Wednesday, August 08, 2007

If I were a-twittering

I don't Twitter. But if I did, here's what you'd get.


I need to find a productive use for hickory nuts. There are approximately 14 bazillion of them in my backyard.


What Opie is doing now: Eating an apple only slightly smaller than his own head.


How is it that no matter what I am doing all morning, I always eat lunch precisely at 12:45 p.m.?


I want my free Harry Potter book! WHERE IS IT?


So. You see you're not missing much. And when I look at other people's Twitter pages, I am seriously underwhelmed. Especially with the posts that are in response to someone else's post -- it's like listening in on half of a phone conversation.

But as I asked Aimee today (because she seems like an early-adopting kind of gal), is it Twitter that's the problem, or me? I read this provocative "blogging is dead" post and it pretty well freaked me out. I don't see the appeal of any of the social networking sites. I'm busy enough reading the 100 blogs I follow (to the exclusion of exercise, cleaning, reading real books, etc.). I certainly don't feel the need to wonder "Hey, what else is out there -- let me see what's on the front page of Digg today."

Does this make me old? Or un-visionary? In danger of losing my job someday (remember I am basically a content provider for a decidedly Web-1.0 kind of site) because I can't move with the times? I wonder.

If any of you are into Twitter or Facebook or Sk*rt or (...), I'd love to know why they're meaningful to you. Am I missing something?


Lady M said...

I've wanted to look into Twitter just so I understand the mechanics, but I don't think I'd use it much.

One of my colleagues just started blogging so that she'd understand how the blogosphere worked, and she's really getting into it. She found a whole world of cello bloggers.

So hopefully, I won't get sucked into Twitter. ;)

Lara said...

yeah, i'm staying away from most of those sites. although i'm not sure how long i'll be able to avoid the facebook trend, purely from peer pressure - my roommate actually started a facebook group specifically designed to get me to join! :-P

but no, i don't think you're too old-fashioned or un-visionary or anything like that. just practical, which is an excellent quality.

mothergoosemouse said...

Honestly, I think it's a matter of wanting to be one of the first ones to see breaking and/or unusual news, comment on it and/or link to it (thereby drawing more traffic to your own site).

I already have a tough time keeping up with the sites that I love. I can't chase after the scoops. Let Matt Drudge and the Twitterers and Diggers do that.

Christina said...

I just joined Twitter, and honestly? It is a lot of everyday drudge. At the same time, though, I'm fascinated with daily drudge, so I kind of enjoy it.

It's also feels a little more personal than blogs. It's hard to "write to an audience" with just 140 characters. You get a better glimpse of a person through short messages here and there.

If you do give in and sign up, let me know so I can add you to my list.

Julie Pippert said...

I don't twitter. Somehow, that is beyond me.

But Maya's Mom and Sk*rt and Facebook are good to me.

I like the groups at Maya's Mom. Reminds me of pre-iVillage a hundred years ago. I've gotten some good support and advice on my business stuff, for example. I've also met some neat people.

In general, I am not ahead of any curve, LOL. I'm often late to the party or don't even come.

I like the quick scan of possible interesting things to read at Sk*rt and the ability to reach a broader audience if need be (like my "Buy School supplies for disadvantaged kids" just popped to Popular...great, I hope that messages goes far and wide.)

Facebook is an easy venue for me to keep up with friends and family who are long-distance, especially the younger ones.

I don't think you *have* to be there. If they are useful or good for you in any way, sure, go for it. I wouldn't spend time on these things just because or to keep up with joneses. I'm way too busy for that. But they help me in some ways so I put time there.

Eh, trends. I try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but I am really getting crotchety in my old age about LATEST and GREATEST and TRENDY.


Julie Pippert said...

P.S. In case that sounded COMPLETELY contradictory...I concede. It's all so personal.

My newest thing is promotional linking. I should blog that.

Ravin' Picture Maven

Mrs. Chicky said...

I don't Twitter either. And Facebook confuses me. As a matter of fact I don't know why I ever sold all my carrier pigeons.

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

I don't know why I do any of it...Facebook, Myspace,'s just another way to waste time. I didn't sign up for these things as a way to promote my site, though. In fact, that didn't actually occur to me!

I have enjoyed finding old friends on FB, Myspace. It's fun to catch up!

Lisa said...

I do have a Facebook account but don't spend much time on it.

Like the blogs (like YOURS) better. And wow. You can keep up with 100 blogs, exercise, clean, work and take care of kids. You should be wearing a CAPE!

Suzanne said...

I think that blogging has fulfilled my need to find out what a lot of strangers are doing on a daily or weekly basis. I also don't think I should devote any more of my day to the computer!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mayberry Mom! First time commenter on your blog...good to meet you at BlogHer! Thanks for asking the question. I twitter like crazy and for me it's sort of a juiced-up note-taking system. I wish I had had it during school to take & share notes w/other students (and am currently in process of creating an app to do just that). Reading other people's tweets keeps me on my toes and laughing.

I'm a member of several social networking sites. For the most part, until recently, that's where I've done my commenting, interacting and have created a lot of lasting, meaningful off-line friendships. It's only recently that I've begun blogging at my own url and I love the creative freedom.

I sk-rt and adore it. I don't digg. I have accounts at places like Facebook and Myspace but find them challenging to update often with requests to be bitten by a Zombie and what-not.

That's where I'm at. Again, thanks for posing the question. For me, as a "Scanner," being involved in a number of projects and networks is a way of life. I love it and live it. Being a part of new technologies is a privilege I'm happy to participate in and help grow.

Lara said...

Facebook has been a fun way to find old friends and keep up with what they're doing in a sort of superficial way. We can be friends again, without really having to make an effort. Sounds bad, but I like to know how people are doing and I just don't have time to personally contact them all.
That being said, it was highly addictive at first but I use it less and less. But I wouldn't want to not have it anymore...

Alex Elliot said...

I had never heard of Twitter until I went to BlogHer. I don't think I would use it. I was intrigued when I went out to dinner with some bloggers at the conference and the "twittered" that the pizza was taking forever etc. I was impressed that anyone would be interested. Then again, that's how I feel about my own blog sometimes :)