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10 Signs You’re Addicted To Twitter

“My name is @garyr0binson and I’m a Twitterholic”

Okay, maybe not, but you have to admit, it can get very addictive. Who hasn’t found themselves saying to someone “be with you in a minute, just need to check something first…”?

C’mon, @leeodden, @yoast, @the_gman or @scobleizer or @avinashkaushik might have just tweeted something I need to know right now.

Now obviously I’m not saying the following signs are all from my own symptoms, but let’s just say I would score pretty highly if we checked.

Let me know of any others you have experienced, so we can draw up an early warning checklist for those that can still be saved.

The Top 10 Signs

1. You have to close the browser on your Twitter page and turn off your apps as it becomes apparent you have done no work for three days

2. You install Twitterfon (or similar) on your phone, because two days over a weekend is a long time not to check what’s being said

3. You refresh your browser 30 minutes after last checking to see if your follower count has gone up

4. You feel disappointed if others don’t know what you’re talking about when you mention the tweet you wrote at 11.48 p.m. last night with the link to the great article you found

5. You wonder whether you should create an account for your 18 month old child as his (i.e. your) preferred username is still available

6. You start trying to build cool uses for Twitter in your business and become immune to the rolling eyes at the mention of the ‘T-word’

7. You attempt to convince Tech Support to give you full administrator rights to install Tweetdeck, as it’s “an essential part of my role, to understand emerging technologies”.

8. You have at least one, possibly two, of the following URL shortening services listed in your favourites  – TinyURL,, MemURL or Snurl

9. You ponder the merits of each URL shortening service, including counting aloud the characters in test URLs to see how you can save an extra digit in your use of 140 characters

10. You can use the word ‘tweet’ in a sentence with non-Twitterers without any hesitation or embarrassment

And I’m sure there are many, many more. But at least it keeps us off Facebook, eh? You’re still doing that? Man, you’ve got it bad…

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