The first tweets of top wine experts
Does the word tweet make you a) listen intently for the sound of birdsong? b) run for cover – what is all that hashtag nonsense anyway? c) realise you haven’t checked your twitter feed for the last five minutes and break out in a cold sweat?
For those of us in the third category it’s often hard to remember how alien it all was when we dipped our toe in the ‘twittersphere’. Little did I know, when I sent my first tweet, that I would forge real friendships around the world, meet people in real life via Twitter which has led to amazing opportunities in business and leisure, and have the most cutting edge information, on topics I hold dear, at my fingertips.
One thing is certain, 140 characters is awfully revealing. The brevity of the message seems to intensify the message. While people may try to portray a certain face to the world, the real person seeps through. You can now find the first tweet of any user and I was interested to see what some people in wine had to say for their first message. It’s very enlightening:
Firstly, the revered Jancis Robinson who is as eloquent and understated as always:
Hi there. It's strange to be someone who publishes thousands of words a week yet is feeling so nervous about writing my first tweet.
— Jancis Robinson (@JancisRobinson) May 10, 2009
One of my favourite ‘down to earth’ writers gets straight into the wine with an unpretentious food match.
Great rosé Spanish Cava : Elyssia by #Freixenet. Mostly Pinot Noir. Surprisingly dry and elegant; great with ham!
— Jameson Fink (@jamesonfink) April 7, 2010
Given the stratospheric heights that Joe Roberts has attained and his absolutely brilliant wine reviews on Twitter (read some here), this is touchingly candid…
learning how to use twitter… and still not really getting it…
— Joe Roberts (@1WineDude) December 15, 2007
Tim Atkin muscles straight in with self-promotion (breaking Twitter golden rule number one)…
But this is nothing on Jay McInerney’s…
Looking forward to Rufus Wainwright concert at our house on Friday!
— Jay McInerney (@JayMcInerney) May 23, 2011
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just slurping on Le Freak Sauvignon Blanc Gros Manseng – interesting blend and a sister to a red I sampled at last Wednesdays French tasting
— Andrew Barrow LRPS (@wine_scribbler) March 16, 2007
Jounalist, serial blogger and tweeter Fiona Beckett is surprisingly reticent…
is wondering whether this is a good move. Do I actually need to spend more time online? Is there anyone I know out there?
— Fiona Beckett (@winematcher) January 22, 2009
And the Drunken Cyclist confesses to something that everyone else does but noone admits to…
trying to look busy, but failing
— The Drunken Cyclist (@masi3v) July 29, 2009
If you want to find out your first tweet (or anyone else’s) visit here
This post was a bit outside my usual topic – would appreciate knowing whether you liked it or hated it. Should I dig out some first tweets of some top foodies? What do you think?