The HIITT Scale

With 2018 just around the corner, I've been thinking about what to do to improve my productivity in the new year. Social media is both a blessing and a curse. It connects me to people far and near while stealing chunks of my day.

Twitter is one example. It can be the source of a wealth of information. I use it to keep up with current events. I'm connected with writers and publishers and can learn of their latest releases. Even though I want and enjoy the scoop, Twitter can also waste boatloads of my time. Because Twitter can be such an offender, it would be helpful if everyone would adopt my newly conceived of scale to rate their tweets. I call it the "How Important Is This Tweet Scale" (HIITT).

It's simple to use. Preface your tweet by assigning it a number from 1 to 5, with 5 being most important and 1 being not so important. The purpose of the scaled numbers is to make the Twitter feed quicker to scroll through. The tweets are sorted into categories so that a reader will be able to, at a glance, know which tweets will be time wasters and which will be of urgent interest.

Here's my proposed HIITT Scale for the Twitter feed:

5   Amber alerts; breaking news; humor

4  New book releases; book reviews; movie reviews

3  Recipes; weather; sports; fashion

2  Celebrity news; giveaways; motivational quotes; cute pet videos;

1   How many people followed/unfollowed you this week; tweets with hashtag words being a larger %-age of the tweet than content words; tweets that are mirror images of simultaneous FB and IG posts

If the HIITT Scale catches on, maybe I'll waste less time reading nonsense in 2018. Until then, I'll be over on Twitter to be sure I don't miss anything.

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