When my computer came down with a virus recently, I came upon a very harsh reality. I am addicted to Twitter. Sure it was only a few tweets at first. Maybe a funny anecdote here or a helpful job hunting tip there. But before I knew it, I was tweeting several times a day. Then I started “retweeting”. And when I wasn’t tweeting, I was feverishly reading every tweet that appeared in my timeline. Having only used the site for a few months, I consider myself still a fledgling. However, I am quickly finding that while each tweeter is different in his own way, there are loads of species and I have named some on my own. They can range from teenagers to adults, personal to professional and the mundane to the captivating.
Chirpees: This is a breed that dedicates a large percentage of tweets to a favorite celebrity. They flirt tirelessly and profess their love on a daily basis hoping for a little recognition to continue to fan the flames of their desire. Their backgrounds are usually plastered with pictures of the object of their affection and sometimes their avatar, or personal picture, as well. They often follow any person or other celebrity that is even remotely affiliated. While seemingly “stalker-ish” in nature, these tweeters are usually harmless and create quite a bond with their followers.
Squawkers: In this category, I group any creature with a purpose. They tweet for a cause, they tweet the news or remain focused on any one item of interest. All of their followers are people interested in hearing all of it. It could be jokes, fan clubs or a cancer support group. Most are great to follow if you are interested in the topic at hand. They usually try to put out the latest and greatest of whatever you are looking for.
Flappers: This is the working class tweeter. These users tweet for their own professional purposes interjecting rare personal notes only after a true following is established. They are usually very dedicated to their craft and to educating their followers. While they may post a provoking thought now and then, they often remain cautious of their words in order to maintain professional integrity.
Chickadees: This group is made up of mostly teenagers that use Twitter to flirt and use as much foul language as possible while Mom and Dad aren’t looking over their shoulders. They like to seem rebellious, however I find they mostly discuss music and movies when not trying to ruffle some feathers. They may not have a whole lot to say, but they have a great time doing it.
Gobblers: A breed that likes to gather as many followers as possible. If you follow them, they will follow you. This is a curious breed as I am not sure how they function on Twitter. Often with upwards of thousands to follow, I can’t imagine how many tweets they are truly reading. Although, they gladly follow and may give you a few pecks if you don’t follow back.
Flutterbys: I would consider myself a part of this group of addicts. We are a type of social butterfly that follow many different types of users and tweet about any topic that happens to hold our interest that moment. It may be music, movies, recipes, news items, charities, family or a current trend. We are not afraid to be who we are and invest in finding people to follow that we will be interested in reading about.
Whatever your species, it is very easy to build your own nest at Twitter. If you want to connect with friends, or find some new resources to enhance your career, this is the place for you. Twitter has soared to new heights in social media and provides even the least technologically advanced with a simple way to reach out and tweet someone.
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