Twitter didn’t not sing to me in the beginning. My husband, a tech nerd-not-nerd was on Twitter and he’s a man of few words for the world; he’s more of a face to face type definitely not a broadcaster type. His family back in Ireland knows what he’s up to only because I never shut up, primarily on Facebook. I post where we are, what we’re doing and muse about ridiculous things. I’m guilty as a “broadcaster” type, but do it mostly for my own amusement and sanity. I know that if people don’t wanna hear it, they can un-follow me and I’m none the wiser, and definitely not insulted. My brain moves fast. There’s a lot going on up there. I LOVE interaction and fun is fun. I like to laugh. I like to make others laugh. I enjoy people’s wit and occasional wisdom even. But Twitter? Really? I didn’t get it.
Maybe it was the wimpy 140 characters that just didn’t appeal. I mean, what the hell can you say in so few letters? So, when I first started looking over the hub’s shoulder, or hearing what he thought was interesting from his feed, it got a bit more intriguing. Granted, we like a bunch of the same things like soccer, rugby, news, the outdoors, adventures, hiking, mountain biking.. okay you get the picture, so I was being slowly sucked in by his constant flow of interesting news. So, I tried it a few times. Hashtags? What? Why?
Well, and here I am 1001 tweets later. I’m hooked. I’ve learned a lot. I even really enjoy Twitter Chats. (Yes, another thing I thought was just dumb in the beginning) I don’t have time to get involved in many, but here are the ones I’ve found interesting:
#BlogElevated – Bloggers chatting about technology and blog stuff, Tuesday nights 9-10 CST.
#ATQA – Adventure Travel Q&A, Wednesdays 2PM Pacific Time.
#trailtime – I believe it has something to do with Sierra Trading Post, but it’s a bunch of adventurous outdoorsy people talking about being outside and adventuring, and happens Thursdays 11AM MDT.
They’re fun and extremely fast paced. I learn things and I get to interact with people I will never meet. I get to peek inside their worlds for a moment and learn what they know. There’s no time to think. Tweets are flying, people are funny, knowledgeable and interesting! What’s not to like? Why did I wait so long?
Twitter has been a surprise for me. I love social media but truly did not expect to enjoy this one. Like the hubs, Twitter is my first source for news. I get to decide if I follow a story all the way through and click the link for the full story. Suffice it to say if it has anything to do with reality shows, I’m not interested and I don’t have to waste my time. It’s so glorious to pick what I want to read about without wasting time! It’s 140 characters and in this case, it’s a great thing. Now I get it! I follow a lot of folks. If they are lame, I unfollow quickly. I don’t like spammy and I don’t like people who do nothing but quote other people. I wanna hear what people have to say for themselves. Entertain me! Educate me! Interact with me. Retweet me for gosh sakes. #tweeps
Have any cool Twitter chats I should look out for? Come join me sometime on the ones above! @adverbcreative
Are you an “early adapter” to new technologies? As an aficionado and habitual student and participant of social media, I tend to want to jump at the chance to try new platforms, ideas and mediums. That being said, sometimes I, quite frankly, don’t have the time or energy to figure it all out. Does that stop me? Not always, though sometimes in retrospect I wish I’d listened to that wee voice saying, “Really? You have no idea what you’re doing. Stop. Just stop.” It’s a funny, wise voice actually, but boring as hell.
So, Periscope. I’d heard of it before, but since I’m not a video fan, I shrugged it off. The other night I joined the one Twitter Chat that I’m most consistent with, Blog Elevated. (#blogelevated). The chat happens Tuesday nights from 9-10 PM CST, and we discuss blogging and social media mostly. I really enjoy it in a nerdy sort of way. The topic was Periscope and I thought I’d sit back and log off early. Well, that didn’t happen, I attended the after party and watched a few live streaming chats with people. So, if you’re not familiar with the app, it’s really just another live streaming app. There are several out there including Meerkat that was all the rage during SXSW. The difference is that Periscope is owned by Twitter. (I think I have that right). So, when you use it, you have the option to push a Tweet out there to all your followers that notifies them automatically that you’re using Periscope live.
