I admit it. I have fallen in love with Twitter. Here are ten quick reasons why:
- Real time interaction
When you talk to someone on Twitter, chances are good they’re right there talking back. It’s the closest thing to old-school chat rooms (outside of new-school chat rooms).
- The ability to follow famous people without being a stalker
I admit it, I get a kick out of reading tweets from famous people. Stephen King and I have an online relationship and he doesn’t even know it. (Or he didn’t before this post.)
- Quick moments of inspiration
Being interactive in a quick way puts my brain into high creative gears.
- Less invasive for my writing time than Facebook (sorry, Facebook!)
I allow myself time on Twitter only a couple of times a day. Once I close it, I ignore it. Facebook pokes at me all day.
- Cleans up those adverbs and adjectives
I only have 140 characters. I don’t waste a lot of them on adverbs and adjectives, which indirectly translates to cleaner writing.
- #Hashtags, #Hashtags, and more #Hashtags
I have a not-so-secret love affair going with #Hashtags. Unfortunately, she refuses to be exclusive. Fortunately, no one else seems to mind. How much fun is it to see all the other people (including those you don’t know or follow) talking about something you have an interest in?
- When someone follows me, I feel like they like me
Sure, I’m deluding myself, but it’s not like they can tell me they don’t. Most of them want me to follow them back, so they don’t unfollow me. Major ego boost.
- When someone retweets me, I feel like I am funny
I’m funny whether they retweet me or not, but it’s tiring doing my own affirmation all the time.
- If I don’t want to respond, I just go offline. Who responds to tweets from 3 hours ago?
Okay, I admit it. I do respond to tweets from three hours ago. But maybe this one time, I didn’t, so I’m not being rude if I don’t respond.
- Trends are great writing prompts
Anyone who hasn’t used a trending topic for writing inspiration is missing out. Sometimes it’s inspiration for a blog post. Sometimes a story jumps out of there. Either way, I like to keep up on the trending topics.
What about you? Why do you like (or hate) Twitter?