December 15th, 2012

orac

My year on Twitter

This year is not over yet, of course, but I broke my personal record both for most retweets and for biggest potential readership of a retweet during 2012. Collapse )

What all this says to me is that Twitter has become much bigger for me this year as a focus of my online activity. I use Tweetdeck to read both Twitter and Facebook in a single column on my phone; and while a year or so ago, I guess I would see roughly equivalent numbers of posts to each, tweets now outnumber Facebook posts by a factor of at least five and maybe ten. It is increasingly the case that if you aren't on Twitter, you're not in the online conversation.

It has drawbacks as well. The sheer volume of information is such that one cannot read everything; I was always able to read my LJ friends feed, even back in the days when it was much bigger (and I have another post coming about that), but Twitter has too much and moves too fast. So you have to adapt to the fact that you will only be diiping in and out of the conversation as it suits you, and that you need to know how to retrieve posts that may be of interest. At least it is fairly straightforward to know when you are being addressed, quoted or otherwise invoked, and to then respond if you wish. But the lack of arhciving is a frustration (if not as bad as Facebook, and with promises that it will improve).

And if you aren't already, please do follow me at @nwbrux.