Friday, July 11, 2008

To Twitter or not to Twitter

Ok people, I'm starting to feel just the wee bit old, with all the new "social" technology that's coming out. I have the Myspace page, which I don't do much with, and I suppose I could make a Facebook page (although I'm not sure I see the total point of that...). But what I've been hearing a ton about is Twitter. So tell me why it's good or why it's bad? All opinions welcome.

And yes, I know the basics of what Twitter is, and I don't really think my life is that interesting that you want me to twitter it every second of every day. Wait, I'll give you an example of what today's morning would have been like:

5:23 am: Woke up; slept a ton. Body back on something resembling normal sleep schedule. Rejoice.

6:15am: Have read LJ, forums, personal e-mail, and thrown in a load of laundry into the washing machine. Somewhat cognizant of the world around me now.

6:45am: Finished working for a half hour. Forwarded queries to various people; made list of e-mails to send out later today.

7:20am: Folded laundry from last night's load. Threw this morning's load into dryer. Going to eat breakfast now, made by wonderful husband and then do other morning things--take pills, put exercise clothes on, etc.

8:10am: Leave house on walk.

8:40am: Return home from walk. Stretch. Am badly out of shape; body feels out-of-shape. Can still do cool butt-muscle stretch from x-c years though. Discussed recycling technologies while on walk.

And that's been my morning so far.


Just_Me said...

You wake up before 5:30 in the morning? On purpose? Without anyone begging you to get out of bed and feed them?

You have amazing willpower.

Jenny Rappaport said...

No, I woke up that early because I went to bed at 8:30pm at night, and that's when my body decided it wanted to get up. My sleep schedule is messed-up, so I sleep when I can, and work when I'm awake. =)

Sarahlynn said...

I've never Twittered, but I hate the very idea.

It's not a privacy issue - I am a very open blogger! - but I hate the thought of adding yet another electronic time-suck to my day.

(I already have several email accounts, a website, a blog or 3, a MySpace page, and a Facebook page, among other online sand traps.)

I sincerely hope that Twittering never becomes de rigour; I'd hate to have to take it up just to keep up with the times/my friends and family.

Amie Stuart said...

I don't like Facebook at all. I just started twittering. it's kinda fun LOL

Elissa M said...

I refuse to believe I am old, but I am old enough to know people in college would consider me so. I feel sorry for those who are so young they don't know what it was like to not communicate with strangers 24 hours a day. When your only "friends" were people you had actually met and hung out with. When the only phone you had was in your house, plugged into the wall, and people couldn't always get hold of you instantly.

This isn't really a "back in my day" rant, just an observation.

I love the internet. Reading great blogs like this is both helpful and fun. I don't think I could go back to writing on a typewriter rather than a computer. Technology does have its place.

But you don't really have to jump on the latest technology bandwagon if you don't want to. Sometimes you should draw a line, or you'll become overwhelmed. There is such a thing as "too much information".

Qugrainne said...

I guess Facebook is good for "groups" of people to stay in touch - e.g. all of the interns (my son) on the Daily show communicate that way, so Facebook I can understand. My daughters have Myspace, which I really dislike because it is too open to the nasty world. Twitter I just do not get. No thank you. I am already tied to the computer with the insanity of blogging, I would hate to see the addiction get worse.

Jodi Meadows said...

Eee, Twitter. Stay good, Jenny, stay good!

Christie said...

My SO observed that there are three phases people seem to go through with Twitter:

1. People sign up and Follow only the people they know in real life. This gets old very quickly, since there are probably only 4 or 5 of those to begin with. Nobody updates much, and the tweets are pretty mundane, since the user already knows what they're doing, since they're, y'know, friends.

2. User gets bored with it. Nothing interesting is happening, they don't see the point in posting "Got up, having coffee" and aren't interested in reading their friends' tweets that are much the same. They decide to quit Twitter. But then...

3. They go check out who their friends are following, and discover that there is some musician/author/blogger/political candidate/artist/scientist who they admire also using Twitter. They follow them. Suddenly the Twitter stream lights up, and those interesting people -- who have moved on from tweeting the contents of their daily planner and are now tweeting their thoughts on what's happening to them and around them, observations which can be brilliant, hilarious, vulgar, or mundane -- are replying to *other* interesting people. User decides to stay, follows a bunch of new people, and the content of their own tweets changes.

I went through all three of these phases, as did my SO. I have friends in Stage 2 right now, where they haven't decided whether to stay and explore, or go.

For me, following the output of Warren Ellis's head (@warrenellis) throughout the day makes it worth it by itself. I don't consider any of those strangers 'friends' and I don't understand people who do - it would be hard to develop a relationship with someone in 140 characters. Following is also not an automatic two-way street -- Warren Ellis doesn't follow me, but I do have the ability to reply directly to him if the urge strikes.

But like a commenter above, I don't think anyone should do it just because everyone else is. If you're curious, though, there's nothing to be lost really.

Maybe I'll see you there. :) @chrystaline

Alex Fayle said...

I have the same feeling towards Twitter - plus how do I use it effectively without it sucking up more time...

Francesca Hawley said...

I love Facebook but it can be an addictive time sink. The little applications are a hoot.