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Twitterholics Anonymous

One of the things I have been doing lately to fill in my time is explore the larger ‘twitterverse’.
It has been too hot and humid to do a lot of physical activity and with having a couple of weeks to wait for test results and the start of Uni classes I have played around on my computer a bit. Bored with Facebook games but not able to concentrate on more complex strategic computer games I like playing, I turned to my twitter account.
I joined twitter mainly to use it as a microblogging tool for my blog and I didn’t follow that many people or have many follow me. The ones I did follow were people like @whymommy who like me blogs about IBC (among other things). From @whymommy I got twitter-friends like @xtremeparenthood and @upsidebackwards. neither of who have cancer but who, to our mutual delight – well definitely mine anyway, have found out we have a lot in common.  I have developed real relationships with these people through many conversations on twitter.

One of my biggest stumbling blocks was that none of my IRL friends tweeted – mind you at 48 years old and not in the tech, internet or social media fields I am a bit of an oddity – Not many of my friends this age blog either.

I also followed information sites, news sites like @NZstuff and @nzherald.  Through the earthquake in Christchurch I added @geonet which meant I got information tweeted after every aftershock – I also started following a couple of other NZ ‘tweeps’ who tweeted about ‘#eqnz’ as it was known on twitter.  From there I started to realise there were a lot of other sites out there that had twitter feeds that I could follow that would satisfy my need for ‘geekfood’ as I called it.

Over January I started to look at adding more NZ ‘tweeps’ to my follow list and also through them realised there were a lot of shops and services I could follow as well . AND the good thing about following these shops and services twitterfeeds is that they do giveaways to their twitter followers.   So far I have got a beanbag – that MD has commandeered , and a 4-pack of pear cider – which I have enjoyed myself.  Yes, I know I am buying into being part of their marketing strategy but I dont mind.

I was a bit timid about twitter conversing with the people I had started to follow but to my surprise a large percentage of them started to follow me back and comment on my tweets,  which has made me less hesitant to do likewise. Real conversation ensues with people who I might not have ever bumped into in real life.  This week I have actively been reading up on how to use twitter more ‘effectively’ or the ‘right’ way thanks to @vaughndavis and @simonemccallum blog posts about it.  And I am pleased to know that I am ‘doing it right’ or at least right for me

So I have replaced my Facebook addiction with a twitter addiction

So here I stand: “Hi my name is jaydub26 and I am a twitter addict!” LOL

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  1. And found other terrors lurking about too no doubt 😉 And welcome to twitterholics anonymous!

  2. Me too! 🙂 Mostly because I get to “meet” lovely people like you.

  3. I for one am glad you’re tweeting! I’m new at it and seeing @jaydub26 respond always makes me smile! i’m glad to have ‘met” you through twitter!!


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