For someone like me, with nothing I care to promote, Twitter is a waste of time. Mind you, I enjoy wasting time, which makes me wonder if I’m some sort of masochist? I get ignored…a lot. Yet I try to pop in every day and talk to myself. I’m noisy that way. A regular little chatterbox that can’t seem to reach 10,000 tweets and I’ve been a member since March of 2009.

There are times when I tweet something and someone will answer me. Usually it’s a blog bud from the site I post the rest of my drivel on, or another Tweeter who, like me, has nothing to promote but does enjoy the interaction. It is those communications that increase my tweet count rather than any shared signal on my part. It’s like I said, I talk to folks which makes me more noise than signal. When I do share anything of importance, and once in awhile I do, I find it’s usually ignored. However, if I check back in an hour, someone who is truly influential has racked up a hundred retweets by posting the same information from a different source. I guess breaking news isn’t breaking news unless shared by the right person, obviously I’m the wrong one.

Speaking of wrong, it has come to my attention that I do Twitter all wrong to start out with. I retweet a lot of different people. The problem is, I use the Twitter Retweet button. A web user will usually see those retweets. Someone using Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, or a phone app isn’t going to. That would matter to some people, but to me it doesn’t. I didn’t tweet the information that I’m sharing with others, I don’t believe I need to have my name on it. If I did the retweets the “right” way, my name would be on it and I might attact more attention. Maybe I should try that? Of course, I could always add “Please RT” to the end of my nonsense. However, someone would have to see it, which means I would have to have more followers than I do. On second thought, I already attract enough spam, I’ll pass.

Another thing I do wrong, is talk to people in public. In Twitter, that’s apparently close to being obnoxiously drunk in public. Most influential users want conversations banished to Direct Messages. I wonder if they’d feel the same way if they actually saw how often that feature was used to air grievances against them from people they believe are friends? I’m not given to harmful gossip, or to saying something I wouldn’t want everyone to see. Therefore, I don’t take my conversations into DM unless I’m sharing something about myself that I don’t want the world to know. I can’t really think of anything I might say that I wouldn’t want the world to know. That probably accounts for the emptiness of my DM box.

I’m a real person. When I see a tweet indicating that someone needs a kind thought sent their way, I send one. I don’t always get thanked because I’m a little cog in a very big wheel. I don’t mind about that, but last night I was worried about my cat. I knew something was wrong even though there weren’t any real symptoms to indicate what his problem was. He was eating enough, not vomiting, it was just a change in his energy level that was quite alarming. I tweeted about it and no one answered.

Turned out to be a bowel problem, which left untreated could have proved to be fatal. I learned something from it. For the price of an emergency call to the vet’s office I learned that cats actually can move their bowels when they’re obstructed and that tweeting about ones beloved sick cat is an epicย Twitter Fail. ย That was made obvious when not one of my followers posting to my timeline at the time bothered to extend a kind word to me when I was worried.

The rather expensive emergency call is the price I paid for the lesson I learned. Sympathy in Twitter is only for the influential users who provide the signal. For those of us who make the noise, sympathy is a word one can find in the dictionary. Somewhere between shit and syphilis would be the best place to look. Other than the initial hurt feelings, it was a lesson worth learning. Without a response to my tweet, I couldn’t distract myself from the growing sense that something was seriously wrong. It made me shut down the computer and call the vet. I get to keep my kitty and he’s more precious to me than any Twitter follower ever will be.

By Butterose

Smart assed step-mother of 3, grandmother of 3. Insane enough to have lived with Hubby for 24 years now. What can I say, I liked his kids? We share our lives with family and our cat.

5 thoughts on “The Epic Twitter Failure Might Not Be Me”
  1. Somehow I bet you never saw your blog as a place to discuss the litterbox habits of cats…didja? ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Granted there’s a fine line…and it depends upon where you draw that line by one’s own standards…but, unless a person has deep pockets there’s only so many ways that are available for free to promote your site. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Like charity work, as a coordinator I come across people who are very against soliciting funds and those that generously give…and everything in between. Likewise some people can’t stand any type of promotion and others don’t care as long as it’s useful…and every line in between.

