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Playing in Twaffic on the Twitter Superhighway


As I told my mother…

Twitter is “…like a superhighway comprising an infinite number of lanes that head in all directions. Over a half billion cars travel this highway, and they’re all honking their horns at once, 24 hours/day 7 days a week.”

Anticipating the question: “But what does it do?” —I quote:

“Twitter is an online social networking website and microblogging service that allows users to post and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets'”. -http://www.statisticbrain.com/twitter-statistics/

It’s a bit too long for a tweet, however, coming in at 171 characters. With a little trimming, we can get there:

Twitter -online social networking website/microblogging service where users post & read 140 character text-based messages called ‘tweets’

-with 2 characters to spare.

There are no rules, other than the 140 character limit, which is actually not a rule—you can always break rules. Nope-the 140 character limit is an inviolable Law of the Twitter Universe. The vast majority of tweets fly by at warp speed; most of us 115 million active users see but a tiny percentage of the tweets tweeted by our followers. And vice versa. Thank heavens!

Hovering around 9,100 tweets/second, Twitter twaffic is nothing short of stupefying….see http://www.statisticbrain.com/twitter-statistics/. Even if I were riveted to my Twitter screen 24 hours/day, I could not keep up with the twaffic that rolls relentlessly by. Not that each of us gets hammered with 9100 tweets per second by any means. Maybe 100 or so per minute, but who even wants to keep up?

Whatever are we doing there?

I’m there to attract and funnel readers to my webpage, as I build a reader base for my book Corvus Rising, though it’s not clear to anyone that Twitter followers translate into webpage traffic or book sales. No one claims that people looking for a good book to read will go looking for it on Twitter. But Amazon is there, as is B&N and all the major publishing houses, a gazillion authors and bloggers.

The riches of Twitter are the jewels hidden amid the half billion users—kind of like a huge library of data floating by at 9100 titles/sec that you can filter somewhat into the things you’re interested in. Want to learn everything you want to know about how to publish and market a book? Want to know how to build a fan base for your book/movie/music? Want to know anything?

With a few hashtags, the information streams by, things you’d never dream of asking for or about. Sometimes, it’s just what you need.

Wander out into twaffic! You’ll get hit for sure, but it doesn’t hurt.




#WW #FF #WTF? Twitter Thoughts

As I explained it to my mother, Twitter is like a superhighway comprising an infinite number of lanes that head in all directions. Over a half billion cars travel this highway, and they’re all honking their horns at once, 24 hours/day 7 days a week.

I Tweet You Tweet We All Tweet

The noise is deafening. Relentless, continuous chattering–554,750,000 registered users spouting a half million tweets at the rate of 6- 9,o00/second. (Click here for more Twitter statistics….)

Every day.


Whatever that means. There is general agreement among us Twits that the second W refers to Wednesday. But what of the first W? Some say it’s Wacky, some say it’s Wet, some say it’s Writer’s. Wicked Wednesday, maybe?

Friday it’ll be #FF. Fast Friday? Freaking Friday? Finally Friday? Oh, yeah..it’s FOLLOW FRIDAY!


Everyone knows what that means. But seriously, wtf?

Whether it be #WW, #FF #MM (Monday, Monday?) what does it all mean? Well, as I told it to my mother, #WW and #FF are days of Mutual Admiration, where we honor and mention each other for RT’ing, following, SO’s and etc. I might tweet: #WW @YouRock, @MinnieTheMoocher, @EroticPancreas, @Nauseum…thanks for the follow!

Some overachievers–and I have been one–will tweet several #WW’s, because there’s that 140 character limit and I have many Twits to thank. After the #WW posts, @YouRock, @MinnieTheMoocher, @EroticPancreas, @Nauseum all retweet it to all their followers, who may retweet it to all their followers.

No #WW, No Cry

I’m totally grateful for any mention or attention I get on Twitter; far be it from me to complain about that. But, the Twitter traffic generated from these retweeted #WW’s–which really don’t say anything at all beyond a list of @What’sHerNames–is about as interesting and productive as a real-life traffic jam at rush hour in Denver.

I have adopted a new method for dealing with #WW, #FF tweets. Mention me? Instead of retweeting the #WW with a whole slew of @WhoAreYou, I’ll try to retweet something meaningful about you–from your profile, your tweets.

Make it easy on me.

Don’t make me search page after page of your RTing of everyone else to find the one tweet about YOU. Don’t make me compose something from your mini-bio on your profile page–I have x amount of time to spend on Twitter–I am happy to promote you, your book, your art, your diet plan, or your donuts. It’s OK to mention something you are doing a couple times a day in the midst of RTing everyone else. We are all here promoting ourselves, after all. Make it easy on me.

This blog by Alicia Cowan (@Absolute Alicia) gives fabulous advice on the whole #FF thing “Simple Twitter Tips: What Does #FF Mean?”

And  let’s cut down on that meaningless #WW, #FF chatter, eh?