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Here’s how I’m marking my 100,00th tweet


Posted September 11, 2012 by Melissa Chang

As I write this, I’m approaching my 100,000th tweet. As many of you know, I tweet a lot, but that’s a pretty huge milestone, even for me. And you’re probably reading this, wondering, “How the hell do you reach 100,000 tweets in just four years?! What are you talking about?”

I tweet every day, and a good chunk of it is interacting with people I follow. There are also timed tweets to get my blog links out. There are photos of things I eat, people I see, bad drivers, amazing panoramas, and highlights of my destinations … to name a few. But all of these things I share are like second nature to me. As I come up on this milestone tweet, I find myself thinking, “How will I make this statement more meaningful than stuff I already talk about?”

Then I had to think: Whether you’re approaching your 100th tweet or 100,000th tweet, we should all try to make every statement count. Yes, there are times when you’re interacting with people, but even that is its own statement. Even when you @ reply someone, you’re recognizing them, showing that you care about more than just talking about yourself. In fact, whether we’re online or not, we should take a moment to see if we’re bringing meaning to someone else’s life — even in the smallest way.

Today is September 11. For thousands of people, this was their last day on earth, and most didn’t even get a chance to make a last statement to make their mark or address people they loved. Should we wait until our deathbed or our 100,000th tweet to say something meaningful?

I’m not saying we should stop being silly or stop ranting. (Wait, scratch that. I do want you to stop ranting.) And we should all keep sharing our lives and the world around us for others to enjoy. But think about what you say, online and offline, as if your next statement is your milestone tweet and make sure you have no regrets if you unexpectedly are silenced. What do you want people to remember?

Big mahalo to @DaniaKatz, @LeeHop, @NSSoapFactory, and @LivedInItaly, all who are making a donation to commemorate my 100,000th tweet. I’ll take the money, add to it, and split it between @CentralYMCA and @LanakilaPacific.

And a big mahalo to all my followers, for putting up with so many tweets!

 

Comments


You can read all of Melissa’s blogs at www.nonstophonolulu.com/UrbanMixPlate. Follow Melissa on Twitter @Melissa808, on Foursquare as Melissa808, or email at Melissa@nonstophonolulu.com.

  1. M
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Hello Melissa!
    Congrats! Keep on tweeting!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

     @M thank you!

  3. Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    You have a Twitter account of your own? Since when?

  4. randi808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    “take a moment to see if we’re bringing meaning to someone else’s life — even in the smallest way.” Heart of gold. Thanks and again, congrats, Melissa! :)

  5. randi808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

     @ParkRat Lol, you two.

  6. FunHIguy
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

     @Melissa808 100,000 tweets! Wow, Congratulations, I guess you do have something to say, lol
     

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    omedetoo! 100,000 in 4 yrs = 25,000/yr = 2,083/mo = 520/wk = 74.4/day. that’s v voluble.

  8. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

     @ParkRat yew bastid

  9. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

     @randi808 aw thanks!

  10. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

     @FunHIguy thanks! Um I think!

  11. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

     @nonstopmari haha thanks. I think for a while I was averaging 100 tweets a day (depends what’s going on). And remember….that’s just for my personal twitter.

  12. cai_mommy
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Sheesh! I was all excited when I hit 17,000. Show off! :-p  PS: You have some really great looking people featured in your blog. I shall retweet religiously. 

  13. Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Way to go!

  14. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

     @strobie thank you!

  15. Melissa808
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

     @cai_mommy you buggah!

  16. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Delicate Blossom:  Sorry for the late reply…as you know I don’t Twitter, so didn’t get the Tweet!  LOL

  17. Melissa808
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

     @Annoddah_Dave haha time to jump on the bandwagon!

  18. konaish
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Congrats on your 100,000th! You’re the best tweeter because you always take the time to @ reply, and so quickly, too!  You put the ‘social’ in social media.  See you on twitter :)

  19. Melissa808
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

     @konaish thank you!!!

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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