Friday, 18 January 2013

Are you a Twit?

Just over a year ago, when I started this blog, one of my first posts was on Facebook and Twitter. Here is an update:

When Twitter first appeared on the scene, I didn't understand it and I didn't even want to try and learn what it was and how it works. I had an account but it lay dormant with no activity at all for quite some time. It didn't take long to learn what trends and hashtags meant and before I knew it, I had fallen for it, in quite a bit way.


I am now a Twit. Tweeter. Twitterer. However you want to call it, I now love tweeting. In the same way that I love writing my blog.

I've considered setting up "Twitter Addicts Anonymous" because I don't think its just me that loves it. Having said that, I do love it but I don't think I am addicted i.e. I think I could manage without it. I have observed many people who tweet much more than me. Much more.

I Googled "Twitter Addiction" and this quiz came up - apparently I am 41% addicted. If Twitter Addiction actually existed, here is what recovery might involve, following the same format as Alcoholics Anonymous:

12 Steps to Recovery from Twitter Addiction
(based on AA)

1. We admitted we were powerless over Twitter - that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to TWITTERHOLICS, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

We've all become obsessed with checking who has unfollowed us (there is a website which tells you - I admit I have used it) -  as if it really matters that the caravan retailer that followed you two months ago  has given up reading your despair over the shock results from the X Factor or  complaints that a university lecture has dragged on for longer than necessary... - how did they find me and why did they press follow in the first place?!


On another Twitter note, this week OneMoreMum wrote a piece about Twitter and Triggers and I share many of the same thoughts as her. I don't enjoy scrolling through my newsfeed reading endless tweets from people who I follow begging celebrities for a RT (retweet) or follow. 

As OneMoreMum wrote, I am glad it exists. I have come across some phenomenal people through Twitter (some of whom I am meeting for the first time on Sunday). In terms of mental illness, I share the same concerns as OMM and I am not able to express this any better than her....

"I worry about whether it is always a safe place for those trying to stay recovered, whether it would be a betrayal to say Actually, I’m ok now. I don’t have anorexia any more. I eat normally. But I am still a really fascinating person – there are a thousand other things about be that define me far more than the mental illness I once had. I don’t know."

Here are some fun and super duper people that I follow on Twitter:
(There are lots and I can't name you all...)

@OneMoreMum
@PollyEddis
@Queen_UK
@FollowBDT

There are so many amazing advantages to using Social Media but it must be used in a responsible way - without letting it it take over our lives or replacing human to human/face to face contact... I admit that I hope my Twitter Follower Count continues to rise over the next few weeks and months. But I am not going to get upset if it doesn't and I am not going to go out of my way to "make" it happen... I will tweet responsibly and relevantly... (is relevantly even a word?)

What do you think about all this? Do you understand Twitter? Do you use it? Have you got anything to add to what I have said here? Let me know if so (via a Tweet...?!)

5 comments:

  1. Very good article Miranda, keep up the good work!! x

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    1. Thanks so much - chuffed you like it and hope all well xx

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  2. incredibly insight into the to's and throws that is twitter, what is your opinion on the clear lack of free speech on twitter that has come about recently

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    1. you are incredibly thick

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    2. High Grade Smoker18 January 2013 at 16:39

      for sure there is a point to the above question, ganjaman you clearly dont smoke enough grade

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