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We who are about to tweet.

June 23, 2011 \pm\30 4:19 pm

One day, WWAATD contributor Aaron Belz, he of HuffPo fame, tweeted:

Actually it was something else but he deleted it in accordance with his “Twitter philosophy” and that’s how I got this idea.

Aaron wrote this article in which he described his Twitter philosophy. In the article he linked to ex-WWAATD editor Melissa Broder’s post, In Conversation: Me and My Twitter Persona.

I read them both and I was eating pickles and drinking beer and chatting @ people on Twitter and I thought I want to know the Twitter philosophies of all you people. So I sent some of my most favorite follows an email:

Hello,

I am Ani Smith. You may know me from such sites as wewhoareabouttodie.com, facebook.com, twitter.com and (the somewhat lesser known) downinme.com.

If you are receiving this email it means that I follow you on Twitter and consider you grade A, premium Twitter content. It should therefore be of no surprise that I would like to feature YOU in my upcoming, um, feature, on We Who Are About To Die predictably titled WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO TWEET.

The premise is simple: I want to know why you tweet the way you do. Social media is endlessly fascinating and YOU, my beloved followed, are endlessly fascinating.

To participate, all you have to do is reply to this email with your answers to the brief questions below. Make your answers as long and detailed or short and pithy as you please. Go on tangents, use expletives, call me a no good ho — just like sex with me: ‘anything goes.’

I will then feature your answers on the site one day in the not-so-distant future. I will link to your Twitter, which may gain you a follower or two but even if it doesn’t, you will always have my creepy faraway love and appreciation.

Yours,
Ani

 

And I attached the questions at the end. I thought I’d get a few replies but mostly nothing? But as usual, I was wrong. Very near everyone I asked thought it was fun and replied with all their MYSELF in gorgeous display. And I think that’s what I like about Twitter, every day I get little bits of you.

So for the next few days (weeks?) I will be sharing all the philosophies here. Hope you find each account fuckin’ funny and interesting and awesome as I do.

Cursory summary of shit I learned from doing this:

  • There seems to be an unspoken code of ethics re: flooding people’s timelines, annoying them with private conversations, or generally insulting them — basically, everyone wants to be nice.
  • Followers : follows ratio seems to be pretty important.
  • We love and are not ashamed to make up twitter-related words such as ‘@chatting’ and my personal favorite, ‘followsophy’ (thank you @ciderhouserules!)
  • There are many people with much worse OCD-like tendencies than myself which has given me hope for my future.
  • No one likes a show-off, and yet…
  • Never underestimate humanity’s urge for expression.
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34 Comments
  1. Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
    June 23, 2011 \pm\30 5:49 pm 5:49 pm

    Hmmm, this should be interesting. I am sooooo not a tweeter, despite my name and my horribly lame attempts.

  2. June 24, 2011 \pm\30 5:16 pm 5:16 pm

    I’ve been enjoying these.

    • June 27, 2011 \am\30 5:36 am 5:36 am

      hey thanks, christian. this was hard to coordinate because i am a scatterbrain but your comment just made it all worth it x

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