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How Twitter Encourages Speed Amongst Users

Updated on April 18, 2013

Here, There, And Everywhere

Twitter is a fast-moving vehicle. The speed limit is not marked but I know it moves quickly. I am a passenger in the vehicle on a daily basis, posting tweets, the special name for Twitter messages, and following other users. The website designers are grouped behind the steering wheel.

The social media application is a fast-moving network in itself, continually evolving with updates and modifications. The speed that I refer to here in the speed required by the Twitter userto keep up with the action.

Twitter is the driver.
Twitter is the driver. | Source
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I Feed On The Feed

The Twitter electronic feed is continuous. Click the 'Home' icon at the top of the screen and wait a few seconds. A grouped message of the number of new Tweets arriving to the feed will soon appear.

New Tweets continue to enter the stream of words and users as my network furiously sends out messages within the 140 character maximum. The speed limit is likely increasing by the second.

Click a link of interest in the feed and be taken to a new window showing the article, photo, or other novelty item that caught my eye. Once read, get ready to try to merge back into the traffic of the feed. Put on the turn signal and strap on the seat-belt. The seat-belt, by the way, is optional but recommended for users.

My eyes dart to the stream, trying to find where I left it moments ago. Who originally sent the tweet that caught my eye and triggered me to click my mouse for the link? Catch up to the original post and I have found my starting position.

The skimming of tweets for valuable information is a speedy process for the mind, the eyes, and the finger on the pulse of the mouse beside the keyboard.

Darting Eyes.
Darting Eyes. | Source

The Eyes Have It

My eyes dart between the tweets, quickly reading through 'mentions' or tweets that include my user name. Once read, move to the new followers list. I make sure that each person has been analysed, within a matter of a few seconds, to see if I wish to follow back.

Do not forget to check the people that Twitter suggests are similar to my profile. These are people I am encouraged to add as followers that appear to the left side of my feed. Do so in between skimming the feed and choosing what to read. There is little time.

The visual stimuli is large and moving by the second. The result is the racing eyes of the user, followed by a racing mind.

The Heartbeat

My heartbeat quickens as I realize that, while responding to mentions and adding new followers, I have also received new tweets and direct messages. Given that many Twitter accounts have hundreds of followers, my own being no exception, this is a common occurrence.

The ping-pong action begins as I respond to tweets, keep up to date on followers, and check direct messages too. The process is fast and I lose track of time. I wonder if it is poor etiquette to not respond to someone's tweet or direct message within the day?

The person to whom I am tweeting is in a rush, there is not much time to give them the information. The 140 character limit makes the process difficult. I feel hurried.


Ping-pong action, a finger perched on the mouse button, and darting eyes are key features of much of the Twitter activity. Twitter is a fast-moving social media platform without a set speed limit.

Hold on and get ready for the ride. I don't think seat-belts are yet required. I'll sign out now and log back in tomorrow morning.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Gamerelated, welcome to the Twitter world! Your followers will increase with time as you engage with others. Be patient and have fun Tweeting people!

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      Gamerelated 5 years ago from California

      Hello ChristyWrites, I'm gonna be reading a lot about Twitter now that I just got an account today. Good work on this Hub. It does a great job of describing what Twitter is like or at least what it is like for people with more followers. I only have 3 followers right now, but at least I will know what it is like in the future when I get a lot of followers.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Ebower, Thanks for the compliment. I hope this helps all Twitter users.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I agree; twitter is a fast-paced social media and promotional tool. This hub is useful for beginners and those already tweeting. I voted this up and interesting!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Trsmd :) I am glad you learned information about Twitter like the website!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Doreen for the nice comment and for sharing my work as well!

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      Yes christy. I love twitter, and every hub whichnattracts me , I will surely share in twitter, and most of the hubs I read through twitter only. Thanks for sharing:)

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      DMartelonline 6 years ago

      Nice job Christy! Tweeted!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes Twitter provides a way to connect with people we likely would not otherwise meet. Thanks Lord for the positive comment and for stopping by my hub.

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      Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

      Great Article Christy,

      Twitter has been evolving from day one. It was designed to keep up with our fast path of life, and will continue to grow. Actually, it has beena great source for traffic and a way to meet colleagues. Thanks for wriitng this Hub!


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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think Twitter is a great tool for reaching people you could not normally connect with in a quick way. You have the ability to send Direct Messages which are like the private message feature of Facebook. You can also block people and make your electronic Twitter feed private to those people who do not follow you. I hope this information along with my hub will help you with your decision. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I am thinking about joining twitter but it sounds like from your hub that it calls for dedicated time and effort. Are there any privacy issues to be concerned about in posting messages? I am on Facebook and enjoy the ability to have only a select group of friends for this reason. Thanks for writing this hub. It gives me additional information to make a decision.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad I caught the emotion here effectively as you say Posh. Hehe we are hanging out in the same circles my friend. Thanks for the read, comment, and votes.

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      Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Christy, you do and think the same things as me about Twitter. It really is a good promotion tool and a great source of information. I love the interaction. We can and do meet up literally all over the place don't we. Great hub as usual.

      You get all my votes!