My 10,000th tweet

Twitter is great but (perhaps because) you only get 140 characters. So this post mentions some of the highlights of my twitter experience so far. If you don’t know twitter at all or you don’t “get” it, don’t start here with my 10,000 tweet. Start with my post on “What is the point of twitter?” instead. Sign up, and you’ll see that it can be great fun, and very useful too.

I created my @tom_hartley account on 14th May 2010 (I’d been tweeting from another account since 2008). It’s rather brought me out of my shell.

In twitter terms, I am an old hand. In real life I am not quite as old, wrinkled or bald yet.
In twitter terms, I am an old hand. In real life I am not quite as old, wrinkled or bald yet.

Highlights:

After all this time discussing science, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, careers… I think I finally figured out the point of twitter. I even gave a lecture about it last month, in the process catching up with @KL_Wheat (who I once forced to read a CIA guide on Intelligence Analysis – true).

But after all that, by a factor >100 my most popular tweet was a couple of weeks ago. An unattributed joke I copied (and lightly censored) from @JorgenSundberg (but he got it elsewhere I think):

Job interview:

“What’s your greatest weakness?”

“Honesty.”

“I don’t think honesty is a weakness.

“I don’t give a f**k what you think.”?

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