Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Living On Twitter
· Should I just post my blog entry on Twitter, line by line?
· It kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?
· Can I then tweet each question, one at a time, spanning the full blog post?
· I don’t see why not, do you?
· How many tweets use up exactly 140 characters?
· How often do you type a tweet that oversteps the 140 limit, requiring you to truncate your jeweled thought?
· How often does someone send out the same tweet as another?
· What percentage of tweets contain a link?
· How frequently do we repeat our own tweet, accidently or intentionally?
· How often is a tweet retweeted?
· Do you spend more time tweeting or reading other tweets?
· Do you struggle to find something to tweet about – or do you want to empty out everything on your mind?
· Are you jealous or envious of people with large Twitter followings?
· Do you read several tweets in a row and find you have no clue what is being said?
· Will Twitter damage our ability to use big words or to express thoughts beyond a dozen words?
· Can tweeting help stimulate our brain, like a Rubik’s Cube, and stave off Alzheimer’s?
· Does the world seem more exciting on Twitter or would you rather do laundry – and then tweet about it?
· Has anyone invented a Twitter app where it spits out potential tweets that you then choose to send?
· How often must one tweet in the course of a day to build up a substantial following?
· Is Twitter dominated by marketers who hawk something or do ordinary people use it just to tell us they ate pizza?
· Did you know there are 17,576 possible 3-letter tweets, if all possible letter combinations could form real words?
· And 6-letter tweet combo possibilities number over 308 million?
· How many possible tweets could there be when assigning a letter to each character but allow for spaces/punctuation?
· With 2 million words in the English language is there an exact formula to ponder how many different tweets could exist?
· If you add in countless names, misspellings, and made-up words, do you know how many tweets will come?
· How often do you post the same thing on Facebook as you do Twitter?
· Would you pay money if it meant your tweets could exceed 140 characters?
· Do you make life decisions based on what you read on Twitter?
· How many tweets use fewer than 50 characters – enough to say 6-10 words depending on length and spelling?
· Will we develop a whole new language on Twitter, a kind of Moss Code?
· When’s the last time you mailed a letter to someone that didn’t contain a solicitation?
· What is the ratio or correlation between the number of Twitter followers and the number of tweets you sent?
· Did you know I sampled 10 non-celebrity twits and found the average tweeter sends 1.5 tweets per person they follow?
· Or that they have twice as many following them than they follow?
· How many tweets does one send out to everyone vs. one on one or private ones?
· Why do I have so many questions about Twitter?
· How many books has Twitter sold?
· If you could change one thing about Twitter, what would it be?
· Will you tweet my blog post?
· Will you now question all facets of Twitter?
The above series of questions were posted, one by one, on Twitter today. I am not sure why I did it, just as an artist probably doesn't know why he or she splashes a canvass a certain way. But these are all questions that came to me naturally. I am both curious with and disgusted by Twitter. It is the medium I love to hate and hate to love. But it has great potential, if one can harness it properly.
I tweet, therefore I am.
Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person.