A (not so) Typical Day on Twitter Told in GIFs

Posted by on 23rd, May, 2014

If you’re a regular Twitter user like me, you’ll have no doubt expressed several emotions in reaction to other people’s Twitter behaviours, which got me wondering whether or not fellow Tweeters were thinking and reacting in the same way that I was when it came to Twitter spam/gold etc. With the thought fresh in my mind, I set out to ask a few communities on Google+ and LinkedIn about what behaviours people found the most annoying, pleasing and surprising on Twitter. Here is the result!

A big thanks to the following people who took the time to answer, enabling me to put together this fairytale story:  Ingenious BritainDennis Brown, David at justDAJBen O’hanlonSteve HillJackson SalzmanChris HomerSteven Wislon, Dolphin Computers, Anand Pajpani and David Prochaska. I also want to give a special mention to Chris Dyson who inspired me to tell this story in GIF format with his comical ‘The Link Building Process in GIF Form’ post.

7:30am: You wake up, launch the mobile Twitter app and see 3 notifications…

 

excited confused gif

 

Notification #1: A tweet from @iamspam9 with just your twitter handle and a suspicious looking link

 

sceptical sloth

 

Notification #2: @IFollowEvery1 and 6 others followed you

 

geek clapping happy

 

You check out @IFollowEvery1 and see that you are followed person #487,898… and he’s a #TwitterExpert

 

disbelief at screen

 

Notification #3: A friend discovers the new photo tagging feature and tags you in a photo from Saturday night

 

disgusted by picture

 

Notifications checked, you switch to your timeline and see that @PhatDesignz has, “Gained 45 new followers in the past day. I’m growing my account the right way, are you? http://www.justunfollow.com

 

do you want a medal gordon ramsay

 

Feeling unimpressed thus far, spoof account @Queen_UK tweets: “Don’t worry about voting for the UK, Europe. Just give us a call when you need us to pop over and sort out a war or something #Eurovision

 

star treck rofl

 

Now in a more jubilant mood you tweet: “U2 – It’s a Beautiful Day #NowPlaying” and set off to work

 

borat dancing

 

12:00pm: You reopen Twitter at your desk. Just 1 notification: @AnimalNameMarketing and 3 others followed you

 

happy to disappointing

 

Feeling good-natured you follow @AnimalNameMarketing back and 5 minutes later you receive a DM: “Thank you for following. Gives us a like on Facebook and we will be happy. www.facebook.com/AnimalMarketing

 

punch in the face

 

After un-following @AnimalNameMarketing you check out your timeline and see a tweet from @PR_Ken: “#New #Blog #Post – This week’s ‘What you missed in #socialmedia #marketing #PR’ – http://pr.mp/1ojITom #hotoffthepress #lunchtimereading

 

seriously

 

In the meantime, 2 new notifications and 1 DM drop in…

Notification #1: Out of nowhere, an industry peer tweets an old blog post of yours with an unsolicited compliment

 

mask thanks

 

Notification #2: @BobbyLolz85 – The unpopular kid from high school follows you

 

oh for f**k sake david brent

 

DM: @SteveTwit uses TrueTwit validation service. To validate click here: truetwit.com/vy15lpjk

 

what why

 

12:20pm: Realising you only have 1 hour to complete your latest blog post, you cut lunch short whilst tweeting: “The Prodigy – Smack my B***h up #NowPlaying

1:15pm: You publish and tweet your latest blog post: “A (not so) Typical Day on Twitter Told in GIFs http://bit.ly/1vRsbRA #SocialMedia

1:18pm:Nobody’s retweeted it…

 

sweating cinemgraph

 

1:21pm: Still no retweet…

 

really sweating

 

1:24pm: Finally, it’s retweeted!

 

sad then happy baby

 

Only to realise they have 2 followers…

 

angry sweat

 

 1:25pm: To pass a little time and wait for the retweets to flood in you head back to your timeline…

@SocialSally cross promotes a Facebook post to Twitter: “Join us today at noon EST/4 p.m. GMT for the social media marketing masterclass May 2014. Call in toll-free at… http://fb.me/17dZTk5Mk”

bewlidered kid

 

In the space of 5 minutes, @Tech_Newz_Digital tweets:

“[TECH] A little bit of News, keeping you in the loop. It’s what we do! #TopStories #News Apple’s Beats Deal http://ift.tt/1kw22iq” 

“[TECH] A little bit of News, keeping you in the loop. It’s what we do! #TopStories #News Apple’s Beats Deal http://ift.tt/1kw22iq” 

“[TECH] A little bit of News, keeping you in the loop. It’s what we do! #TopStories #News Apple’s Beats Deal http://ift.tt/1kw22iq” 

“[TECH] A little bit of News, keeping you in the loop. It’s what we do! #TopStories #News Apple’s Beats Deal http://ift.tt/1kw22iq” 

 

Matthew-Horne-Is-Disappointed-Reaction-Gif

 

3 new notifications…

Notification #1: @ILike2Fave auto-favourites your new blog post because it contains “#SocialMedia

 

eye roll head back

 

Notification #2: @Biz_Grow includes you in a #FF along with 8 others

 

face palm 2

 

Notification #3: @Biz (Biz Stone) the Co-founder of Twitter.inc retweets your post to 2.15 million followers!

 

happy cheek shaking

 

2:00pm – 10:00pm: You sit back and relax, watching your post go viral

 

barack chilling with cigarette

 

10:00pm: 2,103 notifications later…

 

falling asleep falling over

 

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Anthony Mcloughlin

Posted By Anthony Mcloughlin

Anthony is a key member of the digital team at Tone, helping dig deep into stats to further understand user behaviours. Follow him on Twitter @anthony_mac85 and on Google+

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  • Dennis, ListsUK

    What a bloody excellent job of capturing my day in social media! You had me at 7.30 AM… (uhm, not sure that sounds right…) and I laughed all the way through.

    My blog post of the month – good job, Anthony.

    • http://www.tone.co.uk/ Anthony

      Very happy that you liked it Dennis! Makes me proud to have made your blog post of the month :) Thanks for taking the time to share and comment – appreciate it!

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