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My 12 Days of Christmas Tweeters Message

I have done it again.  I bought the cards, I wrote them. I even addressed them. They are still sat in a pile in my kitchen and I have missed the last day for 1st class post in time for Christmas.  I also found the pile of last years cards, addressed and non-stamped in a bag of wrapping things last night.  I am so bad.

So instead of e-greetings, which I hate, I have decided to do a virtual message of Christmas cheer to those online buddies who if it were *real-world* (and I wasn’t a rubbish correspondent) I would be exchanging cards and some 12 days of Christmas presents with…


On the first day of christmas my Partridge in a Pear Tree  present goes to the fabulous and gorgeous @PeacockPete – it’s the closest I could get to a peacock,  Amazon were out of them, but with a bit of glue and some coloured feathers no-one will know the difference.  My wish is also to see each other in 2012! Have a wonderful Christmas gorgeous.



On the second day of Christmas my Two turtle doves present goes to @MrStu69 – you know why and it couldn’t be a nicer, more perfect gift for a lovely chap.  He has one major fault, that being the team he follows, but as I am a very generous person, I have given him the benefit of the doubt and like him anyway.  Plus the fact he lets me beat him at Words with Friends regularly. Have a great christmas Mr Stu.




On the third day of Christmas my Three French Hens present goes to the lovely @RaeMck – one of the few online pals I know IRL and used to work with way back before my twitter life.  She is kind and funny and sometimes very direct, I love her when she ‘says it like it is’.  I read her Coop and the Gang blog about her lovely chooks in preparation for when I get some in 2012 when I move *hopefully*.  Have a fabulous christmas Rach, I chose the Three French Hens as you have three and maybe in their family tree there is some French breeding way back? x


On the fourth day of Christmas my Calling (or Colly) Birds present goes to @CaptainFlashman who will need the birds to keep in contact with all his twitter chums and family when he starts his new exciting role in the New Year in Europe. He did tell me where, but I would have to kill you if I told you.  He leaves Winchester and that means my moans about the direness of the A34 Hell Road will be a solo past-time from now on. Sad times. He also needs a few good wishes as he is a Blackburn fan, poor guy.  Enjoy your time oop North with the lads 🙂


On the fifth day of Christmas my Five Gold Rings present goes to @saarflondonbird as a token of five bits of good things that are going to happen in 2012! Or five rings that she happens to be given by five rugby playing hunks?  She is a feisty and lovely bird who deserves all those and more 😉 Hope you have a fab Christmas and a stunningly good new year!


On the sixth day of Christmas my Geese-a-laying present goes to @demererabird for feathering her lovely nest (aka SVH).  She can use the eggs to bake her lovely Lemon Drizzle cake and more for a cake sale that I can contribute funds to her planned expedition this coming year Everest Base Camp. She’s a lovely local tweep who I really should meet this year 🙂 Hope all goes well and have a wonderful christmas 🙂




On the seventh day of Christmas my Swans-a-Swimming present goes to  @RockChickGill who is the most elegant and lovely lady gliding through my twitter feed. She is also protected by the Queen 🙂  Hope you have a happy christmas Gill and thank you for being so lovely.  2012 is definitely our time to meet – see you at the Boat Race for an Oxford v Cambridge drinking date?



On the eighth day of Christmas my Maids-a-Milking present goes to @NateFitzgerald – the maids can provide him with lots of free milk to help with the catering requirements for his Christmas guests, ample Christmas milk and cream for Linus. Also the odds are that one of the maids with the dairy supplies will pass Mrs Donaldson’s approval and may become more than a milking maid to Nate in 2012.  Keep on writing. I love it and read it, even when I don’t comment. I hope you are feeling a bit better and have a successful 2012 x



On the ninth day of Christmas my Ladies Dancing present goes to the feisty and funny @gillian_b and @nicnicus who always make me laugh and their bickering is something to behold. Gillian is also known to dance in  the office (if she’s there alone). Hope you gals had a fab time in NYC and have a great Christmas and very happy new year.  Thanks for the entertainment 🙂



On the tenth day of Christmas my Lords-a-Leaping present goes to @KingofAnkh  whose late night twitter DJ sessions are funny – especially if he has been at the wine. A clever boy who loves University Challenge and is a music and film geek too. Lords was the closest I could get to royalty with my Christmas shopping. Have a god Christmas x



On the eleventh day of Christmas my Pipers Piping present goes to the fabulously talented baker girl @HairyMcFairy wishing her ten pipers to help her in her piping for all those wonderful cakes and cup-cakes she bakes. I am campaigning for her to be on the Great British Bake Off in 2012, so join me. Have a wonderful Christmas Annie x



On the twelfth day of Christmas my 12 Tweeters Tweeting wish goes to 12 of my other regular tweeters as they keep up a steady rhythm in my feed. Thank you all for some entertaining tweetage this year 🙂 @CateColes, @rutthenut, @_andythehat, @andrewlindsay, @eleanorc, @snowgirl72 and @thorn_waite, @ValiBG, @Jake_in_notts, @nigel_richards, @Nigel_Morgan and @cooda.

A tenuous post, but full of Christmas cheer!

A very merry Christmas to all.

Sometimes the tweeters make their own news

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One of the reasons I like love Twitter so much is having the latest and breaking news at your fingertips.  It’s the place where you first hear who has died, where war is breaking out, or where and when terrible natural disasters happen, (good news can be found too).

But,  as with all un-moderated platforms, there is a high chance that some tweeters get it wrong, or some readers read it wrong.  I read today about the fashionista in London, who tweeted about a fashion shoot, for it to be miscontrued by a follower or two as an *actual* shooting in Oxford Street. Ripples of twitter-tattle eminated through the internet, for the poor girl to have to dispel the gossip and insist it was shooting with a camera of a zero-sized model outside topshop.

