So I decided that maybe today would be a great day as any to talk about the one Social media platform that has had the most impact on me and where I spend most of my time- Twitter.
About 2 years ago, I think July a Facebook friend told me I was using Facebook like Twitter and that it would be more fun if I moved there. Well in my usual resistance to change characteristic, I refused. I was fine where I was. I had just discovered some of my friends from 20 years back and it was too much fun hanging out with them. But Segun Abisagbo @segebee on Twitter insisted.
Well, he got me to open a Twitter account. Its was a cold first week. I couldn’t understand how you would join a conversation and people would totally ignore you…and I couldn’t understand the follow back craze. Plus, the mediocre abbreviations was driving me crazy. I was seeing little girls showing off their nudity and silly spellings with thousands of followers. Nah, I didn’t want to be there.
After the first week, I told Segun I was leaving. I was going back to my Facebook frends who liked and appreciated me. But, Segun pleaded that I should give Twitter a chance. He also encouraged me to follow a few suggested handles that he believed were fun. He tried to explain that how you felt about twitter actually depended on people you follow.
So I stayed. I followed foreign news handles and a few Nigerians that I found interesting. I think my first few follows included @bragginrightz, @videoboiawizzle (Funny I still follow those two crazy fellas who coincidentally share the same birthday). And Twitter started becoming more interesting. LOL. At some point I hardly logged on to Facebook anymore. I had been “twitterised”.
Well, it wasn’t long before I started stepping on toes on twitter (covers face). I just had a way of rubbing people the wrong way.
First, it was my views on Nollywood. I was (still do) work with Nollywood and so I did some tweets on poor quality of Nollywood movies. I remember clearly two unfollows from my tweets (Of course, I shall not dignfy them with a mention on my blog :p)
Then there were people who would look at my very low follow count and couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t follow back. I remember back in the day each time someone says followback, I tweet them back and ask where they are going. LOL. Someone once said Ffback ASAP and I responded with O_o. He didn’t find it funny.
Well, I think right from the start I set a standard for myself. I never allowed myself to be swayed by popular opinion. The first test came in January 2012, durng the fuel subsidy protests. I had a lot of unfollows from people I thought I was chummy with because they couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t come out to Ojota or at least tweet in support of their protests. It was a rather sad time for me but I am glad I stayed true to my principles.
One thing I have learnt over the years is that Twitter never forgets. In fact, I tell my friends that you really shouldn’t fear people who retweet you, rather be very scared of people who favourite your tweets. LOL. You never know when your tweet will be unearthed and people will ask you: did you say this last year? LOL
I really should stop here for today. Let me share more about my Twitter experience tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you are on Twitter, can you remember when you joined and why? Who was the first person you followed? Please use the comment box. LOL
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind – 2nd Tim 1:7 NKJV