    As a website/blog person I understand the nature of promotion, as long as someone isn’t offering something misleading or deceptive ( ie. trying to trick me into going to their site to buy something or click on a misleading link ) I accept that that is the nature of promotion. If you want people to come to your site you have to tell them about it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Well, don’t know if this helps but…
    you might try one of those small ornamental water fountains…believe it or not cats prefer running water…
    or you might try getting the cat wet ( not soaked but wet ๐Ÿ˜€ ), this will cause it to lick itself dry…
    or you might try distilled water…
    or you might try those small jars of baby food, they are very high in water content…but you might have to go through a few different varieties to find one the cat likes.

    Hope these help ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. You don’t have to be charging anything for your site to be spamming. Spam is any unwanted advertisement. So those who don’t like it will unfollow you and that is their choice. The people who normally speak to me (read acknowledge my existence :D) weren’t posting when I did my tweet. I think there’s about 20 of them for whom I’m not just another statistic to add to their influence.
    Some days when those folks are online Twitter is fun, the rest of the time I use it for information.

    I don’t have to go to Twitter myself anymore unless I want to catch up with my network, as small as it is. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have a Google add-on to my browser bar. Google was kind enough to put a Twitter share button up there. I can just surf and tweet without bothering with anyone and I have started using it some. Will use it more I think.

    I tweeted about my furbaby because I was hoping for some input from someone who maybe had a suggestion as to what was wrong. I didn’t get one so I turned off the computer and watched him for a bit. Didn’t like what I saw so I called the vet. Constipation never occured to me because I clean his litter box and know what’s in there.

    I just got back from rescuing him from the vet hospital. :D. He’s a tired and somewhat limp orange fur dishrag, but he’ll improve. I have to change his food from dry to canned and add Metamucil to it. He doesn’t drink enough water so we have to increase his fiber to clean him out. He’ll be 2 years old next month and has never puked up a hairball. He wasn’t fully obstructed, so an enema did the trick. Otherwise we’d have had a surgical bill to fix the problem.

    I’d ask in Twitter if anyone has any idea how to get a kitty to drink more water, but I know I won’t get an answer.

  4. Sorry about your cat Darlin’…had I known I would have said something, but as you know I don’t spend a lot of time there as late. In fact the only time I ever go there now is just to check my [at] box and DM’s and reply to those that specifically address me.
    I used to be on it all the time when I first joined, talked to everyone, had some fun with it with my butt and spank stuff ๐Ÿ˜€
    Twitter ruined it for me…slow page loads that seemed to take forever, downtime ( fail whale ), missing people who ‘ I ‘ was following ( not those who were following me ), a general lack of purpose from the administration who seemed content to let it roll on wherever the wind takes it, a general administrative indifference to the issues I encountered, them removing the ‘ all tweets ‘ tab, etc…
    I got so fed up with coming on the site and getting confronted by these issues that I just couldn’t bother anymore.

    I do a lot of promotion on Twitter indirectly…indirectly through Blip and Twitterfeed, including Tweeting stuff from here using TwitThis. But the only time I post directly on Twitter now is to reply to someone.
    I get the occasional person saying ‘ can you stop spamming ‘ ( had that happen 3 or 4 times in more than a year ) but I don’t see what I do as spam…and obviously most of those following me don’t either.
    My reasoning is we aren’t selling anything, there’s nothing you need to purchase from TAZ. We offer services…games, tutorials, music, directory listings, avatars, photos, smileys, but none of it costs a person anything to use or utilize. it’s all available for free.
    And we don’t have affiliate links trying to induce people, or trick them, into going to a site that is selling something.
    And we don’t get paid to post, there are no paid advertisements disguised as legitimate posts to manipulate people into thinking they’re reading a real article.
    So, the only reason why I promote is to increase traffic/readership/visitors…because I would like TAZ to become a very well known non-commercial site. Which, I think, with the exception of those sites that are very personal like a private-party wedding photo blog, is the primary goal of any site ( like TAZ ) that is created on the Net…to become popular and have lots of readers.
    I guess, technically, I fall into the category of someone who does almost nothing but promote on Twitter, even though I don’t actually do it on Twitter. ๐Ÿ˜€

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