Friday, December 27, 2013

TY 4 RTs & SOs! #RocktheHouse

   What is up with those crazy tweets? And why so many of them? What do they mean?

   I get asked about the #gratitude tweets from time to time, and it seemed like a good idea to have a blog entry to explain the meaning, purpose, and mechanics of the hieroglyphics. 

   First, the long hand version of the tweet is "Thank you for retweets and shout outs." The hashtags are for fun and to break things up a bit. The reason to use shorthand is simple math. With only 140 characters it is important to use as few as possible. I'd rather explain and make sure I have room to mention EVERYONE.

   The quantity of the tweets is dictated by the amount of people who have either retweeted or responded to something. I thank everyone since it would be impractical to examine the nature of every exchange. Occasionally someone doesn't recall making a mention, but I take the history directly from Twitter, so it is most likely a lapse in memory. 

   The second reason there are so many is that I try not to them every day, though that is getting harder as things get busier. There are limits on the number of tweets per day etc and I have to follow the rules of Twitter. I have worked to make them appear fairly quickly, and then finish. Always tweeking the tweets. :-)

   The meaning is simple. I really appreciate people taking the time to drop by and interact with me, and my content. I'm not sure what noise a tree makes falling in an empty forest, but I think it is boring and disrespectful not to respond to the interaction. Thanks is owed, so thanks is paid. 

   Hope this helps to explain the tweets. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. 

   Thanks again! 

   All the best, Tim


  1. Hello, I concur with the fact that it's disrespectful not to show appreciation! TY 4 Acknowledging.

  2. I concur that it is disrespectful not to show appreciation! TY 4 Acknowledging. ☆