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The Twitter

posted by BatSheva Vaknin 3:26 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I’m pretty new to this whole Twitter thing, and it’s making me crazy. I’m trying to build my following, and it’s a problem, because most of my friends are not on Twitter and could not give a shit about Twitter. In fact, I myself was in this category, until my friend Hugo Schwyzer convinced me that it was necessary to conquer Twitter in order to market my blog outside my “core demographic” of my aunt Nina and two perverts from Eastern Europe.

So I’m following his advice – which is for me to ‘follow’ at least a hundred new people a day, in the hopes that at least a handful will ‘follow me back’ and build my fan base.


As of this writing, I’m following over 1200 people and I’ve amassed about 200+ followers in the process. And here’s how the Google Analytics has charted my spectacular growth, in terms of website visitors:

PRE-TWITTER: (avg.) x visitors a day

POST-TWITTER: (avg.) x+1 visitors a day.

Sigh. It’s going to be an uphill battle.

But being on Twitter is interesting. Not so much for the constant porn dogs and marketing maniacs who keep confusing me by following me and then dropping off once they see I’m not into what they have to sell. More for the amount of people out there who have a gift for the 140 characters or less jokes.

I love to laugh, and I’m following a number of people who Tweet, throughout the day, hilarious one and two-liners. I feel like Tweeting them all back “hahahaha!” but I’m afraid I’ll sound either maniacal, sarcastic, grandmotherly, or all three.

Tonight I discovered a button that says “favorite” and I’m wondering if someone “favorited” a Tweet – yes, Twitter uses it like a verb – is supposed to mean the same thing as Facebook’s “Like” button.

I’ll have to try it. I’ll also have to try being funnier, or more pithy, more of the time, if I’m really going to make a go of this whole Twitter thing. It’s overwhelming – how in the world does someone with 40,000+ followers and/or followees ever get to actually read/focus on any particular Tweets at any particular time?

At 1:30am in the morning the other night I ‘replied’ via Twitter to Roseanne Barr, who had just tweeted that we should vote everyone out of Congress except for Kucinich. I wrote her back that we should also keep Bernie Sanders, and she wrote me back immediately and agreed! Then she Tweeted out to her followers that she’d also make an exception for Bernie. I felt such a high, receiving a personal Tweet from THE Roseanne Barr.

Then I replied again, asking her if she’d take a look at my blog. I’m sure her reply to me just got lost in the mail… er…

I feel like I’m developing ADD just thinking about it all.



(Sheva (BatSheva Vaknin))

If you look carefully, you can see the Twitter bird is about to barf from reading too many Tweets in one sitting.

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