Following my post about editorial baiting by Twitter a few weeks ago, a few more stereotypes have sprung to mind, padding out the list to 20:
11. Twinfluencer. Thinks journalists will listen to them just because they are a self-professed influential person on Twitter. Digital equivalent of being a PR lass with big norks.
12. Twilliterate. Thinks random streams of consciousness will intrigue hacks, yet tweets make absolutely no sense to anyone. Please learn to write good English before using a computer.
13. Twardy. Always late to pick up on information and pass it on, yet thinks journalists will look kindly upon them just for making the effort. “Hey, seen this about an earthquake in Haiti?”.
14. Tweasure. As in ‘a little treasure’. Just tries to be cutesy and tweet about their commute, TV preferences, lunch and hair in the hope that hacks will find that attractive. Basically just does on Twitter what they do in the real world – flirt outrageously.
15. Twainee. Similar to the above, but uses naivity and “I’m new to Twitter” as excuses for writing silly things and blundering clumsily into conversations while batting digital eyelids.
16. Twy-hard. Thinks that retweeting reports and opinions on the influential power of Twitter and social media measurement will make them look like a guru and journalists will be glued to them because they’re oh-so-clever. Avoid.
17. Twagic. Far too eager to share personal information and mundane snippets of their daily lives in the hope of snaring journalists in conversation. Followed only for their amusement potential.
18. Twoddler. As in ‘talks’ nothing but twoddle. Feels compelled to jump into every conversation on Twitter that catches their eye and is not shy about proffering opinion – much of which is both shallow and moronic.
19. Twirate. Angers easily. Sniffs around Twitter for any journalists voicing their distaste of a product, a place or a person, and then backs them up/further fuels their ire. Typically incapable of holding any other form of conversation.
20. Twinfrequent. Rarely tweets, but when they do, hacks should run for cover. Saves up tweets for a short blast every once in a while. Typically when they have a flimsy news ‘story’ that they need to ‘engage the media’ over.