Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I've been Twittering

So every once in a while I go to and put in some innocuous statement of 140 words or less and hope that someone will find me stunningly interesting.

Yesterday I learned that someone was going to lunch with Dave. Dave rocks.

I was going to respond that it was, in fact, I who was having lunch with Dave Rocks. But I restrained myself.

Twitter really wants me to set my cell phone so I can truly be in touch, no matter what. So I, too, can say I was earlier at the laundromat.

But hey, someone from Flint is now "following" me (as I picked a few people from MA to "follow"). So far, all I've learned is what Ari has been up to the last 2 days ... oh, and that Skye went to Mad Martha's for lunch!

I suspect that this might go the same way as LinkedIn ... never go on there anymore.


Ari Herzog said...

To confuse your readers more, I don't post Twitter messages on my blog (other than the last five at the very bottom of the page).

I post to Twitter and you may follow me here.

mary said...

Yesterday on Twitter I asked someone for a recipe. That was about it.

If the day comes where I hook up my cell phone to Twitter, I give you permission to publicly humiliate me.

Gillian Swart said...

Oh, Mary, may I follow you on Twitter?

Ari, aren't you supposed to respond when people tweet you, or whatever it's called? You never respond to me! How social is that???? :)

mary said...

I know, I know, Gillian - you can't resist the lure of the gold that flows from my tweets. My handle is maryeliz - it should come up if you search. (I'm not HTML savvy like Ari and don't know how to imbed the link...)

Gillian Swart said...

OK, Mary, now I'm following you like ... like ... a mosquito on steroids!

mary said...

At the risk of dragging this on for too's a funny (and useful!) article on Twitter etiquette:

Gillian Swart said...

Thanks, Mary. How does one respond to direct messages, according to etiquette? And what the hell is lol

Ari Herzog said...

To understand Twitter, watch this video to grasp it in plain English.

The best analogy to Twitter and other microblogging platforms (Tumblr, Pownce, Jaiku, etc) is a CB radio. Imagine driving down a highway with one or being stationary in your room with a ham version. There are many conversations, and you can engage in whatever chatter you want. But you can't follow everyone at once.

I follow about 200 people and about 300 follow me. I don't read everyone's messages, nor they mine. But if I reply to someone, they see it in a separate notification. Direct messages are separate, still. You send/reply to people with the @ and to direct messages with a d. has a help section. Read it.

I also suggest not to use the web interface but to download to your computer either Twhirl or Tweetdeck, or Twitterfox to your browser.

mary said... is a site where you can plug in a really long URL and make it tiny. It's helpful when you're sending a link to someone, especiall over Twitter.

As for Direct Messages, you can reply to those directly within Twitter...and think of them as an e-mail to you. Sometimes you need to reply, but not always, depending on the subject. Sometimes I'll reply to a DM directly within Twitter; other times, with an e-mail, if I can't be confined by 140 characters!

Gillian Swart said...

Thanks, guys! Ari - Me read instructions/help sections? Are you nuts? lol