Hey guys! Welcome back to Claire Cre8tes where we believe in passing creativity on. And you know, a great place for creativity, is TWITTER! 😀
I’ve been around Twitter, since 2010. And although I only have 5,000 followers, which for nine years might not seem like a whole lot of followers … but to be honest, I didn’t join Twitter to gain tons and tons of followers. I joined Twitter because my friend @JetLBomb told me it was a great place to connect with writers, and connect to other people who love talking about writing and to share your ideas.
So I was like: “oh, that sounds awesome! And it’s free you say? Sign me up!” So I totally did!
Since 2010 there’s been TONS of userhandles I’ve had over the years because remember I said I was that friend who can’t make up her mind? Yeah, that applied to Twitter too! But for right now, and it looks like it’s here to stay; I’m @ClaireCret8es.
Even after all these years, I still LOVE Twitter! Seriously, it’s one of my fave things on the Internet!
Last year Twitter quietly rolled out an update on a feature called “mobile notifications”.
That means that if you go to somebody’s profile on your phone or desktop, and select the little bell (similar to the bell on YouTube); you can select “all notifications” or “video notifications”.
Honestly, I wish Twitter had more segments that you can choose what type of notifications you can choose from. To be honest, I’m not quite sure the usefulness of “video notifications”. If you have suggestions for the handiness of this feature, please share in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you use this feature and maybe change my mind that it’s actually a way cool feature to use.
But for now, as of the timing of this posting (April 25, 2019); you can only select those two notifications.
“All Notifications” is super useful because Twitter doesn’t make it easy to remember who you follow the most, who replies to you the most … that kind of thing. You have to go through a third party app to that. Same with Instagram. So it’s really frustrating to remember who you engage the most with. At least for me, who has a horrible memory with names. While I never forget a face, names are like very difficult for me to keep track of. As are dates.
But the notifications feature has been around since July 2018. And the question remains: is it useful or annoying to have the notifications enabled?
At first I was really excited for this feature. I plugged on ANYONE who talked about Doctor Who, I plugged on Gary Vee for some daily motivation, my fave Doctor Who account (one of my faves!) Women of Who, and Wendy, and others who constantly and brilliantly tweet about Doctor Who.
And for a while, it was GREAT!
I say for a while because as soon as Season 11 premiered in October, I totally freaked out because I was so paranoid about spoilers.
I was really concerned about spoilers, afraid that everything would be revealed before I had a chance to watch it. And I agree with River Song that spoilers are bad. I was especially paranoid of spoilers because I don’t have cable, and I don’t have BBC America. So I have to wait until the next day to buy the new episode on Amazon. And I truly was concerned that I’d have everything ruined for me. I didn’t want anything spoiled for me at all.
So I avoided checking news sites, I avoided checking Facebook and everything!
I was especially concerned with all the notifications that I had turned on a few months before the new season, especially since most of my Timeline is Doctor Who fans. I thought what am I going to do?
So what I did was turn off ALL notifications under the app setting of my iPhone. Because I couldn’t remember who I had turned on notifications. Like I said, I went crazy with the feature when it first came out because I thought it was great at first. And it was! But it’s not so great if you want to avoid spoilers of your fave TV show, lol.
I had to turn off the badges, I had to turn off the drop screen notifications, I turned them ALL off. So while Doctor Who was on, I wasn’t getting anyone’s Tweets at all. It was a strange feeling.
But you know what I realized?
It was kind of nice! *exhale deep, zen breath*
It was ALMOST serene. Almost, because you know, social media is still always noisy.
But yeah, it still felt like kinda a nice break.
Since then, though, I have left OFF my Twitter notifications. It’s true.
To this day, I still don’t miss them! I know, I’m surprised too.
So are Twitter notifications “annoying”?
Welllllllllll … for ME they were because I didn’t want any spoilers of Doctor Who.
But if you’re not worried about spoilers or anything like that, they can be SUPER useful.
Think about it. During basketball season you can turn on notifications of all your teams! If you’re looking for a certain, let’s say news story like politics you can follow all your fave politicians. It can be super, SUPER useful.
However, you can also go a little overboard on the notifications without even realizing it like I did, lol!
So are they annoying though? Well, I recommend checking them out and giving them a try! That way you can see if it’s right for you for a little bit. I also recommend making some type of list of maybe your top five, ten, twenty of the people on Twitter you interact with the most on a regular basis. That way you remember their username if you decide to turn off notifications in the future.
It’s easy for the notifications to get overwhelming especially with how fast Twitter moves. It’s like when I go on Facebook, it feels super sluggish because I’m so used to Twitter!
It's easy for the notifications to get overwhelming especially with how fast Twitter moves. Click To Tweet
But in general, the notification bell is a great tool. It just can also be overwhelming. I still LOVE Twitter though, I have since 2010. While there have been years where I’ve not been on Twitter at all, I still go back to it regularly. The GIF’s are my fave part of Twitter! Finding the right gif to respond to a Tweet just feels like pure magic.
It’s a big fun platform, Twitter. So make sure you sign up if you haven’t already!
It can be a very scary place if you don’t like to be judged. So I recommend to stay out of the political section of Twitter if that’s not your thing! But there’s also AMAZING communities and people on board Twitter. It’s incredible!
Unfortunately, though, we’ve accepted a culture where it’s acceptable to be totally rude to someone you disagree with instead of trying to work together with them and seeing their point of view. I would totally love a culture shift where we work together despite our different political views. But sadly, I don’t see that happening any time soon. Just have to make an effort to be kind ourselves! Anyway, that could be a topic for another day.
I could seriously talk about Twitter all day.
In conclusion, I recommend to try Twitter notifications for a week and see how it suits you. If you feel like you’re going crazy with all the notifications (I recommend sound off), then go ahead and turn off the notification feature via the app setting. But if you find yourself loving it, it just might be the coolest feature of Twitter!
How do you stay organized on Twitter? Share in the comments and let’s chat!