there was a difference between @me and #me. It’s not difficult, just another thing to get used to. #justsayin
3. Who to follow. When you sign up, you are asked to follow a few individuals, groups, or sites that you know nothing about. I have family and friends on my list of people to follow. Unfortunately they are not active “tweeters” or “twitterers”. Creating a solid list of people to follow will happen over time. As you discover the type of posts that you are interested in, you can always cut or add to your list.