It seems it wasn’t that long ago when I posted tweet number 1000. In fact, number 100, wasn’t that long ago. I opened my Twitter account (JoeBugBuster) in 2008, on September 11, but I hardy touched it for several years.
Back then I followed very few people on Twitter, and very few followed me, but they were all people I knew personally. I prided myself that all my followers were “real people – no bots.” I’m still particular who I follow, but anyone is welcome to follow me – even bots and other computer programs. I used to just tweet with people I knew IRL (In Real Life), but now I chat with people across the country and around the world.
Twitter and the Social Media Lifestyle
It’s only in the last couple years that I have become active on Twitter. Usually I post just a few tweets a day. Sometimes none. But sometimes it’s dozens if I’m participating in a Twitter Chat. (That’s when dozens or hundreds of people go on Twitter at a specified time and add a specified hashtag to their posts. Anyone who searches on that hashtag will be able to see the discussion.)
Sunday nights are particularly active times for me on Twitter because I usually participate in two chats:
BlogChat, is for people who write blogs or are interested in doing so, and is hosted by Mack Collier. It’s held Sunday nights at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern – or you can translate that to whichever time zone you prefer.
NostalgiaChat is for anyone who likes discussing the good ol’ days, the things we had, and the things we experienced. I generate a lot of tweets during #NostalgiaChat because it’s hosted by Beki Winchel and myself. That’s Sunday nights at 7 PM Pacific / 10 PM Eastern.
Not surprisingly, tweet number 10,000 landed right as I was transitioning from BlogChat to NostalgiaChat on a Sunday night. I couldn’t resist posting this as number 10,001:
— Steve Case (@JoeBugBuster) January 28, 2013
So What’s the Big Deal about 10K Tweets?
Have you ever watched the odometer in your car when it’s about to increment more than one digit at once? Your first 100 miles. then your first thousand, the first ten thousand,
and it’s not at all unusual now for cars to last over one hundred thousand miles.
Have you ever watched an odometer roll from 9999 to 10000? That’s not unlike seeing the number of tweets is about to show 10,000, and watching closely until it changes. There’s nothing magical about the number, but it’s a milestone. It’s also an opportunity to think about what’s happened during the time period that your vehicle (or Twitter account), was rolling up to that number.
Rolling to 20,000 probably won’t be such a big deal, but I’ve heard that rolling to 100,000 can be a sign of insanity. Ask me in a few more years. 🙂