It is quite clear that the 140 character social networking site Twitter has been swamped with squatting writers. Paranormal, vampire, romance, erotica, scifi, detective, aspiring and of course self-help and auto-biographical, just to name a few of the genres of delinquent lay about scribblers taking up valuable Twitter space at the expense of people with more productive pursuits.

In trying to expand my mind, and of course my reading demographic, I tried with little success to weed out more constructive people to follow such as butchers, motor mechanics and insurance agents. I did come across a few crocheters and knitters, but fell short on dry cleaners and cabinet makers.

While doctors of all types of self proclaimed fame were in abundance, nurses, theatre assistants and orderlies came up as a blank. Bankers seem to be totally avoiding Twitter as well as dentists and plumbers. A few fast food outlets but very few chefs.

Perhaps it is time Twitter started putting limits on certain types of habitually creative and arty Twitter users and promoting its valuable service to the more industrious and useful professions. Maybe advertising on Linkedin might attract more energetic and industrious types who could bring their acumen to the service.

Some real world tweets about real things that are happening in their daily lives. The number of insurance policies sold in a day, tales of unblocked kitchen sinks, successful varicose vein operations and how to rotate the tyres on you car for maximum mileage. Useful stuff.

As any of you familiar with the Douglas Adams will know, Twitter is in danger of resembling the famous expedition to Earth 2 where progress was very slow after their arrival due the indecision about what colour fire should be before it was introduced to the market.

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9 thoughts on “Too Many Writers On Twitter

  • 06/08/2010 at 6:50 pm

    Interesting! Joining Twitter, for me, has been pretty beneficial because I've been learning from author blogs and a few are editors of magazines who have also been great. So I don't think I've hit burn-out yet and I've been lucky enough to get some of my work accepted to zines for the first time. It is a time-sucker though, so I do welcome the fail-whale sometimes.

  • 07/08/2010 at 7:23 pm

    Keenly observed & well said Derek.It could definitely become better.
    Another thought would be,Humans are not always rational.Therefore,some Social interaction & absurdness is inevitable.

  • 19/04/2011 at 10:27 pm

    Yes, LOTS of us writers on Twitter. But I like that. I've discovered so much community and camaraderie. But it's true: Some non-literary blood would be great — as you say, "Some real world tweets about real things that are happening in their daily lives." As far as I'm concerned, the more, the merrier.

  • 19/04/2011 at 10:49 pm

    Maybe if the writers would tweet about their real daily lives and not just writerly stuff, it might make it more interesting. ;)

  • 03/05/2011 at 9:17 pm

    As far as I'm concerned, you writers can keep Twitter. We plumbers know where we'd prefer to squat. Burst pipe? Blocked toilet? New boiler? Yellow Pages, mate – that's where the action is. That's why we invented Twitter and LinkedIn – to give all you bloody writers somewhere to amuse yourselves and stop queering our pitch.

  • 03/05/2011 at 9:33 pm

    Love it Alain! Hopefully you succeeded!

  • 03/05/2011 at 10:01 pm

    I have to say when a person tweets the same thing over and over again, it does get a little annoying. As a writer I can understand how they want to plug their work but it does get a bit too much when you see the same thing constantly. I agree with wl551 nice to read something about the author or tweet something that may be of interest or out of the ordinary.

  • 25/07/2011 at 6:20 pm


    Most of the Twitter content is generated by a minority of the users–and most of it, to me, seems like garbage (spamnauts aside). Is it useful for writers? Maybe; but it’s analagous with a direct marketing tool rather than meaningful conversation (send out a million flyers, get a few responses).

  • 27/08/2011 at 7:59 am

    Derek, thank you for the information on Twitter. I refered to it in another post comment as furthering my education and Twitter 101 has been completed. Your posts were informative and never dull. Now to put it to practical use, without getting a suspension. Bernie

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