Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love Twitter

May 10, 2016

Chess Board - TwitterI 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?

One Comment

  • Tabitha May 14, 2016 at 4:45 am

    All good reasons here. Though everything you listed can be done on just about any social media these days. Twitter, FB, Instagram, etc. all allow for immediate interaction if people feel up to it, you can use hashtags, you can share/like, and you don’t have to post long statuses are just some of the things. Though really I think it’s more about the person, and how they choose to use it, than what you get out a social media option so it can be really subjective.

    For me, I get a great deal more out of FB or Instagram than I do Twitter. I never really took to it. My stuff auto-posts to there, and once in a blue moon I might hit it up, but for the most part I just find it a little less useful and somewhat hard to navigate at times. And if I’m really honest I enjoy Instagram a great deal more than FB cause it has a strong writing and reading community with lots of interaction.

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