I was a latecomer to Twitter. Very late.
But man, oh man, am I hooked. I love Tweeting random thoughts, hash-tagging (is that even a word? If not, I just made it up) and finding others who are talking about similar topics. And then, there are some really funny comments. Some people – like Jennifer Weiner – were just born to tweet.
But now it’s becoming addicting. Every minute there are a flurry of tweets, many with links to interesting articles, funny photos and stories and blogs that I want to read. As I type away trying to work and write, I notice the number of tweets on the top of my toolbar going up from 1 to 2 to 5 to 20 to 100 in a matter of an hour, sometimes even quicker.
Reading through my Twitter feed is starting to feel like reading The New York Times. As I read the paper, I begin to feel like I am so behind. There are so many good books I haven’t read, movies and plays I haven’t seen, cool places I have yet to visit and weird, interesting people I want to meet. I have to keep a notebook by my side when reading so I can add to my ongoing list of books, blogs and articles to read and movies and plays to see.
My list keeps growing at warp speed. And I can’t keep up.
I love that this is a new way to converse and find other writers, readers, moms and wine lovers, but what is the best way to keep up with it all? How do you manage Twitter? Do you limit the number of people you follow? Do you keep Twitter open while you work or only check it sporadically throughout the day?
What do you other tweeters out there do? (And does anyone else hate saying, “tweet” as much as I do?)
I gotta go…there are 4 new tweets and they are calling my name.