Much as we love Twitter as ‘The world’s greatest CPD tool. Ever!’ we do think there are a number of warning signs to look out for:
- You start to think of people who you have never met, who you will never meet, whose face you have never seen and whose real name you will never know, as ‘your friends’.
- You think that the people you follow and who follow you are a cross-section of society and start to believe that all of society is like you. And the people who aren’t are just wrong. Or freaks.
- You like the idea of having ‘Followers’ a little too much.
- You have a small celebration every time your followers total goes past a number that ends in a zero.
- You mistake your number of followers as a reflection of your popularity in the real world.
- You find your entire weekend is spoiled because someone you have never, ever known has ‘unfollowed’ you for no reason.
- Your heart misses a beat every time a complete stranger retweets you.
- You think Tweeting angrily about something to people who share your anger is doing something about it.
- You think Tweeting angrily about something to people who share your anger will change something. Anything.
- You are starting to blur the distinction between your thoughts and your Tweets.
- You experience something mildly interesting and think, ‘I’ll Tweet about that later’.
- You experience something mildly interesting and stop experiencing it in order to Tweet about it straight away.
- You compose Tweets in your head as you go about your daily life, even if you never send them.
- You start to believe the blurb you put in your profile.
- You think people under the age of 25 will think you’re cool because you’re into ‘social media’.
- You think people under the age of 25 actually care about what happens on Twitter.
- You mistake things that are unimportant with things that are important because they appear in your timeline.
- You end arguments with a hashtag. In your head.
- You don’t have an opinion until one emerges in your timeline.
- You see a new photo of yourself and you wonder how it would look scaled down as your new avatar.
- You’re increasingly finding that you’re no longer able or willing to concentrate right to the end of any sentence with more than 140 charact