This is only of interest to people who use Twitter, the social networking site you may have heard of.
While I was playing around on this popular site today, it came to my attention that a fair number of my followers are based in the UK, and awake in the small hours of the night – either because they’re insomniacs, or as a nocturnal lifestyle choice, or because they’re forced to do shift work, or for more inscrutable reasons (e.g. have a baby; have killed someone, are on the run). Since I’m in Australia and will be online anyway, it seems almost rude not to do something for this small sub-community. I’ve always been interested in the alternative world of people up at night – hell, I wrote a novel about them.
So I’ve decided to tweet between about 3.30am and 5am, UK time – the middle of the afternoon for me over here. The content of the tweets will be similar to what you get in a late-night radio show: a bit of cheery nothingness, a bit of listening to problems/confessions, generally a morale-boosting exercise of the type that, in conjunction with massive personal sacrifice and deployment of weaponry, won us the war.
If you’re awake at an appalling point of the night – or, depending on your perspective, at a lovely unspoiled point of the night – and have a Twitter account, check my page and I’ll probably be doing something amusing. It also works if you’re in Australia itself, or indeed any other timezone, but of course the therapeutic aspects will be slightly less powerful. I won’t be tweeting so regularly that people get sick of it, but the idea will be to maintain a fairly constant dialogue (or multilogue) during what is traditionally the darkest part of the night for people who aren’t asleep.
If it works, I may branch out until I’m tweeting 24 hours a day to cover the various time zones, and am in permanent touch with someone, somewhere in the world, who’s tired. That is my core audience.
See you there, if your life is heading in that sort of direction.