What Women Do with Twitter

BlogHer Original Post

What are we doing with Twitter? And what are we saying about Twitter? Twitter's big, but what does big mean to your everyday online life?

This article by Aaron Lee, 50 Most ReTweeted Twitter Users of All Time contains four users who are obviously women. There are some non-gender-specific user names in the list, so the fraction may be slightly more than 4/50. But still. It makes you wonder why women aren't being re-tweeted with the frequency men are. I turned to the blogosphere to see what women are doing with Twitter—not on Twitter, but in their blogs.

Identifying

Find me. Follow me. I'm on Twitter. Most people, like Crissy Herron are happy to tell you how to find them on Twitter.

If you blog and you are on Twitter, chances are that somewhere in the sidebar of your blog, there is a link to your Twitter account and perhaps a few recent tweets. apophenia's sidebar has a very discreet mention of Twitter, while contentious carries a colorful Twitter badge. Women are definitely identifying themselves as Twitter users and inviting others to follow them. To follow, perhaps to re-tweet.

Sharing

Spreading around the helpful link via Twitter is also a frequent activity. At Musings of a Mobile Marketer you can learn about Ada Lovelace Day. As part of that informative article, you get the link to @FindingAda on Twitter.

Fake Plastic Fish tells you about learning something useful from a Twitter #ecowed discussion in Ice Pack, Heating Pad, Rice Sock.

News women can use comes from Twitter.

Explaining

Many bloggers, myself included, have devoted writing time to teaching others about Twitter.

Wired Pen took a historical view of phishing and included the latest news from Twitter in her article Phishing: From AOL to Twitter (and points in-between).

Chaos to Clarity will help you learn to use Twitter hashtags with 5 Lucky Links: Twitter Hashtags.

Contextualizing

Making meaning of the whole Twitter phenomena is always a topic of interest. At Tech for Luddites, for example, you can read One Year Later: NOW Are You a Twit If You Still Don't Tweet?

Interviewing the movers and shakers around the topic of Twitter is part of contextualizing it. At Accessible Insights Blog you can learn about the beta version of Accessible Twitter in A word with the accessible Dennis Lembree on Accessible Twitter.

Re-tweeting

This article began with a reference to re-tweeting. Along with all the talking about Twitter that women are doing, what about the use they make of Twitter itself. Are women spreading the love by re-tweeting other women? Many are and do. Should women make an effort to increase their re-tweets?

In the past five years, BlogHer effectively answered the question about where the women bloggers are. Maybe its time for women bloggers to make a conscious effort to help let the world know where the women tweeters are.

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Virginia DeBolt
BlogHer Contributing Editor|Web Teacher|First 50 Words


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