Screaming Woman by Gateway
Crowd by Bao Nguyen
Sunday Night: June 14th, 2009
Days on Twitter: 7
Number of outgoing tweets: 20
Robin sightings: 4
Successful exchanges with Robin: 1
Number of Violets in evidence: 9 known
Disclaimer: All data above is subject
to further analysis as I am completely
and categorically not sure about any of it.
To assess and analyze the potential for introverts to successfully navigate and inhabit Twitter for the purpose of networking, promotion, personal connections and staying abreast of innovations in social media.
ANALYSIS OF INHABITANTS
Categories to emerge thus far:
I. Purists: These subjects use the interface for exactly what was intended at its inception, e.g., posting the most mundane details of one's lives... who-they-saw-and-where, choice of music, daily triumphs, worries, frustrations, assorted reasons why they didn't go to the gym.
II. Serial Posters (aka Cheater-Cheater-Pumpkin-Eaters): Unable to contain themselves to the requisite 140 characters or less, these subjects will send a long series of individual messages on the same topic requiring the Twitee to try to follow the maze of posts.
III. Hijackers: Subjects use Twitter for the purpose of posting a URL to a article, website or blog that has ten squillion characters, not 140, thereby taking the innocent Twit hostage. Posting URLs is an innovation of the media that has great potential for marketing, but if done excessively, particularly by a single subject, as noted by Robin, can be as welcome as spam.
IV. Voyeurs: Though I have yet to directly observe these subjects, I suspect there are leagues of these taking in the scene, gathering NetFlix recommendations and assorted intel. They may be marketers, anthropologists, journalists, researchers, or politicos watching for trends, product spikes, viral mob formation, etc. (I can hear them breathing, even if they're not tweeting.)
V. Mentors & Guides: Most excited about these curious subjects that appear for all practical purposes to be sharing information for altruistic purposes. These require more in-depth study.
VI. Scary People: These show up as followers with provocative/disturbing profile pictures and names. One can "block" them, but they are extremely resilient. [Note to Self: Look for downloadable rubber mallet Perhaps www.ACME.com carries one.]
VII. Newscasters: Subjects provide swift access to local, national and international news, managing to foil those attempting to limit information. This is a most unexpected adaptation of the media with significant value.
This month's mission is more daunting than expected. After only one week, I have developed a 140-character-counting-compulsion. Found myself enrapt over a bowl of blueberries, stunned by their very stillness and disinterest in proselytizing. Will need to switch to a quieter cereal, however. Removed bird feeder from outside office. Too much tweeting. Need a map! Desperately. Will try to master the #hashbrowns (hashtag?) this week, and successfully round up the Violets on one message. We'll March for Mute.