This morning, I noticed that I sent my 19,000th tweet, which is honestly an absurd number when I think about it. Nineteen thousand tweets, in just over a year on Twitter? Seriously? What the hell have I been blabbering (and probably annoying people) about?
How much time have I spent “writing” on Twitter that perhaps could have been used more wisely? Let’s break it down (for my own rationalization, of course).
• I first became “active” on Twitter in January 2011; call it 14 months ago.
• According to the Oxford University Press, the average tweet is 14.98 words (call it 15).
• According to Publisher’s Weekly, the average (median, actually) length of a novel is around 65,000 words.
• I’ll estimate that 20% of my tweets are RTs, not original content.
19,000 tweets x 80% (original tweets) = 15,200 tweets
15,200 x 15 (average word count of tweet) = 228,000 words
228,000 / 65,000 (median novel length) = 3.5 novels
Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion* that I could have written three and a half additional novels in the 14 months I’ve been tweeting, by simply replacing tweets with sentences in a story.
I’ll never tweet again. Right after this one. Oh, and this one. And of course the kitteh one. And…
* OK, it’s not really a conclusion…just a bizarre comparison I thought of before my coffee hit.