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Went to Tumblr’s Reblog This Film Festival on Tuesday. The first short, Follow Her, was a prickly little charmer about the effect of twitter on a couple’s first date.
He thinks it’s like wearing a T-shirt with your thoughts on it. She thinks it’s like keeping a diary.
I think it’s been a disappointment.
In fact, my primary motive for checking twitter throughout the day is to see if any of the people I follow (most of whom I’ve never met) have finally written something of interest.
Usually they haven’t. But that’s not because they’re not interesting – it’s because they’re not good at twitter.
There are billions of fascinating people out there whose lives in the coffeehouse or mall or factory or office are being misrepresented as dull because they 1) aren’t looking at it in the right light or 2) don’t know how to describe it very well.
I’m no expert, but I am pretty good at writing. So here are some DOs and DON’Ts on how to make minutiae of your daily life more attractive to strangers.
1. If you don’t want to share the minutiae of your daily life with strangers – DO NOT have a public account. That’s what private accounts and texting and email and sometimes even phone calls are for.
2. If you have a public account, DO write in somewhat complete sentences. Tweeting “off the hook!!” doesn’t tell as much as “We’re crammed into an over-capacity nightclub with blocked emergency exits but we’re so drunk on Red Bull and vodka we don’t care!”
3. If you’re feeling stumped, DO write like a reporter: Tell us Who, What (happened), Where, When, Why and How (do you feel)? Example: “Katrina got mauled in the stairway a second ago because she flashed her coochie when she was dancing on the bar. She kinda deserves it.”
4. DO use your senses – Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sound and even the 6th one. Example: “Think I see the village down the road. I still taste blood but I’m so cold I’d huddle by my own funeral pyre if it got me any closer to the ancient mine. “
5. DON’T mention or post pictures of children on twitter with reckless abandon. Example: “Here are the latest pics of Jamie and the twins in the bathtub! They’re getting so BIG!”
6. DO share something you love and why: “I love cleaning off my dry erase board so there isn’t a single mark left! Makes me feel cleansed after a day of teaching doomed, ungrateful third-graders.”
7. If you have repeated difficulty thinking up something that you love, you may be suffering from depression or dysthymia. DON’T beat yourself up. It’s probably hereditary. Talk to a licensed professional.
8. If you’re a student, DO tweet something you learned that day, if only to allay your parents’ fears that you’re just getting high. Example: “The mach number at the sonic state is unity.”
9. DON’T post a link without tempting me with a little taste of why I should click on it. Example: “I told you Robert Pattinson wasn’t circumcised! www.twitpic.com/twilightuncut”
10. And finally, DON’T think for a second that your life is any less interesting than a celebrity’s. Everyone has a story – and now it can be told 140 characters at a time.
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