Two (t)weeks later

First tweet ever.

Findings after fourteen days and change:

  • Twitter is indeed a time sink, but not so much of one if you manage things properly. TweetDeck helps.
  • TweetDeck’s notifier beep is almost identical to, albeit shorter in duration than, the noise emitted by my desk phone at the office, so they’re almost equally ignorable.
  • About 25 percent of my New Post tweets get actual clicks.
  • This has not, however, garnered any increase in blog traffic, since the people who click on them tend to be people who were already reading me.
  • The follower count seems to have leveled off at around 130, which is about a third higher than I anticipated. Around a hundred of them seem legitimate, as distinguished from potential spammers.
  • I’m following about a hundred, which is not quite the maximum I can handle, but which is certainly a lot.
  • Time from first tweet to first actual follower: two hours, 26 minutes.
  • If I’m followed by someone I don’t know, the first thing I look at is the following-to-follower ratio. Should it exceed 10, I get suspicious.
  • In the past two weeks, a dozen people have told me they didn’t want anything to do with Twitter. Ten have since signed up.

I assume, of course, that once my presence on this network becomes more widely noticed, all the cool kids will migrate elsewhere.

Finally, is anyone else following both Queen Rania and “Weird Al” Yankovic?



  1. sya »

    11 July 2009 · 6:16 pm

    I’m not sure about it being a time sink. The past couple of days, I’ve done more data analysis than the entire month prior. (Or maybe I’m just using this as an excuse to sit at my desk rather than work at the bench…)

  2. Syaffolee »

    11 July 2009 · 6:17 pm

    I’m Not Quite Sure What I’ve Started…

    I blame Dustbury. Earlier this week, I signed up for a Twitter account. My reasoning: I probably should not be doing the eye roll thing unless I’ve tried it. So far, I’ve found the 140 character format useful for random story ideas, minor lab misadve…

  3. Jeffro »

    11 July 2009 · 6:46 pm

    I post very infrequently. Lucky you!

    I do enjoy the Nascar personalities I follow, particularly during a race. It certainly makes me feel more involved.

  4. Lisa Paul »

    11 July 2009 · 7:58 pm

    “Weird Al”. Check. Donny Osmond. Check. I’m a nerd.

  5. CGHill »

    11 July 2009 · 8:20 pm

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  6. Fishersville Mike »

    12 July 2009 · 10:20 am

    Fantastic Mountains Jeopardize Retail Activity…

    Dustbury adds his thoughts and suggestions after signing up for Twitter…

  7. CGHill »

    12 July 2009 · 12:59 pm

    Picked this up today (RT @siwels196):

    Chuck Norris doesn’t have a Twitter account because no one can follow him and live.

    Should have guessed that.

  8. CGHill »

    12 July 2009 · 9:42 pm

    I just swept away a couple of dozen followers, on the assumption that they’re just, like, using me.

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