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We who are about to tweet: @dogsdoingthings.

July 7, 2011 \pm\31 5:11 pm

[In which we find out the Twitter philosophies of my most beloved follows.]

Twitter username: @dogsdoingthings
Real name: [unknown]
Recent memorable tweet: “Dogs whispering into a mirror, ‘Dark have been my dreams of late,’ and collapsing into a pile of empty vodka bottles.”

How often do you tweet? Do you limit yourself to a number of tweets per day, or to a certain time of day? Any other OCD-like tweeting tendencies?

We tweet when we are awake, typically about ten times per day. Fewer on weekends because we are with loved ones then, and if we were too frequently to plead, “Oh ho ho, excuse me, it would be amusing to propose dogs doing such-and-such a thing, so I’m going to ‘tweet’ now,” it would be alienating and, let’s face it, basically inexplicable.

(We also have an OCD-like tendency to refer to ourselves in the first person plural because two of us write the feed.)

What is your ‘follow’ philosophy? Do you follow everyone who follows you? Do you follow celebrities, lit mags, ex-boyfriends?

There are some lovely people we follow diligently. Occasionally, one of those people recommends a feed and we begin following it diligently as well. If someone produces meaning, or conveys insight, or does interesting things with words in the allotted space, we are happy to follow. It is at once a low and a high bar.

What is your @ philosophy? Do you tweet people back, engage in ‘chit chat,’ become annoyed when others do?

We do not @ chat. It pleases and amuses us to see others @ chatting, though.

What is your #hashtag philosophy?

Hashtagging (is that what it’s called?) can be interesting. It’s yet another one of Twitter’s famous constraints, but optional and enabling at the level of content. It produces, theoretically, a smoother piece of group writing than your standard timeline. Anyway, we don’t use hashtags.

Do you obsess about number of: followers / retweets / favorites / unfollows / other?

If a tweet does not receive a certain number of favorites, we must assess whether something went awry. Usually it is nothing, but sometimes it is something. Favorites or lack thereof do not often move us to alter future content–at least, not consciously. In fact, the tweet of ours which garnered the most favorites is arguably the most uncharacteristic. It was put up (it can now be revealed!) only to test different Twitter software than we had been using. We think about favorites numbers mostly to marvel at the unpredictable variability.

How do you think you come across to your followers? How would you like to come across?

We have received compliments from some very nice people, for which we are very grateful. Sometimes the feed gets enthusiastic recommendations along with the caveat that it is unclear what DDT means, if anything. (We sympathize.) In general, we probably come across as occasionally obscurantist weirdos who are inclined to be plain goofy, which is just fine with us. Of course, for all we know, there is a great silent majority of Twitter users which has blocked our account.

What do you want people to remember about your Twitter account?

Between your mind and your mouth, there are dogs doing things. You can also find dogs doing lists fortnightly here.

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