12 April 2020

The Dirty Dozen

As of today, I've been on Twitter for 12 years. Here is last year's reminder (full list of today's tweets here):


https://twitter.com/science_goddess/status/1116679938331926528

Here was my very first tweet:

https://twitter.com/science_goddess/status/788089164

Assuming the numbers at the end of the URL refer to the chronological order, then at the time I started on this service, there were just over 3/4 of a billion tweets. And while that is a large number, the one from last year is 10 orders of magnitude larger. That's a lotta tweets floating around.

When I joined Twitter, I wasn't entirely sure what it was. At the time, it was most commonly referred to as a "microblogging" platform, but I haven't heard that term in a long time. I quickly fell in love with Twitter...whatever it may be. I enjoy the stream of consciousness that it becomes. I like the mix of people and organizations I follow. I like its whimsy, as well as its speed and sense of connection. I have met people there who have become friends in the real world...and I have friends from the real world who have joined Twitter and connected with me there, too. I am not one of those people who believes there is a right and wrong way to use it. I know some people are quite selective about only using it for "professional" connections, for example, but I can't keep the lines from blurring. My Twitter stream, my blog, my life is just all mixed together. I like it that way.

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