It has been a few weeks since I posted about my Twitter adventures. I thought I would come back and let you know that I am still passively visiting. I never know what to Tweet - so like Thumper's Mom said in Bambi - "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Or, as adopted for the world of Twitter, if you can't tweet anything relevant, don't tweet anything at all.
I have followed a few more folks, but I have quickly decided that if you tweet non-stop throughout the day, and you are not a News outlet, you are clogging up my home page and wasting my time. I think there should be a daily limit on the amount of tweets you can send out. Seriously. It would make people more discerning with the information they share - just like they have to choose their words sparingly to get a point across. But anyway. That isn't what I intended to share about Twitter.
Through the Armchair BEA - a concept conceived on Twitter to organize an online version of the annual book conference in NYC - I participated in my first ever Twitter Party. Anyone involved in the Armchair BEA who had a Twitter account all gathered together online on Twitter at the appointed time and just chatted. The host threw out some interesting random questions about books, reading and writing to liven things up and tied it in to giveaways. So that was fun. But it also caused such a flurry of constant tweeting that technologically the Twitter system crashed and burned on my end. But before that happened, I met some new people who I have since interacted with more personally through their blogs.
The key with a Twitter Party is to grab hold of a person's comment here or there and just try to follow their name along with their conversation and respond back to get their attention. It is like any other live group chatting system - which I find to be hard to keep up with and overwhelming. But picking out one or two people to engage with and ignoring all the other postings helps to keep everything filtered and focused. There may even be a better way to participate - for example, I used the Tweet Deck system which did allow me to slow down the pace of the new tweets/comments being displayed.
Now, I may or may not have met some of these same new people anyway via their blog posts throughout the week during Armchair BEA - but having a quick conversation with them during the Twitter Party allowed me to know a bit about them first before visiting them on their blog. I am used to it working the other way around, where we interact for the first time via our blogs and then get to know each other better through direct e-mail conversations, etc. So Twitter is nice in a speed dating kind of way. I get lots of intros to new people, get a taste of their personalities, say hello and then decide who to spend more time with later.
This all tells me that I need to continue to find gatherings on Twitter by using the # hashtag search method for topics of interest. And then I can find lots more interesting people to get to know. But I'm telling you. If I start following them and they send out 50 tweets a day I'll drop them like a smelly diaper. Sometimes it is best to venture into their lives via the less frenzied world of blogging.
Our Twitter handle (is that what you call it?) is @thebumblesblog - or at least I think that's how it is expressed. So for God's sake - go follow us there so we're not all alone.