The Last Twitter Holdout

Confession time: I suck at twitter.

I know how to use it because I’ve worked in web for 5 years and it’s pretty much the social media de jour of all the techie folk. But I don’t like it. I can’t ever think of anything witty to say.

Everytime I start to tweet, it ends up sounding lame. 140 characters of lameness. I don’t get it. Everyone else posts hilarious messages, enticing links and fun snippets. Me, not so much.

So, please, tell me: How do you do it? I can’t go on forever being a twitter reject.


  1. You're on Twitter?!
    A lot of getting comfortable on Twitter happened for me when I started tweeting with other people – like forget the pressure of 140 characters of your own sheer wittiness but reply to friends and then as stuff happens add in your own tweets. That might help it come out more authentically as you and not forced

    It is a bit of a catch-22 since I usually look for people following me to have tweeted something (not SpamBot-y–something I'd want to read) before I follow them back. But still… it's like blogging – it takes a while to find your style, your frequency, your niche… keep at it, experiment. Have fun with it! Oh, and follow me. šŸ˜‰

  2. Im with you. I tried it once before and now Im back to it. But I still fail to see what the big draw is. I think it's very impersonal. But I have gotten a few hits on my website from it. I plan to keep at it, but I understand your frustration. It's like who would care about what I twitter?

  3. You're not the last holdout -I'm not on Twitter either! I barely put new statuses on FB and I feel there would be a lot pressure to come up with short/witty tweets -So, yeah haven't gotten into it.

  4. I'm no help to you, because I hate twitter. I only use it to advertise contests. At least you understand it. I have no clue.

  5. I've never twittered. Don't know how. Not tempted to. I can hardly think of intelligent things to say on my blog and there are no word limits there.

  6. I think it's best when people you know well tweet also and you communicate back and forth. But the only way for those relationships to develop is to jump in and reply to what other people are saying, even if it's just encouragement. And tweet good posts you've stumbled on. Stuff like that. I kinda lurk in the fringes.

  7. I love twitter. Have you tried using the buzz words on the right side of the page, near the bottom? Or find a list of people you want to follow. I don't have time for it anymore, but I'm "so_tweet" if you want to send me a message.

  8. I've actually come to prefer Twitter over FB and my Twitter posts always go to FB. I like the challenge of getting somthing down to 120 characters as that allows it to be retweeted a couple of times if you do it right.

  9. Hi Erin…thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Where Twitter is concerned I am a novice (haven't joined it yet). But I am sure you can be Twitter Savvy as there are several sites that teach Twitter Etiquette and how to Tweet well.
    I have decided I will go through these sites whenever I join Twitter.

  10. Ha! Love this post. Twitter has grown on me b/c I've thrown on there some of those random thoughts that pop into my brain. I'd be still walking around talking to myself if it weren't for twitter. šŸ˜‰

    I also love to provide helpful links.
    ~ Wendy

  11. I have yet to take the plunge, but know if I'm ever to be taken seriously as an author, I must.

  12. Erin, When you figure this one out, let me know! lol Actually, the occasional times I do tweet are usually links or funny things my kids have done. As a writer, I keep a little notepad with me all the time so that when an idea or something interesting pops into my mind, I can jot it down and save it for later. Whether it ends up in a manuscript or on Twitter is another story!

  13. I wish I knew the answer to this one! I tweet but have a hard time limiting myself and run out of characters! I also struggle with what to say. Is it funny enough? Will anyone care? I have started tweeting little snippets from my phone when I can and my twitterphobia is slowing melting away. I also use it to let people know I posted on my blog. I doubt I will ever be one of those people who tweets constantly throughout my day though. It just isn't me.

  14. I rarely use it except to post my posts and maybe a comment or two with friends if they are on then but it is SO hard to follow and keep up!

  15. I don't get twitter at all. I recently opened an account to help market my blog, but I haven't spent any real time on it, so I don't think it's helping me much right now. Between Facebook and my blog, I don't think I'll have any time for twitter. But I guess I need to be patient and take one day at a time.


  16. I totally need "Twitter for Dummies", but I'm trying. Thanks for coming over, checking out my blog and becoming a follower! I'm following you back and I'm #100! WOO to the HOO!!

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