Does anyone still chat on Twitter?

hello its gemmaSo Monika, do you know Monika? @Mumonthebrink, she is lovely, chatty, very friendly. Anyhow, last week I noticed her tweet:

Which struck a chord, I rarely chat on twitter these days. I didn’t reply, I simply favourite-ed her tweet. Acknowledgement with the interaction. Twitter used to consume hours of my time. On discovering twitter, I forgot the people I already knew on Facebook and started communicating with people I didn’t know on Twitter. I made actual friends, it inspired me to start my blog. It was chatty and vibrant. Slowly, my usage has waned. Twitter introductions became Facebook friends and I found that increasingly, I turned back to Facebook to communicate with other bloggers.

Twitter is undeniably a great platform for promoting posts and I do. Because I follow lots of bloggers, of course, my timeline is primarily about the posts other people are sharing. The thing is, increasingly using Twitter feels like standing at the side of the motorway watching a lot of whizz traffic go by; silver car, van, blue car, white car, lorry. Very occasionally, something interesting happens on the central reservation and we all rubber neck to look. Twitter isn’t all dull and people do slow down, they wave, a tweet passes by that is just lovely, the equivalent of seeing a pink bubble car.

Twitter is/was micro-blogging, thus people share snippets of their life. It reflects the complexities of humans, from tediously dull, to desperately sad. From horrifically abusive to the best of Twitter; clever, witty and the downright hilarious – in a mere 140 characters, no mean feat. Monika’s tweet made me appreciate that these days I rarely, tweet an actual (possibly fascinating, probably dull) update on my day. Occasionally, I tweet my insightful views of The Archers and I enjoy connecting with other Archers fans, where else could I do that? Those are the sort of connections that make Twitter great.

Every couple of days, I nip to Twitter and RT something useful and interesting that someone else is sharing. It isn’t conversation, I just add to the stuff whizzing by. I just don’t seem to want to give Twitter the time and when I do it is as if I am shouting into a void, little comes back. For the purposes of this post I tweeted a “hello”, one (lovely) person replied, it didn’t develop into a conversation. When I looked at my timeline there wasn’t much to join in with or reply to.

Instead, I am mostly on Instagram, Helloitsgemma; come, say hello. I love the visual window. There are snap shots of ordinary lives, alongside and the creation of some beautiful imagery. Instagram inspires me. I am enjoying the increasing number of collective hashtags and gatherings they create. I love that I can *like* and move on. If I have something to say, I have lots of space to say to it. Spring has sprung and my Instagram feed is full of daffodils and blossom, blue skies and mini eggs. What could be nicer?

Do you still chat on Twitter? Or are you spending time elsewhere?

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11 Comments

  1. 25 March 2015 / 07:59

    Twitter is truly like a motorway and I don’t have time to trawl through it all even with lists! Definitely prefer instagram, I think it’s more social.

  2. 25 March 2015 / 09:16

    I remember how I used to compulsively check Twitter upwards of 50 times a day. These days I buzz by, tweeting things I think will be of interest to followers and doing a quick scan of the latest tweets, maybe checking the feeds of some of my favourites.

    I wish I had more time just to gab and catch up. A lot of my “social” time these days is spent on Instagram. Maybe it’s time to circle back to one of the most popular platforms in the community. Thanks for the nudge!

  3. 25 March 2015 / 09:58

    I love twitter still. I still do random daily status updates (I rarely use my personal facebook anymore, it’s all blogging/group related on there), inane though they are, and I do chat with people if I notice a conversation or something I can butt in on.

    But it is very full of competition RTs and posts (twitter is one of my ways I access blog posts – I never get round to my bloglovin feed), and hard to find the people to chat to. I find you have to be on at certain times of the day to do so.

    I do love Instagram, but because I need to have regular photos through the day to make me access it, I rarely go on more than once a day. So I don’t find that’s conversations or building friendships, more just likes and an occasional comment. It’s quick, but less interactive I find.

  4. 25 March 2015 / 10:55

    I think twitter is like anything, you get out what you put in, there are still chats between people I see them often on my timeline, there are also mass chats with hashtags that are where lots of talking goes on. Yes there is an awful lot of tweet and run, but it is far from all there is.

  5. 25 March 2015 / 13:58

    I’m spending more time on Twitter. I have a list for the people I chat with so I can go there first reply to a few things and then if I have time look at the other people I follow. I’ve noticed that I rarely get responses to my tweets, but I do if I reply to other people’s (I guess what I say is not the most exciting).

    I don’t have conversations on Instagram. I write comments sometimes, but they don’t go much further. How do they work for you?

  6. 26 March 2015 / 18:13

    I still chat on Twitter! There are definitely times when there’s nothing or nobody there, but there’s usually someone to chat to. I often start conversations myself and someone responds, or I respond to someone else and have a chat 🙂

  7. 27 March 2015 / 01:38

    Twitter is truly fast & furious, but as you say people do slow down and when that happens conversations can be had. You almost need to put your hand out, as if hailing a bus, and I’ve found people do stop!
    I really enjoy twitter and just this evening I had a conversation with a fellow blogger about Masterchef – clearly something we’re both involved in – only then for an author of one of the books we mentioned chipping in to our conversation. So within minutes I was in conversation, all of us sitting on our own sofas with a glass of wine, but having a chat!
    I think if you’re happy to butt into a conversation people are always pleased to have you

  8. 29 March 2015 / 02:22

    I’m actually quite relieved to read your post because I was beginning to think it was me – I don’t get enough time to spend on twitter – life has that way of taking priority 😉 but when I do go on sometimes there really is no conversation.

    I totally agree with a couple of the comments above about making the move – putting your hand out so to speak – and I think now I might try it again.

    🙂

  9. 01 April 2015 / 00:32

    I definitely still chat on Twitter. I hate auto tweets. Sure, I drop links like the rest of us but I still interact. What’s the point otherwise? Is it all about visits and stats?

  10. 02 April 2015 / 09:59

    I still chat, but not a often. I’ve always been a fb addict though x

  11. 02 April 2015 / 10:00

    I’ve only just got into twitter and I chat- not every day but I’m certainly interacting with people I don’t know which I’ve never done on a social media platform before. I don’t really understand Instagram so I rarely use it.