7 Signs of a Twitter-holic: Are You Addicted Yet?

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7 Signs of a Twitter-holic: Are You Addicted Yet?
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We both love Twitter for so many reasons. The main reason is that we learn and share with people who we would never have had the chance to meet if not for the social networking platform. Among all the social networking sites, Twitter is very special to us. We met, connected and now have a special bond that would not have been possible if we were not as active as we are on Twitter. But our love story is not the main topic for today’s post. Maybe in the near future we will be sharing our experience with you.

In the beginning of our Twitter journey, things were a lot different. We did not have tools to help schedule tweets, nor were there people who were as active as us.  We were always asked why we tweet so much hence the branding “Twitter-holic.”  Have you just recently joined Twitter? Are you wondering if you can be considered a Twitterholic?  Here are some signs that may help enlighten you:

1.  Update your Twitter status the minute you wake up – When you sleep with your smart phone or iPad next to you so that you can see what is happening around the Twitter universe even before you have had breakfast and even before brushing your teeth, you’ll know you are on the road to becoming a Twitter-holic.

2. You see keyboard marks on your face – What if tweeting is more important to you than sleep? We both have had our share of waking up with keyboard marks and stiff necks because we fell asleep on our computer keyboards. Can you blame us? Twitter is a place where you can have conversations with friends from all over the world. There is always someone to talk with 24/7. Besides it’s really fun!

3. Open at least 3 to 4 Twitter clients when updating your stream – If you are a geek like us, you have all sorts of tools available on all your devices that you use everyday. We find it easier to use several tools when updating our status and reading tweets.  If you have at least 3 or 4 Twitter clients open at the same time so that you don’t miss a tweet, you’ll know you are becoming a Twitter-holic

4.  Use #hashtags when communicating even in non Twitter conversations – You know someone is a really heavy Twitter user when they use #hashtags on platforms that are not Twitter related.  For those who do not know what #hashtags are on Twitter, it is a search tool that allows you to monitor a conversation about a particular topic. Just click on the hashtag and you will see all the conversations about that topic.


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5.  Share photos of what you eat and drink via twitpic, yfrog etc – We are both guilty of this. We are just lucky we both are so into it that we don’t mind when we have to stop and take a picture of food we eat or anything that is interesting. We love sharing our experiences with our friends and find it fun!! #thatisall #donotjudge

6. LOL in front of your computer –  Aside from the information that you can learn from Twitter, there are connections that you make on the platform that enables you to share jokes, funny banter among friends and funny tweets too.  If you have had the opportunity to build those relationships and have found people who share funny pics and jokes, then we are sure that you have laughed out loud in front of your computers.  You have probably also encountered some strange looks by people who happen to be watching you.

7.  Get upset and repost on other social sites when Twitter is down – When you get upset when you get the “fail whale” and share on Facebook or even Google Plus that Twitter is down, then you can be sure you are one of us; a full fledge Twitter-holic.

Being addicted to Twitter is something that is frowned upon by those who do not get the social site and consider it a time waster.  It can be, especially if one does not get any benefit from tweeting or if it has a negative effect on your work or family life. If you learn and connect with amazing people like we have it is a site that can literally change your life and make your world bigger. One tip we always offer is make sure you also find balance with your online and offline life.  Are you Twitter-holic?  Did we miss a sign here? Let us know. We would love to hear from you.


Image Credit: Marty McPadden

About the authors:

Marty McPadden founder and host of PodJamTv is a professional photographer, videographer, blogger, apple geek and a Production Supervisor at ESPN one of the largest sports network in the world. His vast knowledge in the above mentioned field will allow you our readers to tap into tools, apps, reviews and tips that he has learned and mastered over the years. How to’s and hacks that will allow you to have a richer online experience.

Misty Belardo co host and co writer of PodJamTv is an experienced blogger, designer and a self proclaimed Twitter-holic and an avid Facebook user is a Senior Production Manager at Barefoot Proximity, one of the most awarded advertising agencies across the globe. Her experience with writing, designing, SEO and brand and advertising strategy will give readers a point of view of what happens behind the scenes in the digital sphere.

