The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Twitter.com is not just another networking site for posting brief statements about your every move during the day. In fact, a running monologue about your more mundane activities, including comparing prices of tomato sauce in the pasta aisle and running out of toilet paper (again), is not the recommended, or most effective use of Twitter.
Creatively using that 140 (or less) character status to market yourself, your business, your blog, or your causes, as well as maintain current relationships and build new ones is the real draw of Twitter. Naturally, you don’t want to be a bore, which then leads to anxiety about being boring, which then leads to the dread writer’s block, which is really kind of silly given that you only have to produce 140 characters…right?
In Paul Bradshaw’s February 16, 2009 blog entry at The Online Journalism Blog (“OJB”), he suggests “10 things you can tweet about on Twitter” including sharing a useful link, a quote or a question. Not to place any pressure on you, but Mr. Bradshaw astutely observes:
One great thing about Twitter – and this is why it is so useful for student journalists – is that after a while it trains you to look for interesting things around you (and think how you can communicate that in 140 chars). Those who write off the minutiae of Twitter need to realise: it’s the writer who makes it interesting.