Good news. Bad news.

Good News! I have had my first article published on Wikinut.

Bad News: I don’t like my article.

It’s not that it is absolutely terrible, it’s just that I think I could’ve picked a better subject to write about. Writing about the moment a Hotpoint washing machine became one of the top trending topics on Twitter seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I’m not so sure. I guess I was just trying to get an article out there and after all the trouble I’ve had trying to write something – well, it just seemed an easy subject to write about.

I’ll probably will go back and have another go on the articles I ended up abandoning halfway through writing them at some point.  In the meantime, I’ve deliberately not put the link to my article on here.  Just be assured, it’s on there.

EDIT:  OK, if want to have a good laugh, or just see how bad it is  you can read it here. Please be gentle with me.

“Oh my God, what have I done?”

Those were the first words I ever tweeted on Twitter. Yes I am sad enough to remember what they were.

It was on this day last year (the day being 6th February and the year 2009) that I signed up to the micro blogging phenomenon, after initially resisting the urge to tell the world what I’m doing in less than 140 characters. During that time I’ve tweeted about everything from my life to TV shows to news stories and just about anything that comes in my head. I’ve also got to know a lot of very nice people on there and had plenty of good chats with them. I’ve even had the occasional reply from the more well known people I follow.

Of course, I’ve also seen the not so good side of twitter – the trolls who abuse other users (especially the famous ones), the spambots (in particular  the infamous “Britney F****d”), the far right extremists and the generally all round horrible who get off on making nasty comments. Oh and I almost forgot the people who follow you and then unfollow you the second you follow them back (mean people). Still, the good things far outweigh the bad, and 12 months on I am still into regularly answering the question “what are you doing?” (or “what’s happening?” as they have recently changed it to).  Whether I can keep it going for another 12 months remains to be seen, but for now I’m still interested.

And I love it a lot more than Facebook!

All a twitter…

So as I mentioned in an edit of a previous entry, I have finally decided to join the ever growing phenomenon that is Twitter. I had resisted the urge to join for a while,  thinking that had I done so it would be something else I would get  incredibly obsessed with.  True to form, I have become obsessed with it. I’ve even downloaded TweetDeck,  for goodness sake.

Another reason for not joining it until now was that I wasn’t sure about the notion of  “micro- blogging” which forms the basis of twitter. On the one hand, the idea of writing entries like you would a text message, in a set number of characters,  is appealing. On the other, there’s nothing quite like being able to write  about life and all that stuff without any limits on the number of words.

At first, I got frustrated at finding I had exceeded my character limit  and having to amend my “tweets”. But now I’ve got the hang of it and I’m enjoying posting my pithy musings, as well as reading everyone else’s. I still favour the conventional blogging method, but this is a great alternative for when you don’t have much to say or just want to keep it brief.