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A Year on Twitter

If your first year on Twitter was condensed into one week, it might go something like this:

Monday
Spend two hours thinking up a witty user name only to find out it’s already taken.

Settle with @wobblytits, something you will later regret.

Follow @stephenfry

Tuesday
Add every celebrity you see on the TV and stare at your monitor desperately trying to come up with something interesting to say.

Tweet “I’m having an egg sandwich”.

Sit back satisfied.

Wednesday
Realise Twitter is better if you follow real people so add everyone Twitter recommends.

Miss most of Dancing on Ice because you’re too busy tweeting about it.

You haven’t eaten for two days and you’re wearing the same clothes you were yesterday.

Thursday
Get over excited when people start following you. One of them is topless but is a ‘social media expert’.

You follow them back.

Download the mobile app.

Your visits to the toilet increase as you hide in there tweeting because it’s starting to piss off your husband.

Friday
Go out with the few ‘real’ friends you have.

Spend most of the night checking your timeline and showing your friends the hilarious tweets.

Your friends respond with “Is that funny then?”

Saturday
Sign up to The Social List, Klout, Twitter Grader and SocialBro and obsessively check your on-line influence. @TweetSmarter is your new bible.

You are unfollowed for the first time.

Buy a bottle of wine to numb the pain.

You are retweeted for the first time.

Buy a bottle of wine to celebrate and drunkenly tweet until 3 a.m.

Sunday
Regret your tweets of Saturday night and desperately try to delete them.

Dinner is ruined because you were kicking ass in a hashtag game.

Your husband left you on Thursday and you haven’t noticed yet.

My First Week On Google+

Getting an invite to Google+ was like being invited to the coolest party ever. I couldn’t wait to get my account set up, stick a random picture on and then…. and then…. not much happened.

Then I realised, you have to ‘put people in your circles’, like ‘friending’ on Facebook or ‘following’ on Twitter. Otherwise, you’re just staring at a blank page with a really great picture of you own face.

Google+ suggested I follow Christina Trapolino; she seemed to know quite a bit about how to use this new social experience and had some great tips. I even joined in a couple of the discussions, but then people started to talk about Evernote and Meta something so I quietly left the conversation.

People were also talking about how the whole Google+ experience will be enhanced by posting great content and sharing interesting links. What are you an expert at which you could share with the rest of the Googleverse, they asked?

There’s the thing. If I have to make a list of things I’m an expert in it would include; procrastination, changing my energy supplier and making just about anything my husband’s fault. I have no great content, nothing to inspire people with. Should I get my coat and leave Google+, returning to the warm relative anonymity of Twitter?

No, I won’t be driven off by people more intelligent than me, I didn’t let it happen at school and it’s not gonna happen on the Interweb. In an effort to drag the conversations down to my level, I start randomly adding people and dragging them all kicking and screaming into my ‘following’ circle.

Then it got interesting. Jo Caulfield posted up a picture of a dog in a waistcoat, I found @vivmondo (Richard H.on Google+) and someone called Simon Hill posted ‘Googley Oogley Woogley’ – maybe it was worth staying after all?

@vivmondo, aka Richard. H
Worth a follow on either platform

The trouble is, I don’t know how I want to use G+ (yes, that’s what we experts call it). I know where I am with Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook is where I follow my friends, post photos of my dogs and tell people ‘I’m going to the pub’.
Twitter is where I say what I think, discuss The Apprentice whilst trying to watch it at the same time and get to read posts by some genuinely funny people. I don’t know anyone in my every day life who’s on Twitter and that suits me just fine.

And Google+ has too many decisions to make; what circle do I put you in? Do I post publicly or to my circles? Post to all my circles, a select few or an individual? If I put something I find funny on Twitter do I duplicate it on G+ and annoy anyone who follows me on both platforms? Arrgggh!

I will stay, for now, but Twitter is still my favourite site. If I say something stupid, it will quickly be lost in the streams and streams of posts – if someone bothers to search back 2 days to see it, that’s their own fault. It outdoes Facebook because my friends don’t post much and, when they do, it’s usually pictures of their children which isn’t funny (well, not always).

What’s your experience or expectation of Google+?

My Social Network

Jeff doesn’t understand what he calls my ‘obsession with the internet’, he rarely uses the computer and can’t comprehend why I don’t just pick up the phone. I do – I have an IPhone4 which I use for social networking from the comfort of my sofa; it’s doing wonders for my eyesight. I do everything on-line; food shopping, banking, tax my car, Christmas shopping – I’d be lost without my broadband!

So, in a bid to move into the 21st Century, I set up a Facebook account a couple of years ago so I could share photos of our wedding with friends and, since then, have found it a great way to keep in touch with my family who live 250 miles away in Essex.

Then, last year, I thought “What’s this Twitter all about?” and tentatively set up an account. I was a slow starter, a shy tweet here and there, a couple of ‘re-tweets’ to enter competitions, logging-in about once a week. Now, I check in every day and am approaching my first thousand tweets. I spend Sunday night discussing costumes on Dancing On Ice with a group of people I’ve never met and am never likely to. I’m worst on Saturday nights after a couple of glasses of wine when Jeff has dozed off . At this point I’m at my most witty –  in my drunken opinion that is! I spent last Saturday doing a ‘live commentary’ of The Evil Dead for the benefit of my followers, most of whom were either asleep, didn’t care or were the ones who ‘unfollowed’ me the next day.

It’s creeping into my work life too, I feel the urge to end each e-mail with #toobusytocallyouback or #yourbudgetisoverspent etc.

Generally it’s all harmless fun, isn’t it? It’s interesting to see what the famous (and not so famous) people are doing, I can get updates on recent news stories and follow my sister’s progress as she trains for the London Marathon. And I like the relative anonymity of it. None of my friends are on Twitter so I can let rip without fear of upsetting one of them or embarrassing myself (in front of people who know me, anyway).

Today I ended a text to Meg with #christmasmemories – she replied ‘Did you just tweet text me? NEW LOW. :P’

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