Lessons Learned On The Way To Reaching 10,000 Twitter Followers
**Note to whoever followed me first: it is now 7 years later, and Twitter effectively functions as the propaganda arm of the executive branch of the US government. Bet you didn’t predict that?**
- Be kind, always, or you will regret it later.
- Arguing on Twitter is like dancing with ghosts. Like shadowboxing with a mirror.
- You tweeted about “x”, but I chose to make it about “y”. You can complain about that, and tell me that is faulty logic, but that’s Twitter’s business model.
- Follow interesting people. Unfollow them when you get bored. You could complain but it ain’t called the “attention economy” for nothing.
- Try and say interesting things, but don’t chase “likes”.
- Your best tweets, and funniest tweets, are all in your head.
- When you start thinking in terms of how you will tweet about things that just happened to you. (e.g., you start *thinking in tweets*), it’s time to get off Twitter.
- Hate reading is bad for your health. Don’t do it.
- Be kind and say interesting things. How hard is that? (Plenty, apparently, although we can learn lots about being our *best selves* from time spent on social media).