I’m not an early adopter. I still watch “Poldark” (the original series) on videotape. I do not have a smartphone or anything beginning with an i, and I drive a 26-year old car. And so I was always going to be late to the Twitter party. Indeed, I wouldn’t have bothered putting on my glad-rags and going at all, except that I am self-publishing my first novel next month and everyone in the fiction self-publishing world says that tweeting is essential. So I’m giving it a go.
I had a brief flirtation with the pointless babble updates I used to mock; my very first tweet (which happened to be true but was still inane) was this: “Overheard today in local sports shop: We can tell your mum we bought a new cricket bat, but we can’t tell her it cost £110.” And then I realised that I couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm for continuing with that caper, and moreover I couldn’t see how this would help me attract readers for a book on financial crime in 1824. So I had an epiphany and have decided to use Twitter simply to complement my other AML/financial crime activities: if I come across an interesting snippet of AML/financial crime news, I shall retweet it (get me with the lingo). So if you’re at all twittery yourself, you can now get even more me, @susangrossey. (Is that how you give your Twitter-ness? Those of you who know, will know.)