Tweet to Whom?

RoOkin  follows 133, and has 155 followers, with 2598 updates. – Tues 16th March 1:51pm

I have a strange relationship with Twitter. It is a kind of love/hate relationship. I love that it’s only 140 characters and that it is full of interesting people.  It is the social networking/blogging site that I use the most.  Far more than any blog.  Even facebook doesn’t really get a look in anymore and as for my MySpace, It died a death a long time ago.  There is something about twitter being short & sweet that appeals to me. I am not really one with words and so the status update style really works for me, however finding something interesting to tweet about is another thing. I don’t know whether ‘I just ate hula hoops for lunch’ is really an appealing read or not? Yeah, It’s probably not but then at least it’s something, rather than nothing. This is where I get to what I hate about Twitter, and there isn’t many things, but one of the things that really bug me are bots. I hate bots! Bots and fake celebrity accounts which I guess I could class as bots. For example I once had Peter Jackson following me… Really? Peter Jackson, the famous director of King Kong and The Lord of The Rings trilogy really wanted to know what I was getting up to? I also got my account hacked a few months ago and it was the first time I have ever had an account of mine hacked. Days later my facebook was hacked, I assume these incidents were related as at the time both my Facebook and Twitter accounts had the same password. 

At this moment I follow 133 people and have 155 followers.  Now, I am always on the look out for more interesting people to follow but at the same time I do not follow back everyone that follows me. I have my own little list of rules of who I follow. I say rules, it’s more of a guidline which goes something like this.

  • Follow Local People.

If I see an account for someone who lives near me I am more likely to follow them because I am more likely to relate to their tweets.

  • Not Just a Pretty Face.

I tend to steer clear of girls (or guys) who have model looks in their profile pic. I will then assume the picture is not of them and therefore they are a bot or it’s just a fake account. I am the same if they have no profile pic. If they have no profile pic and follow 2384 people (see below) then I will assume it’s just a bot.  If you have the time to follow lots of people then why not find the time to sort out a profile pic?  However I am fine with random artistic imagines as a profile pic. In fact I find them intriguing.

  • Not too many.

If someone follows 3240234 people and only has 29 followers I assume they are just a bot and won’t follow them back.

  • Cat got your tongue?

I have found a few people I know on twitter but they have never posted anything, so I just assume that they joined Twitter to see what all the fuss is about and then decided that Twitter wasn’t for them. I have also had people following me who have never posted anything so I don’t see the point of following them back.  What’s the point of following someone if they never tweet? I will also more likely follow someone who will reply to my tweets.

This little guide has served me well so far. Granted celebrities and people I know in person or I know from other website or communities don’t really fall into this list. However I don’t tend to follow a lot of celebs, but the celebs I do follow, I follow because I will always be interested in what they have to say, even if I never interact with them. I have tweeted the odd celeb and got a reply. Nothing like receiving a tweet from Kevin Smith or Dave Gorman to put me in a good mood and brighten up my day.


Strange Dream

I had a dream last night that I lived in a strange house with lots of little nooks and crannies, The part of the house I lived was like a lighthouse tower to get access to it you needed to go out of the main house into the garden and through a maze. The maze was a typical hedge maze and didn’t seem to be anything special but one night I got lost trying to find my way back to my tower.  The maze seemed to be different then it was before. I had a sat nav at mine which showed the maze layout and when I finally go there. I went back out to make sure that I wasn’t going mad and that the maze had changed. I looked at my sat nav and I was right. The sat nav was out of date and the maze was different.

 According to my sat nav I would be walking through walls. I then realised that I was lost again but then I remembered what Hermione Granger once said to me (as in my dream she was a real person and a friend of mine). She said ‘Whenever you encounter any problem that has no solution, all you need to do is stop and think. You may well understand that it is not a problem to begin with.’ I then noticed that I was a long straight path with little sections of benches facing each other on the left as if I was walking up an old train carriage. I noticed that there was a girl who was sat at one of these benches and I recognised her as being Andi a friend of mine. She was dressed in the uniform of the ‘Beauxbatons Academy of Magic’. I thought that this would be the best place to stop and think. I sat opposite her and tried to talk to her but I suddenly felt like I was in danger. Where I was sitting started to melt into one of carriages of the Hogwarts Express. The train was going very fast and I knew something bad was going to happen. Andi didn’t seem to react to the danger and just calmly sat there. Maybe she was behind this? I tried to think I spells I knew. I didn’t know any. I felt I needed to find my girlfriend Sally as she knows a lot more about Harry Potter than I do. That need to find Sally woke me up. I then realised that it was just a dream and asking Sally now if she knew any spells was a bit pointless 🙂