Unsocial Media, or Twirpy, Twirpy, Tweep-Tweep

As a person who is, as Angela Lansbury would say, “somewhere between forty and death,” I am not as proficient with social media sites as those who were born in the Game Boy age. But I have made attempts both with Facebook and, my latest, Twitter. At the suggestion of my publicist, we asked a few college-age people to sign me up for suitable people/organizations to follow on Twitter, in hopes that those people would, in turn, follow my Tweets. I guess the effort was successful; I now follow more than 1,200 Tweeps (as they are called) and I am being followed by just over 200 at this writing.

I composed a few informative tweets (eight at that time), and then received a message from one of my followers saying something on the order of “You would have more followers if you sent out tweets more often.” This from a woman who had sent out more than 11,000 tweets. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t done 11,000 things worth reporting to strangers in my whole life, so if that’s her standard she can unfollow and unfriend me if she wishes.

Who knows, however, what the future holds. As my books make their way into the world, perhaps that’s how fans will let me know they have enjoyed them. And if that’s what it takes to establish a foothold as an author, then I’ll tweet up a birdsong of a storm.

2 thoughts on “Unsocial Media, or Twirpy, Twirpy, Tweep-Tweep

  1. Count me among the social-networking luddites – I don’t tweet, don’t receive any tweeps, and remain unfazed because I basically don’t get it. How can someone follow 1200 tweets or read comments from 200 of those who tweep? How do you know most of them aren’t twarts (twitter bowel gas)? What information do these missives impart that enriches daily life? What is the meaning of a high number of tweets and twips – is a high number better than a low one? Is this equivalent to having a social life?

    I think these developments fall under the prediction of Marshal McLuhan when he said (in the l960’s) “The medium IS the message” in describing the future of social communication.

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