Here's the Scoop: May 27, 2009
Time to Twitter
I’m running late this week. Must be I’m spending too much time on Twitter again.
OK, that may not be entirely true. In fact, I was not exactly certain what it is that Twitter is — or does — until I looked it up.
For other Twit-Wits (a term I devised to describe those in the dark about Twitter) such as myself, here’s the definition I found: “Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them.”
What are you Twit-Wits waiting for — start Tweeting!
Yeah, I’m not buying it either.
What does this say about me? Old age? Unable to adapt? Yes, both of these.
What about talking?
In reality, I prefer my “social networking” to come in the form of a couple of cooling beverages on the front porch with people I enjoy. I know, it’s kind of a weird concept.
I guess I don’t get the idea of so many people thinking it’s great to have their every idea available worldwide to anyone who cares to read about it. Whatever happened to old-fashioned secrecy? Has everyone forgotten the Bush Administration so quickly?
Trust me, I don’t miss the Bush Administration — it was pure torture for me — by any definition. But I do share a passion for keeping things confidential.
And I absolutely love the Internet. What’s not to like about being able to buy any junk you like, from around the world? Or, to be able to nearly instantly refute the know-it-alls who have always pretended to have answers for just about everything.
However, I have the feeling that one result of this invention is that it has made many people feel a bit self-important. Just because the ability exists to put one’s views on display for worldwide viewing, doesn’t mean you have to use it.
And don’t get me started about how dumb-sounding is the word “Twitter.”
So, if you’re looking to get in touch with me, you need not check from my posts on Twitter. If you want to say hi, don’t tweet me, just stop by with a cooling beverage.