On Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 5:08 p.m., I logged my 10,000th Tweet. I'm not a compulsive-tell-you-my-every-move kind of Twitterer. I'm an entrepreneur who tweets to promote my company, services, and my clients. I also tweet to share information I feel is relevant, important, and sometimes amusing, but mostly, I'm all about "the biz." Fortunately, Smart College Visit is about connecting people and resources and Twitter is one of the ways I make this happen.
My intense period of high activity comes on Wednesdays when I host #CampusChat, a weekly Twitter chat on topics related to college-bound teens, college admissions and college life. During this week's chat, in just one hour, 36 active participants contributed 448 tweets to our conversation on first generation college students.
The day before my 10,000th tweet, Twitter, with its 140 million users, turned 6 and, according to an article on Forbes, Twitter users post more than 250 million tweets a day.
With the 140-character limit, 10,000 tweets equates to a maximum of 1,400,000 characters. A 40,000 word novel would have 180,000 characters with an average of 4.5 characters per word. 10,000 tweets, then, would equate to about 8 novels. I could have written 8 novels in the 2.5 years I've been tweeting as @collegevisit? Kind of mind-blowing – for now, I'll stick with tweeting, connecting, and growing my business.
Images credit: Special thanks to Jane Kudlow (@CvlKulow ), author of the Dr. StrangeCollege blog, for capturing my milestone tweet and sending it to me. Care to guess where I met Jane? 🙂
Z. Kelly Queijo is founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit and to read more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.