Did I Mention I’m On Twitter?

twitter, blue bird

This is not Rockin' Robin. Even if he does go tweet, tweet, tweet.

So, I’m on Twitter a lot, for work. Yes, really. For work. I admit, it took me a little while to figure out how to Tweet. But I’m getting the hang of it. I even downloaded TweetDeck so I could see who’s on Twitter.

For the Twitter-challenged among you, let me explain. TweetDeck is a handy application that let’s you see what people are tweeting when they tweet it. Kind of like how Outlook will let you know when you receive an email. Now I get little pop-ups every time someone I follow on Twitter tweets something. With a quick, cursory glance, I can decide whether to reply, retweet or ignore.

Because I work in the eye care industry, I made a point of ensuring we follow people relevant to our company. In other words, other people or businesses in the eye care industry. That means when I search for people to follow, I use key words like eye care, eye doctor, optometrist, optical, eyeglasses etc. Once I had built up a substantial amount of relevant people to follow, about 40 or so, I decided to make Twitter do the work for me.

See, Twitter has this little feature called “Who To Follow”. Basically, Twitter generates a list of people to follow “suggested for you based on who you follow and more”. So, I’ve used “Who To Follow” every so often, and it’s been pretty helpful at cutting down the amount of time I spend finding the right people to follow. I was pretty proud of myself. To be honest, I was pretty damn smug about it. I made Twitter my bitch.

Today, though, Twitter decided to teach me a lesson in humility and bitch-slapped me back  into reality. Today, Twitter suggested I follow Avril Lavigne, Ashton Kutcher and the Dalai Lama.

lama, alpaca

No, not this llama. This llama does not tweet. What sound does a llama make, anyway?

Ok, besides the fact that none of these people are in the eye care industry… WTF?!

The Dalai Lama tweets?! Seriously, the DALAI LAMA is on Twitter!?!?!

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Look! Look at his poor hand, all twisted from the hours spent scrolling his Twitter feed.

Ok, Twitter, I surrender. Consider me your bitch.

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  • Oh, honey.

    Tweeting is easy.  Restraining one’s self from tweeting is the difficult thing.

  • Nonamedufus

    Did you hear about the Pirate optometrist? Yeah, he was an aye doct-arr.

  • I second what Thomas said! 

  • Get. Out. The Dalai Lama is on twitter? *immediately searches*

  • Yes. He. Is!! AND! It would seem that We Work For Cheese has been following him on Twitter for I-don’t-even-know-how-long!! (He doesn’t follow anyone, though)

    Seriously, though. Can he really offer words of wisdom in less than 140 characters? I’ve been afraid to actually look at what he tweets.

  • Harrrrrdy-harrr-harr! 🙂

  • All those in favour? *everyone raises virtual hands*

    All those opposed *crickets*

    Motion accepted!! 🙂

  • I haven’t actually had to do that yet. And if God really is a Just God, I’ll never have to! 🙂

  • 🙂

  • I’m on Twitter too, but I have no idea what it is or how to use it.  Is there a “how to” manual?

  • It’s just like when you fill in your facebook status, except it only lets you put in 140 characters. Type in what you want to say and hit send. That’s it in a nutshell.

  • What do you write on it?

  • Whatever you want. Like you do on facebook. For work, I’ll often link to articles with industry news etc. but you can pretty much write whatever you want.

  • OMG Sweetheart, it’s all to hard.  When you visit me, you can show me.

  • I finally got retweeted today for the first time. And it wasn’t about my story about the best penis.

  • Deal!

  • Congratulations. And what a surprise.

  • lol.
    and yes. (hangs head)

  • What does the Dalai Lama tweet about? Better yet, who does he follow? Dr. Phil? Maybe they suggested you follow Ashton because he needs glasses. Have you seen some of those women he is supposedly hooking up with?

  • I’ve been on twitter since the beginning but don’t use it anymore, except for automatic blog post entries. Now I have it on my iPhone, I just might start using it again, though I don’t know who’d want to read my silly updates 🙂

  • To tell the truth, Annie, I can’t bring myself to see what he tweets. If the Dalai Lama tweets something like “Retweet if ur 1 with the universe”, mankind is lost. He doesn’t follow anyone, which is a relief. There are, however, over 2 million people following him.

    As for Ashton, based on the skanks he’s been hanging with, I think he’s going to need a very different type of professional medical help! 🙂

  • Well, if your facebook statuses are anything to go by, I don’t think your updates would be silly at all! I lurked for quite a while before jumping in, to get a feel for what people were saying, what they were interested in. Might help, if you decide to start tweeting again!

  • Well, I just may do that then. I’m following you now.


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