@QuiteFunnyGuy is my identity on Twitter. That’s easy to understand because I am quite funny. But I was known as @IamTheHuman previously. Why this username? It’s a long story. But it stems from two space-related comedy accounts I set up on Twitter in 2015, both linked to the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on Comet 67P. (Yes, I know that sounds weird, but I had a lot of time on my hands back then.)
From this account, I tweet about my writing, life in general and, of course, my cat – who usually gets more retweets than I do. You can see a live feed at the bottom of this page.
@IamTheNovel or The Very Funny Novel is an account where my debut book We Have Lost The President can itself speak to the world and communicate from beyond the Amazon online bookstore. He’s both a very funny character and a very funny novel. Some people he say he’s even funnier than me. I’d probably agree.
@WeHaveLostBooks provides general news and updates on the We Have Lost books series and is for dedicated fans of my work. It’s a small, but growing band of individuals who will, one day, be able to say ‘I followed that writer Paul Mathews before he was famous’. Well, that’s the plan, anyway.
@IamComet67P is the Twitter account of Comet 67P – the funniest comet in the galaxy. He’s a grumpy, but loveable, 4.6bn-year-old comet who comments on life, the universe and everything. He’s followed on Twitter by Rosetta mission scientists Dr Matt Taylor, Pluto Flyby scientist Alan Stern and 10,000+ others. There’s even a member of rock band ‘Guns ‘n’ Roses’, Duff McKagan, that follows him. It’s crazy, I know. But that’s Twitter.
@IamPhilaeLander is the unofficial Twitter for Philae Lander – the little spacecraft who’s stuck in a dark crack on Comet 67P. He’s what I’d describe as a stroppy teenager. He’s less active now, due to the fact his battery is always running low. But humans seem to like his cheeky humour and love of emoticons. The European Space Agency think he’s in ‘eternal hibernation’, but his followers know different.
So that’s Twitter – a lot of work for me. But lots of fun, at the same time. And it’s helped me to find lots of readers for my books. Hopefully, it will help me find many more.