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.
- Involvement in @imascientist and relatedly hooking up with my York @imascientist friends @joannabuckley @DrMarkJFogg and @louisedash. Still quite proud with what I did, even though I came second to @stephencurry. His last minute cheese video forced me to release my own secret weapons in desperation, but it was not enough.
- Getting involved in #scienceisvital, going to the demo and meeting the SiV crew and many, many like-minded people – I think we helped change a few minds and made a difference.
- Meeting science teachers at #YorkTU and being invited to talk to @alomshaha’s students, too. My taxi drive on the way there has been watched 14000 times on YouTube! OK, it’s not Gangnam Style or the Harlem Shake, but it’s not bad for a cab journey, is it?
- Tweeting a big memory conference I helped organise #ICOM5. We had a twitter wall with memory – based haikus – I even appeared on Newsnight (OK that might not really be twitter-related).
- With @hugospiers and @chrismbird I got to know @pollypeapod and we contributed to Channel 4’s Hidden Talent show – testing around 500 people in the process with the 4-mountains test.
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):
“What’s your greatest weakness?”
“I don’t think honesty is a weakness.
“I don’t give a f**k what you think.”?