I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently…the person hiding behind the tweet. I discovered Twitter nearly a year ago, and having spent years being bemused by the concept of people talking to complete strangers about nothing very much ….I find I quite like it.
I look at it once a day, in the morning, while I’m eating my marmite on toast. I follow a few comedians, some old colleagues, a couple of classic tweeters like Caitlin Moran and Stephen Fry and a handful of friends who I don’t get to see often enough. And I like Breaking News.
What has really begun to intrigue me is the character behind the tweet. Is it the case that most people use a peculiar version of their normal personality? What do you think? I ask because there are a few people I follow who I know pretty well and their Twitter personalities are entirely different from what I would consider their true selves.
I sort of understand this. When I was moved from school to school because of my father’s job, I embraced the opportunity to become a new person…wittier, cooler, more interesting in every way. The trouble was, all my efforts at creating a better version of myself fell by the wayside pretty quickly. It’s just so bloody exhausting, pretending all the time.
I suppose it’s much easier maintaining a phony character in little bursts of 140 characters. And of course no one can see your face.