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8 things I hate about business tweeting

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Aside from my personal tweeting, I am the resident Tweeter at my place of work. (Sounds a bit DJ’ish huh? – its not.) Work tweeting and personal tweeting are polar opposites – apart from my outgoing, funny, friendly persona seeping into my work tweets (naturalement). And yes, using Tweetdeck has *almost* landed me in deep trouble a couple of times. *cringes*

I tweet for a professional service business (not a euphemism) and of course I have set myself some guidelines, or rules if you wish.

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Tweets Sweet and Sour

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I have thinking about what I like and dislike about Twitter.

I started tweeting in earnest in October 2009, and in that time I have attracted 600 followers, have chosen to stalk follow over 550 tweeters and have tweeted over 10,500 inane musings.

Predictably, I began my twitter life with the immortal tweet…. ‘Trying to work out what this is all about…’ Oh, what a sad newbie I once was! *laughs with a gay tinkle*  But even more sadly, I don’t think my tweets have become any more interesting after 10k plus practises!

I recently thanked/mentioned @mediocre_mum for her help in ‘getting me launched’ by introducing me to some of her lovely followers, at the stage that we tweeted, I really was clueless and follower/followee poor. Which really makes Twitter kinda pointless.  As I have said before Twitter is all about WHO YOU FOLLOW.

I can’t really explain why I follow who I follow.  What I do know is, that among the hundreds I do follow, none of the über followed Twitter-Super-Stars are followed by me.  Ashton, Demi, Oprah, Britney et al.  All those with mega followings – even the British Twitter King, Stephen Fry, are not followed by me.  Again, I don’t know why, but following the masses per se never appeals to me. In fact it deters me. I don’t have anything against these celebs, I do follow some celeb tweeters,  but they tend to tweet as normally as Joe Public and indeed engage with mere mortals as well as their fellow celebs.  The informative @mashable is the most greatly followed tweet account that I follow – and that’s purely because of content and not Pete Cashmore (although I am sure that he is a lovely bloke.)

I love Twitter for a number of reasons;

  1. You can make new friends and meet people – I have new genuine friendships and have had ‘real-life’ meetings with people I have met through Twitter. I have met more people locally, than I would have done, connected with people internationally and have also been roped in to raise money for charity and take part in the Moonwalk this year with a twitter friend and her family.
  2. It is a genuinely amazing feed of information, breaking news, goss, footie scores and advice from fellow tweeters, news feeds and companies. I can’t total the times that I have heard breaking news through Twitter before the conventional methods. Sometimes its a bit off-beat, but a few searches normally either confirms or dispels the early tweet breaks.
  3. Watching a favourite TV programme with twitter in hand can make me belly laugh.  Mass observations, shared reactions and downright catty comments make it a must for many of my fave programmes.  Like having your mates round to watch it, without having to get dressed or make them drinks. (by dressed, I mean presentable not *actually* dressed, I do wear clothes watching tv on the sofa).
  4. It fills boring downtime – waiting for the train, long journeys, lunch breaks or simply laying in bed/bath.
  5. Your follower/friends can offer a smile, support and sympathy when you have had a crap day, or have something you are excited about to share.
  6. Great advice/help from people who *know* things – we went to Brighton for the day and I tweeted about some places that are ‘must-do’s’ on the way down in the car. By the time I had arrived, we had a planned itinerary and locally recommended dining venues from @nikkib, who I had not tweeted with before. The Thai restaurant was fab.
  7. I have won prizes through Twitter too!  Not only a t-shirt from the amazing @chasingvegas, but also over £200 worth of racing tickets and cocktails from Mahiki Nightclub at @NewburyRaces! Definitely appreciated!
  8. There are no annoying kids on Twitter! Yey! They are wrapped up with Facebook and MSN and long may it continue!
  9. I love Twitter because it’s not Facebook – none of those crappy Farmville, ‘populate my goldfish tank’ crappy games and shitty quizzes, thank the lord.  FB has one good use – sharing photos with children, and other strange people who don’t ‘get’ Twitter or Flickr.
  10. It reinforces my theory that people are funny.  There are a lot of genuinely funny, grumpy and caustic people out there that are amazingly witty. I love them.
  11. That there is an UNFOLLOW button and a BLOCK button. Simples.
  12. That its relaxed, you don’t have to get back to people in a certain time limit – it’s strictly when you’re on, you’re on…

Me and Lady P at the Twitter Mahiki Winners Races

In comparison, the things I don’t like about Twitter are less in number and matter even less;

  1. Tweeters who tweet the same old, everyday, every week, same old moans, groans. Yeah we get it.  I don’t mean the odd ‘off’ day or rant against something that has annoyed – it’s the same old moan about the same old thing that drives me to hit ‘Unfollow’
  2. Diva strop and attention seeking ‘no-one is talking to me, I’m misunderstood, I might as well leave…’ = *pushes button* UNFOLLOW
  3. I love a good debate, but when people get spiteful and nasty,  ‘PUSH THE BUTTON’ – It’s ONLY Twitter!
  4. How addicted I am – it’s truly ridiculous.
  5. How it is IMPOSSIBLE to describe why I do it and why I love it. Bloody impossible.

So in a nutshell, I loves Twitter, I truly do. There are some great tweeters I admire and some genuinely funny and unique tweet accounts that make me laugh out loud… most of them I have listed under imaginatively named lists such as ‘Make Me Laugh’ and ‘Worth a Follow’

I’m @emmersimms – if you’re not tweeting then don’t worry about it, if you are and we’re not following mutually then please drop by. (but leave the diva fits and moans at the login).

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