A week of Twitter

October 15, 2008 | 7 comments

Shannon has convinced me to try Twitter. It’s amazing that it’s taken me this long to try it since I have used pretty much all the other “putting every single thought that crosses your mind on the internet”-related programs in existence. What sold me on it was Shannon’s assurance that it’s a great way to keep up with people and can actually be used efficiently to save time, as long as you limit yourself and don’t let it become a distraction. The first part sounds great. But not limiting myself and letting it become a distraction is sort of the story of my relationship with the internet, so we’ll how it goes.

Because of my sneaking suspicion that I might end up letting this allow me to procrastinate more than I already do, I’m going to just do a week trial period for now. Next Wednesday I’ll reevaluate and decide if I’m going to stick with it.

Knowing me, I probably won’t be able to handle it. If I had to guess, I’d say the five likeliest reasons that I’ll have to discontinue Twitter use are:

  1. 90% of the posts will begin with “I’m supposed to be using this time to work on my book, but…”
  2. I’ll be talking to someone and forget it’s not private and end up saying something inappropriate / offensive / incriminating.
  3. As I have a bad tendency to do with most web stats, I’ll interpret the “followers” number to represent my value as a human being.
  4. I will reveal to the world how disturbingly little I leave the house by the number and frequency of updates.
  5. My husband will come home to the kids painting the walls with toxic chemicals from a cabinet they raided, toys will strewn across the living room, dinner boiling over on the stove, and if he tries to ask me about it I’ll say without looking up from my laptop, “Can’t talk. Busy Twittering. If you have something to say, text me on Twitter @conversiondiary.”

All that said, I’m looking forward to trying it. You can find me at twitter.com/conversiondiary.


  1. Heather

    Your reason #5 sounded remarkably like me on Facebook. Oh, but it’s fun!

  2. Shannon @ Rocks In My Dryer

    I can’t wait to hear your assessment!

  3. Kylie w Warszawie

    I twitter, but I lost interest within the first 2 weeks when I realized that 1) I am not the most amusing person out there and 2) I get frustrated when I follow someone but they don’t follow me. Particularly when all they do is update REPEATEDLY that they have a new post on their blog.

    I found it to be too much frustration, too little fun, and didn’t make me a better person (actually quite the opposite).

    I hope you like it better:).

  4. Hairline Fracture

    I can’t wait to get your tweets! (That term sounds wrong somehow, but I guess it’s better than “twits.”)

  5. Karen

    my advice – since we are all limited to 140 characters about how you are supposed to be using the time for work….b/c that's true of everyone Twitter. I love it, but truthfully, I'm never there when I have actual free time.
    Procrastination has its purposes & I like to use my share up twittering/facebooking/youtubing as much as the next girl!

  6. LauraAnne

    Hmm. As for the # of followers thing, you had 59 before I added you (making it a nice, round 60). On the other hand, I have a grand total of 3.

    I love it because it is only little short updates. When I post to my blog, it always feels like I’m cheating somehow if it is just a one or two line post. Plus, I can post about the odd things I find on campus when I find them, not 3 or 4 hours later when I have already mostly forgotten what I was going to post in the first place and am now trying to blow it up into at least a paragraph or two.

  7. razzler

    I tried Twitter but couldn’t think of anything interesting/funny to say so deleted it.

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