So.... I got this idea to organize a blog swap. The idea being to let a blogger walk in another blogger's shoes. What would happen when a single girl had to write for a mom blog? When a mom had to create a glunten-free recipe post? It gave a handful of bloggers an opportunity to mingle in new spaces.
I asked bloggers from one of the networking groups I'm in to sign up on a Google doc and then I got to sorting. I initially assigned everyone a number and then just drew numbers from a hat. I mean, literally -- I sat at my desk and drew numbers out of a baseball cap. But then I had people guest-writing posts for similarly themed blogs and that just didn't capture the spirit of what this was all about so I had to trade a few.
Once that was done, emails went out. Instructions were given. Follow ups made. And, since I like to make things pretty, badges were created -- and there were choices!
The open-toe black and gold pumps were picked the most, followed by the red-bow polka-dot shoes.
I randomly got curious this week and here is what I learned:
I was the 6,798,762nd person to join Twitter. (There are currently over 1.8 billion Twitter accounts.)
The first tweet was sent by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. He was followed by 31 people who were likely friends and colleagues. Today he has 2.4 million followers.
Originally, it wasn't spelled out, you see. It was just "Twttr."
Here's a cool article from back in the early days of Twitter if you're curious - written by co-founder Evan Williams. Originally, Twitter was a project from the Obvious Corp., founded by Dorsey, Williams and Biz Stone. I think. I actually didn't Google that - I could be talking out of my ass but I'm going to publish as is and hope I'm right. Live on the edge.
I have been on Twitter for over 83% of its existence, for longer than 99.9% of its other users.
I joined and tweeted for the first time on June 13, 2007. This is actually rather special to me because on June 13, 1992, I was Bat Mitzvah'd. On June 13, 1997 I graduated high school. And it was my Grandfather's birthday. June 13 is one of my favorite days.
Originally, this was
going to be something I saved for tomorrow's "What's up, Friday?" but
I couldn't wait anymore. I get excited. Especially after writing an entire post earlier in the week dedicated to boy band love. It's too exciting.
On Saturday, I
posted this amusing photo on Instagram. Please take note of who LIKED it:
Yep. That's right. Mother-effing LANCE BASS.
We are not Instagram "friends" although I do follow him. That means he happened upon my post by accident, you guys.
I have to assume
this means we are best friends now. And that he will be asking me any day to
officiate his wedding.
I have been thinking for a
little while about writing something like this. I'm sure since the onslaught of
social media, we've all started making mental lists of online
habits we would like to bring to an end. And when I saw blogger Alaia Williams' post (it's great!) on Facebook habits
that drive her crazy, I was motivated to get my list together and share.
I've been awfully preachy
lately, I know, but hopefully it's been infused with enough wit and laughter to
make it tolerable. Again, like lists I've made prior, I hope you will keep in
mind that there are always going to be exceptions and that I am not the be-all,
end-all knower of things. I am also a giant hypocrite and probably guilty of
like 92% of these crimes.
In no particular
likers. I'm sorry - I may be hurting someone's feelings. But give it a rest.
You know what I'm talking about. That person who mere seconds after
you post something, immediately clicks "like." And every. single.
time. you post. It's creepy, right?
tweet's sake, people (see what I did there?), auto-DMs are obnoxious. Stoppit.
If I follow you, show your gratitude by following me back or tweet something at
me sometime. But I don't need your sales-pitchy auto-direct message.
game requests. Take a hint. Enough said. I mean, I'm sure Candy Crush is a
delightful game but the only candy I want is the kind I can put in my mouth and
me on Facebook or LinkedIn when we have no discernable connection. Who are you?
How did you find me? Where can I get a restraining order?
who do not know how to use comments and wall posts, etc. correctly. I'm sorry,
I know there's a learning curve for a lot of you, but it still bugs me. If I'm
in the middle of conversing with friends under the banner of a post I put up,
it is not the place to ask me for my cookie recipe. Put it on my wall. It's
6. Do NOT tweet people and ask them to follow you. That's not how it works, people. And double-don't do it with a hashtag to stack the deck. Tacky. You know what happened to the last account that did this to me? It got suspended (not because of anything I did, but just sayin'):
Sidebar - calling me out in
public for not following you on a social media channel does not earn you a
place in my heart. My follow has to be earned with content and engagement. My follow is valuable. I'm not even joking.
your own status. We assume you like it. If you didn't, it stands to reason you
wouldn't have posted it. I hope.
8. Vaguebook -- it speaks for itself. If you
don't know what it means, you probably aren't bothered by the crime. Lucky you.
who only post about their children and do so nonstop. Furthermore, I do not
need to see photos of diapers, stitches, infections, etc. Similarly, people who
post about how awesome their significant other is 19 times a week. This is
probably a controversial one and easy for a single non-mom like me to whine
about. But there it is.
quickly: too much political and/or religious content, posting on Facebook
waaaaay too much (you know who you are), starting an argument with someone you
don't know on a friend's Facebook status/thread... I would have said Facebook
group messages at some point, but once they added the ability to leave the
conversation, I was a much happier Facebooker. And I'm not going to get into
hashtags because, well, frankly, I enjoy them as subtext and find them amusing
more often than not, though I acknowledge incessant hashtagging annoys a lot of
I think a lot of folks will
tell you it's in bad taste to post show off type things (like when I post a pic
of a super cool event I'm at). I say do it. Social media is nothing if not
hugely self serving. And ego enhancing. And actually, if you work in a field
like mine, it becomes part of your portfolio -- don't think employers aren't
checking you out. And maybe that's a good note to end on because I could go on
and on and on about this, I'm sure.
Of course, the good news is, I can hide you from my feed, keep you off my Twitter lists, and so forth. Social media is fabulously customizable.
Did I call you out? Do you disagree? What social media or online habit drives you batty?
What did I miss?
What is the connection between online social networks and being lonely? I don't think it's a secret I've been battling this one! And when I saw this video on a friend's Facebook page, I basically burst into tears and reached for the flask.