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The Twitter Experiment: Thoughts, Feelings and Occasional Ramblings

on Thu,Jun,2012

It’s been roughly a month since I joined up to the Twitter experience, and so far it has been an interesting emprise. At the beginning of my little experiment, I envisaged that I would perhaps log on to the site three or four times in the first two weeks before abandoning my account, never to return. I’m surprised and pleased that this hasn’t been the case.

More often than not, I find that when I log into my account, at least one of the dozen or so people I’m following has posted a link to an article or news story that I genuinely find to be interesting. Had I not signed up to the Twitter service, it’s extremely unlikely that I would have stumbled over many of these intriguing expositions myself. This has been most unexpected.

Before the experiment began, I suspected that less would very much be more, and for the most part that has been the case. Some members go overboard and churn out dozens of tweets a day. The result is that I tend to quickly scroll past their musings, which is a shame. There’s sometimes interesting content in one or two of their posts, but because it’s surrounded by so much dross, it’s easily overlooked.

A quick glance of my account reveals that I am currently following 18 people. Excluding the three fine people on Twitter that I know in real life, here are the members whose posts I enjoy the most.

Stephen Mangan @Stephen Mangan

Stephen Mangan is a comedian and actor that regularly appears on British television. Most of his tweets are one-liners or sarcastic comments that usually always raise a smile.

Dwayne Johnson @TheRock

I was a semi regular wrestling fan in my teenage years, and I thought it would be interesting to see what wrestler turned actor turned wrestler again The Rock tweets about. Often I see pictures of him with fans. The most moving photo I’ve seen is The Rock posing with a young boy that obviously has a dehabilitating disability and his family. The boy had the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on his face, and I thought that it was very cool for The Rock to not only pose for the photo but to reply to the boy’s message on Twitter thanking him.

Stephen Fry @StephenFry

I reluctantly decided to follow comedian and self confessed Apple lover Stephen Fry a month ago, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the dearth of Apple related tweets and the abundance of thoughtful and humorous tweets.

And here are the dullards that haven’t been interesting to follow.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers @ChiliPeppers

They are my favourite band, but it appears that the vast majority of their posts are written by their music company. This DVD is out now – check it out, Pittsburgh show now sold out. Fascinating.

The Economist @TheEconomist

Far too many tweets every day mean that finding interesting content is a real chore. I’d much rather navigate their website and read the stories I’m interested in than read through their countless tweets. Sorry @TheEconomist, it’s not me, it’s you.

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