I joined Twitter on May 8, 2008. As of today, I have over 82,000 tweets but I  suck at following my timeline on Twitter. And that list capability? I don’t ever use it. Throughout the day if I catch something interesting I’ll retweet it. Occasionally I’ll share something crazy my grandmother has said, something random my son has done, or the fact that I’m picking up dog crap after she happened to eat a jar of coconut oil. Every once in awhile I’ll vent or complain about something, but I don’t make a habit of it.

No one likes a Debbie Downer on their Twitter stream. Maybe someone should tell men that.

According to a new study, done by Brandwatch, women tweet more but men are bigger complainers on Twitter:

Women on Twitter talk more about personal matters, television programmes and work, the study found, while men are most likely to tweet about sport, gaming and news

When it comes to tweets related to brands, women are far more likely than men to be entering competitions, while men are much more likely than women to be complaining.

Women tweet around 15 times a day, on average, compared with nine updates per day from men, according to the study of 1,000 British Twitter accounts by Brandwatch.

“Many studies have shown that men and women use more similar language online than offline, so we were surprised to see such clear differences in the results,” said Edward Crook, an analyst at Brandwatch. “140 characters encourages many of the non-standard features of spoken language, which could explain this divide.

It is clear though that men and women are both discussing different topics on Twitter and using different language to do so.”

Well, maybe British men are just the type to complain all the time. Typically I’ve noticed the men on my timeline discussing everything from music to technology. The only time I see complaining is during football season and when they’re discussing the infamous $200 date Twitter topic.

Now the women on the other hand.

I love following the women who enjoy shopping.  I can’t count how many times I’ve noticed a link to a sale, or a new product that was reviewed.  Also, depending on the night, my stream is filled with talks of whatever television show is on. From Love & Hip Hop, to Real Housewives of Atlanta.

But god, please don’t let it be a Thursday night.

Thursdays are when I escape from Twitter, because my timeline is taken over with Scandal talk.  Olivia Pope this. Olivia Pope that. I will confess that on Sundays my tweets are all about The Walking Dead, and I’m pretty sure I’ve lost followers mostly during that time period.

I think a well rounded Twitter stream should consist of news, politics, sports, technology and education. Too much of one subject is never good. And if your stream happens to include some of those complaining men, tell them to stop their bellyaching.

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