Should I tweet?
I don’t usually ask my readers for advice, but I am today. I’d like for as many of you as possible to tell me if you think I should Twitter or not. If you think I should, why? If not, why not?
A little background. I tried tweeting for the first time about 15 months ago. Just couldn’t get into it. It seemed so ridiculous–”eating scrambled eggs lol”, that kind of trivial nonsense. Also, I didn’t like the idea that one seemingly has to check Twitter out every few minutes in order to see who’s saying what. So I stopped.
A few months went by, and a variety of things encouraged me to try again. Mainly, it was the feeling that I was missing out on something. The Twitter train, everybody was saying, was leaving the station, and if you wanted it to take you where it was going, wherever that was, you had to hop onboard. So I tried again, with no more luck than the first time around. I still have my Twitter account, under my name. I have nearly 1,000 followers. And, through an automated thing that José Diaz set up for me, “my latest blog” goes up on Twitter everyday. But that’s it. I, personally, haven’t tweeted in months.
One reason I feel bad about this is because of all those Twitter followers I have. As Jose pointed out, if people take the time to follow you, it’s insulting to not talk to them. I certainly don’t want to insult anybody who’s interested enough in me to follow me on Twitter.
Twitter is getting so big, so universal and popular, that I’m again starting to wonder if I shouldn’t give it a third try. After all, I’m not a social media moron. I have this blog, which an awful lot of people read and comment upon. I use Facebook extensively, and love it. It’s not like I abhor all things Internet. I don’t. It’s just that, when it comes to Twitter, I’m intimidated.
Yes, intimidated. I realize that may not fit in with your conception of what I’m like. But it’s true. I feel inadequate when it comes to Twitter. It’s roughly the same feeling I used to have as a kid when everybody played basketball. I just couldn’t get the hang of hoops. I was fine at baseball, stickball, touch football, and other sports. But when it came to basketball, my short stature worked against me. It reached the point where I even dreaded the word “basketball” if one of my taller friends mentioned it. Same with Twitter. I don’t even like talking about it. It makes me nervous.
Maybe I should have this conversation with my shrink instead of my blog readers, but I suspect my shrink knows even less about Twitter than I do.
If there’s really a cool conversation happening on Twitter that I can be a part of, as opposed merely to the “scrambled eggs” nonsense, then I want to be part of it. If Twitter can help me get my blog across to more people, I’d like to do that. If Twitter can assist me in becoming a better, more informed and stronger writer, I’d like that. If Twitter can help keep me young and vital, it’s something I want to do. If Twitter can connect me with a new generation, that would be cool.
What do you think? Should I start tweeting again? How often do you tweet? How do you use Twitter to help you with your business? Would you follow me if I tweeted? What kinds of things would you want me to tweet about? How often? What could I say via Twitter I don’t say in my blog, except shorter? Would you expect me to reply to every one of your tweets? How do you stay abreast of the latest tech developments concerning Twitter apps? Isn’t it time consuming? Do you only tweet from your smart phone or from your desktop computer? I hope it’s not just from your smart phone, cuz I don’t have one–yet.
These are questions I think about, and I’d be enormously grateful if you took the time to give me some feedback. Thanks.
That’s Dan and Kathy Marks Hardesty at last year’s World of Pinot Noir.