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We who are about to tweet: @beoliu.

July 9, 2011 \pm\31 1:55 pm

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

Twitter username: @beoliu
Real name: Brian Oliu
Recent memorable tweet: “OMG IN DISNEYWORLD”

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?

I tweet all of the time.  I received a smart phone for Christmas and I’m not entirely sure as to how I existed without one for so long. I’m one of those people who is constantly connected to the Internet at all times–if I am at home, I have my laptop in front of me.  Some days I tweet more than others, but I’m not overly conscious of how much I tweet.  I’m sure that there are plenty of my followers who are completely lost when I decide to check in with random observations about basketball or professional wrestling, but I like to think that it just adds to my ‘twitter charm’.

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

I follow pretty much everyone who follows me, with the exception of the obvious spam bots of course (although their little photos are usually so hot! it’s really a shame.  sometimes I like to think that I’m that famous to have porn-hot chicks follow me on twitter, but my hopes are often dashed when all they tweet are suspicious bit.ly links).  I mostly like to follow friends and fellow authors, as well as a few litmags, some blogs/people who write for blogs, and some local news folks.  I use the search tool a lot to find information about things that I wouldn’t necessarily ‘follow’ someone for.  I follow a few random celebrities and athletes.  My highlight of my Twitter career is one time Alison Brie tweeted me back.  My ex-girlfriends are all terrible at the Internet which is something I am incredibly thankful for.

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

Love the @.  Love tweeting people back, love chitchatting, love all of it.  Totally not annoyed at all–it’s like anything else:  if there are two people I like having a conversation, I’d kind of like to eavesdrop in on that conversation.  I think people know well enough not to say anything too awful or private to one another, so it’s like some fun dinner party.

What is your #hashtag philosophy?

The hashtag stuff is pretty hilarious.  I get bored/distracted easily so I do like to have fun with the hashtags:  if they’re trending or if they’re circling around some of the twitter circles.  I spent a good hour coming up with #fakedraketweets and #nbaliterature.  The stuff that trends fascinates me:  #signsuasidechick is trending right now. I didn’t know people still watched the VMAs, but goodness, when it’s VMA season, it dominates twitter.  The hashtag followed by something random is always funny to me as well.  By doing that it’s like saying ‘hey! it’s a thing! it’s a hashtag’, when it obviously isn’t.  Sal Pane & I used #ducktalesmoonlevel the other day.  No one uses that.

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

I learned a long time ago that I can’t obsess about things that happen on the Internet, whether that’s retweets or unfollows on Twitter or ‘likes’ or ‘sharing’ on Facebook.  Same thing with blog hits and search terms and all of that.  That will drive you crazy.  Absolutely mad.  I’ll always check ‘followers’ because I like seeing if I have new folks following me, because, hey, new friends!

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

I’m pretty open.  And goofy.  The best way I can describe my relationship to Twitter is that I was an only child growing up.  I was a clever and funny one too!  But I was shy and picked on as a kid, so you never really got to have your voice heard.  So I wrote a lot:  in diaries, poems, short stories, secret WordPerfect files, etc.  I even used to put post-its on my shirt and walk around with them:  they’d have little sayings on them and people would have to come up to me and read them.  I was a big fan of using the dry-erase board on my dorm room door, filling it with quips and quotes.  I made AIM Away Messages an art.  That’s kind of the genius of the Internet:  to be able to say those things and have an audience, but to also not really have to think about the audience.  I think the trick to Twitter is to instead of saying ‘I’m at the bar, this is crazy!’ to say ‘At bar.  Girl just tried to lick the pool table.’ as it promotes some sort of discussion and some element of uniqueness.

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

My twitter account is like ‘Brian Oliu: Director’s Cut’.  You get a lot of bonus features that are total garbage, but every once in a while there’s something that makes everything cooler.

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