Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Going back to the dark ages

I have something to confess; something I've been thinking for a while but was a bit hesitant to admit to. Yesterday I embraced my feelings, my minority opinion and I'm putting it out there:

I don't like Twitter.

Yup, it's true.

I kind of feel leashed by it. As a blogger, I feel almost obligated to be involved, as though if I'm not tweeting through the evening or spending my time retweeting or responding to tweets or just reading tweets, then somehow I'm not really plugged into the whole blogging and social networking scene.

I've decided that I don't care.

For me the value of Twitter is finding out about interesting things going on in my city, keeping me up-to-date on current (very current) events (I found it invaluable on the night of the municipal election), knowing what close friends are up to (but really, I can just email or use Facebook for this, which I much prefer).

For the most part, Twitter makes me feel like the kid who shows up to a party and doesn't know anyone, or who no one really talks to; I spend my evening standing in the corner wondering how everyone knows one another, or what the heck they're talking about.

I spent enough time living that for real (as most people have) and don't enjoy reliving it as an adult when I'm confident enough in myself to say "smell ya later" and move on.

So, I'll continue to use it if I need to promote something or follow a current event or feel the need to have a laugh (I highly recommend Denis Leary's and Stephen Colbert's tweets). But beyond that, I'm pulling out. All done!

If you want to know what I'm up to, you can become my Facebook friend... or just email me... currently known as "the old-fashioned way."

Now that is something to make your head spin.


Julie said...

i feel the exact same way as you on this one. i try and try. and when there is a blogger conference on, THAT'S ALL anyone every talks about. and all the awesome free stuff they got. i found it really annoying. i go on it so sporadically that no one really pays much attemtion to me while i'm there, so why bother. though brent butt is pretty funny. i'll have to add steven colbert!

Anonymous said...

WORD. I am so happy to read this post! I feel exactly the same - Twitter overwhelms me, and yet, I feel like everyone else is on there and I'm a total square for giving it a pass. I'll join you on the luddite team :).

Mariposa del Diablo said...

I hate Twitter. I hate the word Twitter. And I especially hate the word "tweet" in reference to Twitter posts. It annoys me. And I find it especially annoying that it's almost impossible to follow the thread of conversations there. Luddites unite!