I’ve been trying out Twitter for the last week or so, and I’m still not sure about it. You can see my most recent posts in the right margin of the blog (way over there—>), or visit my page here. Yeah, it’s been that long since I’ve posted. Yeah, I know I need to do it more often.
If you also “tweet,” you can click the link on that page to follow me. And most likely I’ll follow you, too. Because that’s how this seems to work! And then I’ll try to think of something tweet-worthy so I won’t bore you.
That’s really the big hurdle here for me. It isn’t so much the setting up accounts and customizing them to match my other accounts that’s hard. It’s more that I have to think of things to say or remember to log in and let everyone know what I’m doing frequently enough to justify doing it at all. I have to think of myself as someone who has something to say every hour or two that someone else would want to read. And really, most of the time, I feel like someone who really likes making lip balm and taking pictures of it. Maybe this Twitter world isn’t for me?!
I can’t decide what I think of all of it. These social networking sites are completely addictive–like Facebook and MySpace, for example (I also have pages there, but don’t be disappointed by how infrequently I update). I love reading about what other people are doing, reading, playing. Up to the minute updates of even the most mundane details seem fascinating, simply because they are up to the minute! Can you imagine? I’m reading about someone’s dinner and it’s 10 pm here, and I realize they’re in California. I can read about someone’s dinner in California while I’m sitting here working at 10 in Maine! Cool, huh?
But truly, I can’t get past the idea that what I’m having for dinner might be not be interesting to someone. It’s not even that interesting to me. And here’s the other thing: in order for people to Tweet or blog or connect 24/7 with friends on all of these sites, they have to be on their phones or handhelds through every event–or working constantly from their laptops, like I am. How do the other people at the table feel at dinner when the phone comes out? Is everyone on their phone? Did dinners used to be like this? Is this an improvement? (Yeah, I know…I don’t get out for dinners much, so I’ll allow that they’re probably different in this century.)
Like I said, I’m not sure what I think about all of this new technology. I’m beginning to sound like a grandparent, suspicious of the “newfangled” and what changes it will bring. Do you have any interesting stories about Tweeting, blogging, or networking online? I’d love to hear what you think! I’m sure blogging about tweeting and tweeting about blogging isn’t the long-term answer, so any suggestions you have for successfully juggling all of this would be appreciated!!