I’ve seen a lot of information about how to use Twitter and what to say and not say on Twitter, but one thing I wish I’d had before I ever started tweeting was a guide to how not to let Twitter make you nuts. Here are some principles I find myself returning to again and again:
1. Someone is always celebrating a success, which is a very different thing from “everyone is constantly celebrating successes,” even if it sometimes feels the same. It will be your turn eventually.
2. There is enough to go around. Of everything. Especially, but not limited to, affection.
3. Even if you can’t see them, people are listening.
4. They can’t see you unless you tell them you’re there. They’re not leaving you out on purpose. (Ask and ye shall receive.)
5. Don’t compare your insides to their outsides. They are being their best selves. Also don’t compare their funniest to your right-this-second. Don’t compare at all.
6. It’s unusual to constantly “overhear” other people’s conversations, so if it occasionally makes you feel weird (in a slightly seventh-grade way), you’re normal.
7. Silence is silence. It carries no other information. Someone not talking or not talking to you is merely not talking or not talking to you, without malice or motive.
8. If you go on Twitter because you were feeling lonely (or bad in some other way), you are probably going to feel lonely (or bad in that same other way) on Twitter, too. It doesn’t mean you’re more lame than before you went on.
9. Sometimes when no one replies to a tweet you’ve posted, it’s because no one saw it, not because it was stupid. Sometimes, it’s because it was stupid, but statistically speaking, that’s going to happen eventually. You can’t sweat it.
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Tayber turns hooking up into an art form–no drama, no commitment, no lies, and nobody gets hurt. Nobody but Callie, that is. When she sees an opportunity to explore his sexier side using a fake online profile, she grabs it. Now her uninhibited alter-ego ‘Sasha’ is steaming up the screen, and Callie is breaking all of Tayber’s rules.
As Callie and Tayber get closer, online and off, she knows she has to confess. And risk losing him forever.
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