5 Responses to “Twitter and me”

  1. Dr Aust June 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Perfectly acceptable to just use it to plug your blogposts.

    Can be addictive, though

    * He admonished, after racking up nearly 6000 tweets in 20 months… *

  2. deevybee June 2, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Welcome to Twitter!

    As Austin says, you can just use it as a good way of promoting your blog.
    If you just tweet a short description with a link, that will go to all your followers.
    A lot of people get obsessed with getting a large number of followers, but so long as you have a few people who’ll disseminate your tweets, that is getting your message to a wider audience.
    You’ll have more fun with twitter, though , if you also follow others. Important to keep the numbers in control. Look at who your mates are following, as they are likely to be like-minded.
    You don’t have to read all the incoming tweets – see it rather as a kind of 24 hr news service that you can dip in and out of.
    You’ll have even more fun with twitter, and will attract more followers, if you become an active tweeter. But it isn’t necessary. Lots of twitter users don’t ever tweet, but just use it as a kind of news feed.
    On the whole, Twitter isn’t intrusive, as people who follow you won’t affect you. Twitter has recently started sending intrusive emails to users, telling them when others mention them. But you can turn this off by going into Settings/Notifications.
    You can find more specific advice on technicalities by googling ‘how to twitter’

  3. deevybee June 2, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Just one crucial thing: many tweets just provide links to a website.
    You need a way of shortening the link.
    I use http://tinyurl.com/
    Or, you can tweet via tweetdeck, which automatically shortens links for you.

  4. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney June 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    thank you thank you.
    It’s like a big party, isn’t it – it is tempting just to settle down to hours of reading and following. But my time not at work is my children’s time too, and I just hate seeing parents mumble at their kids while engaged with phone .I am sure I do this, but I don’t want to do it more….I am aiming for the occasional. except just one just now…..
    thank you v much. That tiny thing looks very good indeed.

  5. Dr John Fleetcroft July 16, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    May I congratulate you Dr. Margaret for an excellent appraisal in the BMJ this week ‘No holes barred’.

    I hope intelligent physicians and politicians take note of your most valuable comments.