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  • http://twitter.com/WhatsNextMkting Whats Next Marketing

    We’re guilty of all of these!

    Here are a few that you forgot:
    - You close your Macbook and pick up your iPhone.
    - You tweet things instead of writing them down to take notes.
    - You log out of Twitter and log right back in.

    Great article! Definitely had us chuckling.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you so much. I love your additional signs especially the one about picking up your iPhone. That’s totally me too!!

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    Thank you for the inputs yes definitely agree with what you added here! Twitter-holics unite!! =)

  • Dorothea Torretta

    After reading the article I thought that I was “quite” addicted, but after this 3 “symptons” I’m officially in (I close my Mac, take IPad and then mobile!!!)
    cheers to everybody ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/XS143 XS

    hmm.. I thought I was before, my daughter told me I was before.. but now I am 100% sure – definitely a twitter-holic.. :) I love it though, I’ve met some wonderful people via twitter who I now consider friends and just so interesting and warm.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Same here!! Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    I have known you Xenia for a long time now on Twitter and Facebook and yes I can attest you are 100% a twitter-holic!! ;-) ) Just happy we found each other on there! #keep rockin

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  • http://www.robertbcairns.com/ Rob Cairns

    Great article:) I guess I am not addicted as I do not fit into any of those categories. Well after 100,000 we should rethink that comment:)

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you my friend. We have a special category reserved for the 100,000 tweet people! ;-)

      • http://www.robertbcairns.com/ Rob Cairns

        lol and what is that?

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    Thank you Rob!! Glad you enjoyed the article! You beat me by 15,238 tweets ;-) )

    • http://www.robertbcairns.com/ Rob Cairns

      Your welcome Misty. I just wish I have been around more lately that’s all

  • http://twitter.com/DianeFarr Diane Farr

    As an author, I’m just glad to see so many people reading. Even if they are reading 140 characters at a time.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you Diane. I guess that’s a start. ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/bronwynclee Bronwyn Clee

    Love it! “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know and not tweet the difference”

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Great quote Bronwyn. I love it and so true!!

  • Sokiy Lee

    I’m definitely addicted.

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Welcome to the club Sokiy. =))

  • Kazzl2011

    New to the twitter world and already addicted, love the fact that I can make connections to so many people that I would never have meet without twitter…..as you have mentioned in your blog + learning so many new things…connecting

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Good to hear and welcome to Twitter!! I totally agree about making connections through Twitter. It really opens up your world.

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    Yay, we are always happy to see more and more new peeps on Twitter enjoying the platform and connecting!! Twitter is not only fun but a great venue for learning!! =)

  • Anonymous

    LOLOLOL, I love #7! That is tooo funny, I always think of doing that, but never have to guts to. Next time, I’ll try it! :)

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you! True Twitter addicts tend to go into panic mode when Twitter is down and have to post a Facebook status telling everyone. It’s hilarious to watch. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/TobeyDeys Tobey Deys

    I’m much better now ;)
    such a fun read! Thanks to you both for this :) ))

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      YAY!! Thank you Tobey!!! We had a lot of fun writing it! =))

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    I love writing with Marty, he makes it so much fun!! Thank you Tobey!! =)

  • http://rockalmanac.com/ Rock Encyclopedia

    Don’t think I’m addicted quite yet, I can handle it and quit when I want haha ;-)

  • http://www.ann-tran.com/ Anntran_

    Me addicted to Twitter, not at all. What do you think Misty and Marty? ツ
    Great post!

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      ummm having tweeted with you for quite some time now, I think I can safely say that you are one of “us” haha!! Thank you Ann. We are blessed to know you and enjoy your tweets a lot! Keep rockin!!

  • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

    I’m with Misty on this one Ann. We are in great company as Twitter addicts and are truly blessed to know you!! =))

  • vnaval

    Am there almost! A newbie twitterite(?) tweep, whatever you may call! I am a committed one…love the connections, the information and the steady flow of so many ideas and news…it’s like holding the world in your hand… I am fascinated… thanks for the cute article:))

    • https://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You’re very welcome! =))