Much like a Facebook … and MySpace … and to a large extent, this blog … I got a Twitter account because other kids were doing it and I didn’t want to be left out when everybody else said, “Oh, I heard it on Twitter.”
(Weak, I know. But I’m a journalist. I want to hear everything. I want to be more in the know than the next guy. Of course, it doesn’t help my cause that I have the observational skills of an octogenarian with macular degeneration and four cotton balls in each ear.)
But, I digress. Twitter’s been kind of an OK thing to have. I do find updates fun, funny and at times, actually informative. Initially, I had the same thought as I did about MySpace and Facebook status updates — Does anybody really care what I’m doing all day? Don’t the people who care about me already know what I’m doing?
I never really took it seriously. Sometimes, I’d use it to tell people about our show (shameless plug: The Show That Never Ends! Happy Hour on TalkRadioX! Sunday nights, 9 p.m.). Occasionally, it would be just a general, “Looking forward to a busy week” or “Thankful for all of the good thoughts” when I was moving. Every once in a while, it would be stream-of-consciousness — “wishing my office had diet Mountain Dew in the vending machine” or “kicking my own ass for losing a credit card.”
Apparently, though, there are some who take it very, very seriously. Even with some of the people I follow, I’ll see posts like “Seeing a lot of unnecessary tweets today. Keep it relevant, people” (which, if you would, explain to me how that’s necessary) or “Going crazy with all of the senseless tweeting today.”
Yes, indeed. There are people out there who take this Twitter thing very, very seriously.
But, Jacque, you say, “I’m following 398 people and I get annoyed at how often my cell phone vibrates with an update.”
Here’s Jacque’s solution: Don’t follow everybody with your cell phone. Comes with an option to shut it off. I have TWO people I follow with a text message. That’s it.
But, Jacque, you say, “It’s a valuable business tool! This is Web 2.0! This is social networking. I don’t care what you just downloaded from iTunes.”
Here’s Jacque’s solution: Don’t follow people who aren’t taking it as seriously as you are. Now, the amendment to this was I got “followed” by someone random from Texas and chose to follow him for a while. I had to stop “following” him because I got so bored with nothing but “I’m eatin’ tacos, bitches!” and “Going to the mall.”
I have to admit, I laughed really hard when I read this guy’s blog about the subject:
He breaks down the previously mentioned guidelines with some first-class harsh. His solution is simple, like mine — you’re pretty well responsible for your own Twitter experience. You’re annoyed by someone’s updates? Just drop ’em. Chances are, they won’t notice.
So, for you people out who do use Twitter … Thoughts? If you don’t use Twitter, thoughts? Other than wanting to find John C. Welch and buying him a beverage of his choice, I’m curious what people who maybe take Twitter a bit more seriously than I do think about this issue.
(Slow news day, eh?)