TMT on Twitter FAQ

You can see what I’m Tweeting about by searching for @Mobiusinformer on Twitter.

First, credits:

To @imsuperawesome, for allowing me to even be here. She is, in fact, Super Awesome.

To @wilw, from whom I got the idea to post a Twitter FAQ. A lot of what he has posted echo my sentiments exactly, only he’s far more eloquent and nice about it. FWIW, I had no clue who @wilw was (an actor in one of the Star Trek franchise TV series), until I started Tweeting. He often has interesting things to say and great posts on various topics.

To my friend, @MistressJett (she’s not nearly as harsh as that name sounds), whose participation on Twitter convinced me to give it a second look. She’s usually the first in my small circle to dive into the latest online gizmo, and her instincts about what’s useable and not online are usually dead-on. Usually. 😛

Lastly, to my old friend Dan Moore, who used to be The Silicon Frog on the ILink BBS Network. Dan taught me most of what I know about dealing with people online, and his advice has never failed me yet.

What do you Tweet about?

Anything that comes to mind. Some of it’s useful, some offensive, some ridiculous. I tweet to please myself.

How often do you Tweet?

Some days I don’t Tweet at all. Some days I tweet more than Kareem Abdul Jabbar (@kaj33) during a Laker’s Playoff Game.

Why are you picking on KAJ?

I’m not. The comparison was the first that came to mind. I admire KAJ, despite my loathing for most current pro sports. He’s old school, a class act, a man of principles, and he was The Monster Shouter in Stephen King’s The Stand!

Will you follow me?

Unlikely, unless you have something relevant, interesting or funny to say. Given that criteria, I probably wouldn’t follow ME.

I’ve been known to Tweet under more than one moniker, so it’s possible I’m following you from there.

You use more than one Twitter account? Isn’t that somewhat Schizo?

Probably. Different feeds for different interests. You’ll find that the overall ‘message’ is pretty consistent. Another perspective is that I get to blame others when making huge gaffes. I take that cue from President Mulligan.

President Mulligan? You mention that a lot in some of your Tweets. WTF?

You obviously missed the infamous ‘abundance of caution’ do-over.

Which application do you use to Tweet?

I use ’em all. From the web I enjoy Hootsuite. Wish theirs was a standalone app. I also use Destroy Twitter, Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop, in that order. For the Blackberry, I like Uber Twitter, but Twitterberry is also pretty good. For the iPhone/iTouch, I like many of them…and still deciding which one I like best. In a perfect world, we’d have Hootsuite for the iTouch!

Do you tweet for fun or for profit?

Neither. I use Twitter as a tool to keep my ear to the ground and to exchange information. I’m disgusted at all these self-proclaimed Marketing/SEO type gurus who manipulate data online to make a buck. They’re somewhere in between Pawnbrokers and Attorneys in my book, right below Car Salesmen. It amazes me that they’ve pounced down on Twitter like a pack of ravenous dogs, and further amazes me that otherwise intelligent, educated people follow their advice and suck the life out of what can be a great planet-wide information exchange.

I was following you, and you blocked me. Why?

Because you had nothing relevant to say, or you were one of the aforementioned marketing douchebags. My nuts aren’t all that large, but I won’t have somebody hanging off them to make a buck. Either that or I miss-clicked, which has been known to happen. Leave a reply here if you feel I blocked you unjustly.

You post a lot of stuff that pisses me off.

Hopefully it made you think. If you don’t like what I have to say, hit that big X in the upper right hand corner of your window and go someplace else. Won’t bother me in the slightest. A better suggestion would be to engage me and call me out on the offensive post. Just be forewarned – my positions are usually pretty well thought out.

You seem to post a LOT on Twitter in various places. Don’t you have (a life, anything better to do, etc.)?

That’s the lamest, oldest internet wanna-be argument in the world. It’s not my fault if I can think and react faster than you can. I spend far less time online than you might think, and really, that’s my business, isn’t it? Odds are I was ‘here’ long before you were, and will be here long after you’re gone.

Who else should I follow on Twitter?

You’re here, and you’ve read this far. You can figure that one out on your own. My blogs and those of our sister sites will often mention people worth following, and people worth avoiding. I follow and engage a wide range of folks, from the ACLU to Karl Rove. The spectrum doesn’t get any wider than that.

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