During the last year, I have been trying to make some sense of having a Twitter account.
I set aside some time every day to retweet the tweets of those that I follow, and even send the occasional direct message too.
I ‘Like’ the retweets of my own posts, and I am very grateful for those.
But it is like trying to push an avalanche back up a mountain using a teaspoon.
No sooner have I switched from ‘Notifications’ back to ‘Home’, then there are just as many tweets as when I started two minutes earlier.
Some people retweet their own tweets every few seconds.
Is there a setting for that?
I find it hard to believe that they spend the entire day doing nothing but retweeting their own tweets.
So many of you cope admirably with Twitter. You really ‘get it’, and it seems to be second nature to you.
In my case, each new ‘Twitter Day’ becomes a challenge, as I struggle to keep up, and wonder if I have failed to do something ‘Twitterish’.
Then there are the replies and messages. They are almost never linked to the tweet I sent in the first place, so I often have no memory of what I said.
I get included in ‘mass tweets’ sometimes too, and I am never sure if I am supposed to reply. Half the time, I am scrolling through, liking and retweeting, often to discover that I am retweeting the posts of people I have never heard of, because they were retweeted by people I actually follow.
I am overwhelmed by Twitter, like King Canute trying to turn back the waves.
It is relentless, it is unforgivable of those who don’t instinctively get how it works.
I feel as if I am hanging on to the edge of the Twitter crevasse with bitten fingernails.
Is it just me? I suspect it just might be.