People laugh when I say I’m a bit shy. I am and I’m not. Face to face, I’m definitely not shy. On camera though, it’s a completely different story. All of the sudden I’m tongue tied, and very self conscious. I don’t know how actors do it! So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it! It’s actually fun if I’m not just sitting there talking as a talking head. A lot of my “friends” on the Blog Elevated chat tend to sit and just stream visuals of themselves sitting at their computers talking about… whatever. Aaack, I’m not comfortable with that. No thank you. For me, it’s actually kind of fun as long as I’ve got the camera facing out. THAT to me is interesting. I want to see wee glimpses of people’s lives. I don’t want to hear folks chat about how to comb the cat so it doesn’t shed buckets on the furniture. I want to see what others see.
My few Periscopes (is that what we’re supposed to call them?) so far have been live streaming parts of my friends’ show (so talented, and sweet). They’re called Beat Root and she’s from Northern Ireland and he’s from Kent, England. They’re an adorable couple with an amazing sound. (Please go check them out because you will thank me.) I’ve streamed a bit of a walk the other morning on an old abandoned golf course and the view of rain and hummingbirds from my back porch swing. My first try was hilarious. I was trying to get the camera to face me and when it did and I appeared on my screen it startled me enough that I jumped. Yep, I’m amazing.
I’ve always been one with a big imagination and penchant for day dreaming. I always imagine what’s going on in people’s houses, what they look like inside (the houses, I mean…) and who lives there. I can hear live music and want to stop and soak up the sights and sounds, and people watch. I love the idea of a window into someone else’s world who I will never meet. It’s kind of a blog (I love it when people post pictures from their runs or walks… I get to see what they see everyday… cool!), live streaming. I can see that this could have HUGE implications when breaking news is happening. It turns all of us into journalists. We tend to complain about the media being biased and I’m not saying people will be, but to see things unfold from the ground… that’s interesting.
It is interactive too. People who are watching your stream can type in a message. You see it pop up and can address it with your live stream. You have to do it verbally, of course, because you’re streaming! If folks like what you’re doing, they can tap the screens on their phones and it produces hearts which you see float up the side of your feed. Hearts are good, and it’s immediate validation. I’ve been told there are trolls, there always are, whose only purpose is to sour your feed with crap remarks. You can tap them as soon as they come up and start posting, you tap and block. Done. Currently, the app is only available for iPhone, I think. You know how quickly things change, it’s just a matter of time. The app on the phone is great, but if you’re using Twitter on your computer, you can watch videos and interact with them from your computer. I just don’t think you can broadcast. Another interesting feature is that you can watch past streams if you follow someone. So, for a limited amount of time, your streams are available. Then, they’re gone. So, you can check some of mine out to see if they’re still up.
If you’re interested in following me (and giving me floating hearts) as I learn this app, please follow me at @adverbcreative on twitter. I try to follow back. I’d like to know if you’re using Periscope. What do you like about it, what do you NOT like about it? Any tips, tricks or hints? And just in the spirit of the window into a life, here’s a photo of the walk this morning. Enjoy.
Admit it, you thought the couple singing at the gas pump were real, you laughed your butt off when the twerker girl caught on fire, and you might have even been a little bit baffled by the Manti Te’o mysterious dead girlfriend media frenzy. Yes, I fell for those too, among a few others. Am I weird to say that I enjoy finding out some of these stupid things were hoaxes? And then there are those who make me mad like the waitress who posted the receipt that said the family wouldn’t tip her because of her lifestyle choices. She played on the sympathies of good people, and people actually sent her money to pay for the “bad” family who didn’t tip. Boo!
There are even some up there that *gasp* I’d never even heard of, so those were interesting too.
Enjoy the list by Mashable of the “Top Hoaxes of 2013.” You know you fell for at least one of them.
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