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Some Twitter Personalities
While I was working on my Twitter psychology article, a friend from Twitter, @spideas asked me a question about introverts on Twitter. I have had conversations with my introverted friends and looked at the deeper psychological implications of Twitter. I realized that there are so many personalities on Twitter it might be fun to go through hundreds of the people I follow and follow me and categorize their tweets. I put together a list of some of the personalities on Twitter and their tendencies based on my knowledge of psychology and personality. This is not an exhaustive list. This is also not a complete description. There are exceptions to every category. Hold off on the hate mail.
Twitter appears to be a great place for introverts to communicate. It is a safe haven because they can write when they want and how they want. They can keep their relationships at a distance and they don’t have to divulge any personal information. They also are free to share information at pace that is comfortable for them. Of all the social places in the world Twitter is far more comfortable than the vulnerability of Facebook and more social than LinkedIn. Keep in mind that just because one is introverted, doesn’t mean they don’t have friends or want to communicate. They just want a safer place to do it.
The extrovert is seen on Twitter regularly. Part of their personality is to be the “life of the party”. They usually are. They are involved, active, quick on their feet and engaging. However the extrovert can get frustrated with Twitter if they are not being responded to. They may not get the attention they hoped. Once the extrovert gains a solid following they love it. If it takes too long to gather that following they move on to other things. The problem with the extrovert is that they can’t stop talking. Because of their many “tweets” throughout the day many people believe they have no life outside of Twitter. They can be, at times, very overwhelming to the average Twitter user.
The logic thinkers struggle with Twitter because there is so much emotional angst going on. Remember Twitter started as a tech forum. Many of the original Tweeps became frustrated and started their own groups. You will still find that many of these logic thinkers have a unique set of followers and do not respond to mundane talk. They like people like themselves. They like being involved with Twitter discussions that make sense and make a difference for their world. They have little time for everyday chatter. They are very good at weeding people out they do not want to talk to.
Are people unfollowing you on Twitter. Have you ever felt like you are saying things that just are not solid. Here is a simple solution, a gentle reminder, some coating relief for those moments when you just struggle to have something of substance to say.
Twitter, is part social, part business, part nonsense. However, the interesting thing is you can choose which way you want to use it. What’s great is that you can change the way you use it from day to day, hour to hour etc. The first step is to use it. The second step is not only to write something, it also means talking to other people about what they write. If you think for a moment that you are the guru where everyone will just come to read your “tweets” you are sadly mistaken. Unless you really are a guru, it is going to take effort on your part to read what others “tweet” and “tweet” back in the form of a “reply”. Yes sir, yes ma’am Twitter is a “two-way tweet”, if you cannot accept that, then the truth is you really do have “tweeterhhea”.