I read a great blog post from my friend Niamh Greene (@Niamh_Greene), all about her relationship with Twitter. Now I say friend tentatively because I 've never actually met Niamh. Our relationship began on this wonderful phenomenon called Twitter!
In her post Niamh talks about the good and bad things about Twitter, and just so you have something to look forward to in the future, at some point soon I hope to do a post called 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Twitter', but in the meantime, Niamh's post got me thinking about my first Twitter memory - all 66 days ago.
To begin with, like Niamh I had avoided facebook, bebo and god knows what else. I liked blogging, and emailing, and even Skype, but Twitter was not for me.
Finally about 67 days ago another friend (one whom I actually met in person), told me to give Twitter a try. I thought God No! Do I have to! But like all older-bold children, once I finished ranting and raving to myself (as I often do), I set about the task in hand.
Experience has taught me to always seek expert advice, and with Twitter, I wasn't going to change a trusted system. So I duly sought out a professional.
Her name was Orla, a daughter of a friend of mine. Orla has just finished her Junior Cert, so was a definate expert. Myself and Orla together registered me on Twitter. We did this upstairs in the back bedroom while her Mom minded the vino downstairs. Orla was brilliant and I sent out my first tweet. I couldn't believe it when my niece responded, liking my quote about writing - I was hooked.
Now this brings me nicely to another thing I've learned in life. If someone reaches out a hand to you, you should grab it. With this in mind, I met my niece (the wonderful @RachelLuRay) in the 'Queen of Tarts' for tea and well, tart. Rachel explained loads to me about @Mentions, TinyURL, Favourites, RT's, some great twitter sites to get started with - and so with the help of the experts, I was off.
I played around with the Twitter bug for about a week, doing what I do best, observing. I discovered all about #ff friday, and how a DM was different to an @Mention, and bit by bit, I got the hang of it.
Since joining Twitter, I have managed to do lots of things. I have increased my blog hits and blog followers for one, which is brilliant because I love to get comments. After 66 days, I now have 823 Twitter followers. I became Number 28 in Ireland this week in the Follow Friday rankings. I also managed to get hacked at least once, had a follower who seemed very nice turn quite strange and horrid, got a DM that upset me, but most of all, and I really mean this (it is not just some sop that people dish out), I have met some brilliant folk who matter to me as friends, whom I didn't know 66 days ago, but now count!
Anyhow (fav crutch word) - What is your first Twitter memory?? Come on share it!
Link HERE to @RachelLuRay fab post on changing technology, iphone, twitter & a lot more besides! You'll understand why I call her an expert!