Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Twitter...

Some people, like My Lady of the Youthful Smiles, adapt to new communications technologies and formats with the ease of a fish taking to water. I am not one of those people. I can just about get around the interwebs unassisted, but some forms of social media/tech are not in the least bit intuitive for me. Like The Twitter and Smartphones.

I was recently asked about The Twitter phenomenon by a non-user and found myself in the bizarre position of trying to explain/sell it when I myself am at best a lukewarm convert and remedial user.

Yeah, yeah, I know. How can a social media user/blogger/whatever be so useless at this stuff? I don't mean to be, it's just that 140 characters of 'space' feels like being offered a small shot glass of lukewarm water when I have a raging thirst. Also, I have a low connectivity threshold. Still, it is one of the Big Three for social media practitioners (Blog, FB, Twitter) and cannot be avoided entirely.

Which is why I was delighted to see this. No matter what your problem is in life, someone else is going through it :) Anywho, was doing some research to help me navigate the hashtag-riddled world of twitterese and found this resource. Strange neologism and ridiculously indecipherable acronym I fear thee no longer, for I have The Google and The Wikiverse on my side. Mwahahahahahahaaaaa!


  1. I noticed that you barely tweet!

    I think what people like about Twitter is that its even easier than blogging, you don't need to have a fully fleshed out opinion, you can just throw something inconsequential out there.

    Also good for just throwing up interesting links or dumb jokes that would not justify a blog post.

    And unlike Facebook status it won't necessarily be seen by your boss/mom/classmates etc.

    The downside is that it is so impermanent. It is hard to even go back to your old tweets, sometimes it seems like everyone is shouting and no one is paying attention.

    I used to "not get" Twitter but I've got into it in the last year. It has its uses...

  2. Hey Dr. Bob, it's been a while :) I agree with all of your above points. Twitter is not the problem per se, I'm just griping because I am having trouble embracing the full Twitter experience. I imagine if I keep at it long enough something will give...


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