This post is really for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter and, therefore, don’t get the pleasure of perusing the oddities that spew from my thumbs when I can’t sleep (which is happening more and more often of late). But those of you who do follow me might appreciate having the recent randomness collected in one place, so here it is. Enjoy. ; )
Two Whats of Twitter
1. RT = retweet
When someone tweets something I want to share with my followers, I “retweet” that person’s tweet. This means that my followers will then see the tweet with “RT” and the original Twitterer’s handle attached to it.
A “hashtag” marks keywords in a tweet and is preceded by a #. So if I tweet about writing and tag the tweet with #amwriting, my tweet will appear listed with other #amwriting tweets if someone clicks on #amwriting. Hashtags help categorize tweets and make it easier to find information on a certain subject.
Just for fun, some of us like to make up hashtags that no one is going to be searching for. A popular, “legit” hashtag is #firstworldproblems ( = frustrations with luxuries available only in First World countries). In one of my recent tweets, I made up the hashtag #literaturenerdproblems, which no one will be searching for, but it made me giggle as a play on #firstworldproblems.
So. There, dear inklings, is your brief “Twitter 101” for the day. Now you’re ready for the #tweetsomniac weirdness!
@courtcan’s Insomniac Tweets
Oh. Hi, insomnia. Fancy meeting you here. #donotfancyatall #goaway
Hi, I’m Courtney, and I’m a tweetsomniac. #Twitter #insomnia
That sad moment when you have a new interaction on Twitter and realize that you tweeted at yourself. #firstworldproblems
.@JoshuaUnruh “Holy cats” is “heilige Katzen” in German. In case you wanted to start using that.
When you’ve gestated 37.5 weeks, random contractions that just peter out into nothing (instead of turning into true labor) are #notfair.
Tweeting isn’t helping the insomnia. #amwriting wouldn’t help either, but I am sorely tempted to get out of bed and do some.
(For the record, I didn’t.)
Yesterday on Facebook, my dumb phone autocorrected “rood” to “roof.” #literaturenerdproblems
I think The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me” is one of the most beautiful songs ever. #music
Aw, now that’s just sad. RT @val_q: Things He Says to Hurt Me #2: “Claire Danes and Jared Leto? What show was that?”
I used to want to be an archaeologist too! RT @YMinisterswife Today I shall embark on an adventure I call “toy box excavation”.
Someday, I really want to throw a surprise birthday party for the next #random person to enter the public restroom.
Also of a good story. RT @CHRISVOSS One very important ingredient of success is a good, wide-awake, persistent, tireless enemy. -F Shutts
RE previous RT: Your story is only as strong as your antagonist. Discuss. #amwriting
I have gephyrophobia. #abouttheauthor #random
#insomnia has taught me that my usual suspects on Twitter are not awake at 5:30am CST. #firstworldproblems
With reservations as delineated by @barryeisler in comments, I added my name to NoSockPuppets. http://nosockpuppets.wordpress.com #NSPHP #amwriting
Look, Ma — no sleeps. #insomnia *sigh again*
Are u one of my family members who posts awkwardly personal updates about ur romantic life on Facebook? Please don’t tell anyone.
–@ApiarySociety, retweeted by @courtcan
#insomnia #frustrations #feelingpitiful #readytohavealegitreasonforsleeplessness #legitreasonequalsbaby *sigh*
I cannot describe the depth of my disappointment the day I discovered that #fantasyfootball has naught to do w/ elves, trolls, and dragons.
I grew up as an American in Germany. We weren’t military. Pretty sure our phones were tapped during the ’80s. #TCK #adventures
If you didn’t know: #TCK = #ThirdCultureKid = originates in one culture, grows up in another, assimilates them into 1 unique culture.
#TCK advantages: extreme cultural adaptability, flexible personality, independence, broadened horizons, heightened empathy.
#TCK disadvantages: adjustment difficulties, commitment issues, rootlessness, frustration w country of origin, never fitting in anywhere.
For me, #TCK advantages far outweigh disadvantages. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
I should blog about this. #TCK
Being pregnant is like having eaten the biggest meal of your life & feeling crazy stretched & bloated, but w empty tummy. Also, epic boobs.
#insomnia = #lackoffilters #tweetinginappropriatethingsatsixam
I’ve been reading “Night of the Iguana” by T. Williams. So far: Nymphos = 1, nubiles = 2, lechers = 1, natives = 2, iguanas = 0.
So many blogs with headlines like “This Is Why Your _________ Is a Failure.” <-- Define failure?! Maybe the struggle is just part of growth.
Also a spiffy scarf. RT @LukeRomyn: Don't buy roses or chocolate, get her a tank of gas.
My phone is dying. Probably a sign I should try sleeping again. Later, y'all. #insomnia