How much find have you spent Tweeting? This is a question that I've seen a number of people ask recently as they approach various Twitter milestones, and it's an interesting question to ask. I have often found myself stealing time from work, play, and even family in order to send off a few Tweets. So, without talking about the various social implications of Tweeting at inopportune times, I thought it would be fun to look at how much time we could be using to send short messages rather than ... well ... everything else that we need to do during the day.
As of this post1, I have made 54,756 Tweets. A rather large portion of these Tweets, believe it or not, have been made on my iPod Touch. So, assuming that each Tweet requires a total of 3 seconds to write and send2, just how much time might I have used sending messages?
45 hours 37 minutes and 48 seconds ... and lord knows I've spent more than three seconds on a number of the longer Tweets to ensure they can fit in 140 characters.
But how about you? How much time might you have spent sending Tweets? Here's a simple little chart that might help answer the question:
- 1,000 Tweets - 50 minutes
- 5,000 Tweets - 4 hours 10 minutes
- 10,000 Tweets - 8 hours 20 minutes
- 25,000 Tweets - 20 hours 50 minutes
- 40,000 Tweets - 33 hours 20 minutes
- 50,000 Tweets - 41 hours 40 minutes
- 75,000 Tweets - 62 hours 30 minutes
- 100,000 Tweets - 83 hours 20 minutes
That's quite a bit of time Tweeting ... and it doesn't even attempt to take into account how much time is spent reading Tweets, following links from Tweets, reading conversations, and all the other things that we find ourselves doing with the service.
It's all good, though. When I compare my time on Twitter to my time on IRC, I can see that Twitter is far less disruptive to my social life.
How much time have you spent sending short messages?