I love Twitter. It’s not a secret. It’s a bit of an addiction, and it seems to be the Achilles Heel of many writers that I ‘follow.’ But there’s something about it that differentiates it in a really good way from other social networking sites.
I deactivated my Facebook some time ago, when I was going through a tough time, Facebook seems to aggravate problems, and has the capacity to hurt you. It’s too invasive. Just a few days ago I reactivated it. (You can’t delete it, go figure.) And it’s been fun but already a few things have started to get to me. This doesn’t happen with twitter!
Wikipedia defines twitter:
Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 140 million active users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. Since its launch, the Twitter website has become one of the top 10 most visited on the Internet, and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.” Unregistered users can read the tweets, while registered users can post tweets through the website interface, SMS, or a range of apps for mobile devices.
I like the challenge of condensing what you have to say into 140 characters, and reading the creativity of others in doing just this. I have found out about exciting events through twitter and most importantly found a lot of writers and therefore lots of wonderful books and writing. Sometimes you ‘get to know’ a writer and then are a little afraid to read their book incase you don’t like it, after all they are so lovely, but thankfully that has rarely happened! I’m sure people use twitter for lots of different things, but I love feeling a part of the writing or at least reading community through twitter.
Anyway, I wanted to share some lovely twittery stories with you.
First of all, Irish writer Marian Keyes. Or should I say @MarianKeyes. She’s only recently got on ‘d twitters’ and she loves it. And we love her (even more) for it. Her enthusiasm for twitter is lovely and so funny, and it’s infectious. I love all the things she loves about twitter, I just wouldn’t think to tweet about it. She is so gracious and apologetic, cute and hilarious, and if you are on ‘d twitters’, I really recommend following her. So far, as she has gotten the hang of it, she has held not one but two Raffles ! And people have been tweeting her non-stop to win BB Creams and pens and there were ‘Glitterin’ events where the winners were picked out of the Salad Spinner of Happiness. (You should definitely check out these videos . They will cheer you up.)
Watch this video Himself Keyes made in March, and it’s so Marian and exciting and wonderful. It makes me giggle every time.
Secondly, I stumbled across a friendly singer/songwriter called John MacLeod. He appreciates twitter too, and he once told me ‘the best way is to be positive and sociable.’ Good advice for life and for twitter. Anyway, he has a pretty song that’s inspired by twitter, and you should listen to it. ‘Invisible lights join us like stars, regardless of where we are.’ Follow @mrjohnmacleod
I’ve seen people be cheered up, even put back on their feet again by caring twitter friends, people have made me laugh and things shared have made me cry. Yes there are untrustworthy people, but I see a kind genuineness among some of the people I have encountered.
I ran into one of my twitter friends in Dublin, twice! But not asking her was she indeed @NiamhMadden is going on my regret list along with not ringing my sister during Biffy Clyro because I thought she was working. When we went to Josh Ritter’s book signing in Dublin last Monday, I thought I spotted her in the queue. Then two days later, as we were preparing to go home to Derry, we decided to get something to eat before the 4 hour bus journey. Wwe walked the length of Grafton Street looking somewhere quick to get chips and when we found somewhere and then I instantly recognised the girl behind the counter. It was Niamh! She took our order and brought us down our food and the whole time M was asking me to go up to her and ask her, but I was too shy, and I was afraid that it wasn’t her. I didn’t know she lived in Dublin! I had no internet and when I finally got home that night I had a tweet from Niamh:
Aww, it was meant to be and we didn’t talk! It was still amazing though, of all the places in Dublin…
Finally, the most special twitter thing that happened remains to be Josh Ritter recognising me and inscribing my book to his ‘twitter friend.’ See my last post. There’s something about twitter!
You can find me @thebadactress. May we continue to connect, learn and love on twitter!
Two more people that have meant a lot to me on twitter are @lupusinflight – I found her through @MarianKeyes, she’s a wonderful, kind and beautiful poet – her blog is here… and @tedmcwhirter, who is ‘alphabettering’ herself wonderfully over at her blog.