I tried to do it right. I followed Nina Badzin’s Twitter tips. I put people on lists. I followed other writers and ELL educators. I used good Twitter manners. I didn’t tweet twenty times an hour.
Still, I have yet to feel like Twitter has enriched my life. Most of my personal friends on Twitter put their tweets on Facebook, too. I’ve connected with some new bloggers, and Twitter is a good way to keep up with new blog posts, but I could always subscribe to or bookmark their blogs! The rest of the people I follow are either poetry or education sources that post news in the field (and also sometimes tweet about random stupid things). Again, I can access all that info via websites and Facebook. I don’t really need Twitter.
Additionally, I’ve discovered a big “tweet peeve:” Over-tweeters!!!! These are the people who tweet several times an hour. I even unfollowed someone (not a personal friend) because she tweeted about every little detail of her life constantly! Five to six tweets a day. That’s enough, people!
Lastly, Twitter is just one more thing to distract me from the real writing I’m supposed to be doing. It’s hard enough to squeeze in 30 minutes a day when I work full time and have the kids all by myself 3 nights a week (husband’s a volleyball coach). Throw in Facebook, emails, blogging, internet surfing/news reading, and Twitter! It’s too much!
So I am officially calling all tweeters: Why should I keep tweeting?