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My Love-Hate Relationship With Twitter

Well it seems that I’m back to using my Twitter account more interactively. I finally found a Twitter application for my iPhone that ticks all the boxes and gives me the exact features that I wanted, Tweetie.

As of this morning I am the 19,629 most followed person on Twitter. LOL, 19,629th. With 1,142 people currently following me I’ve got a hell of a long way to go before I have more followers than Ashton Kutcher, @aplusk, with 603,661 people following him. Size matters, doesn’t it? I was thinking of using this online tool to get lots of new Twitter followers but I’m not sure if I should.

I love Twitter for being able to share links to the latest credit or debt questions, breaking news and just to say silly things to people I don’t know. Things like, “I hope you don’t wash your car with coffee” or “OMG WTF eating crayons with butter”. I’ve never really said either of those things, but I could and you won’t know unless you are following me on Twitter.

Now that I finally have an application that lets me easily see messages back to me, filtered from the Twitter stream of consciousness, I can once again be interactive with people that decide to follow me at @GetOutOfDebtGuy.

What I discovered early about Twitter was that once I crossed some line in the sand with how many people I was following, the messages got to be overwhelming. That line in the sand got crossed when I decided that I was going to follow people on Twitter that followed me. Follow me, follow you. A grand plan indeed but it became a bit like creating a virtual tsunami of random thoughts that pounded me and then sucked me out to sea.

And besides, I do have other things to do during the day beside just Twit, don’t I? Like answer questions about how to get out of debt.

I think this video from i/eJustine sums up the online social connection time issue very well and why I drew the line at IM. Gasp, I don’t have a Skype account or any other IM tool. For me, IM is like call waiting. I dislike them both.

(Click this video link if you don’t see the video inserted above.)

I also finally learned an obvious secret to letting me use Twitter just for entertainment, create a second account. On my entertainment account I currently follow, Demi Moore (@mrskutcher), Ashton Kutcher (@plusk), Robert Luketic (@robluketic), Rob Corddry (@robcorddry), and iJustine (@ijustine). None of those folks saying anything earth shattering but I really like the TwitPics that Ashton and Demi send. It lets me get glimpses of the movie set or some random moment. Take a look at Demi Moore’s photos she has posted. Granted, her photos are a lot more exotic than the ones I’ve posted in the past.

Using Twitter has also introduced me to people that needed help and have since come to me for free advice. In that way Twitter had a hand in helping two random people to connect and change the course of a life for the better. And that’s cool stuff. And besides that, if you follow me at Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook you’ll know when I’m standing in a long line at the cinema, and won’t that make both of our lives more complete? LOL

Steve

P.S. Want to see a picture my dog Dude asleep next to me? Click here. Now isn’t your life more complete? It is, say it, you know it is.

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Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.
  • Teast

    Ok Steve – I know this post is over a year old, but I just HAVE to say. Dude is the best dog name EVER. I have joked at length with my husband about how awesome it would be to yell out the back door “Dude! Get in here”. I think dude is the perfect all purpose word for communicating a myriad of things. Well done sir.

  • Teast

    Ok Steve – I know this post is over a year old, but I just HAVE to say. Dude is the best dog name EVER. I have joked at length with my husband about how awesome it would be to yell out the back door “Dude! Get in here”. I think dude is the perfect all purpose word for communicating a myriad of things. Well done sir.

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