Tuesday, July 28, 2009

All the little birdies on Jaybird Street love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet...

I just don't know how I feel about this whole Twitter thing.

Suddenly, I have become the company "Twitter monitor" at work. It's like they assumed that because I was under the age of 30, I was obviously obsessed with social media and would be a pro at launching us ahead in the Twitter universe. Actually, what they really want is for me to make "them" look like pros, without actually having "them" to do anything. Sure, I do the facebook thing and obviously, I do the blog thing too, but that's it. The truth is that I think it's kind of lame. This is probably because none of my friends are on twitter and if they are, they don't really use it. I don't care that much about what strangers have to say, and if I do, I would rather read their blog, where I can get more that 140 characters worth of information. Everyone keeps saying that it's the young people that are using it, but I think it's actually tech junkies, and yes, probably a lot of young tech junkies, as well as the social-media obsessed. Recently, it seems, marketers, advertisers and the "business hungry" have also been added to that list. This is all fine and dandy, if that's your thing - but it's just not for me. The idea of living a life online turns me off big time. I have embraced the fact that I have to spend 8 hours-a-day in front of this giant computer screen, but it's not something I would choose. I don't even have internet at home. No cable. No phone (well, no landline at least). Most of the time, I like doing things that don't involve computers. This is not to say that I don't appreciate being able to keep up with friends all over the country and globe, and quickly and easily share my thoughts, ideas, inspiration and latest photos with friends and family - I love that. I love the internet and all it allows us to do and share... but I love being outside even more and I love making things and spending time with real people in real places. I guess what you get is what you give and for this reason, I don't get that much out of Twitter. When I am dead, I prefer to leave behind actual footprints, instead of digital ones. Maybe I will change my mind in the future, but for now, I really couldn't care less about reading tweets. In fact, I find that word "tweet" incredibly annoying. Makes me think of "Rockin' Robin".

I try to remain open minded (At one time, I thought blogs were also ridiculous), but I'm in no hurry to increase my number of followers, and after reading this article and finding out that most people still don't even know what the heck Twitter is, I feel completely content with my total lack of interest.



  1. Amen sista!

    Twitter is also for narcissists. Nobody should care that you are brushing your teeth! But twitter makes something like that seem like a completely interesting piece of information to broadcast in our little self-involved worlds. Wow that made me sound like a real twitter-hater, when in all reality, like you I am very unmoved to have a strong opinion about it. I do agree though real-life is a lot cooler than virtual reality. Down with the machine, yo! Okay, I gotta go get a job or run a lap or something. Peace and love, KJ

  2. I had to laugh, Kate. I cannot believe you've been charged with the task of monitoring our Twitter updates. Not that I think you can't handle it...it's just that I can only imagine what a freaking circus that must be. Good lord.

    (I don't want to come back.)

  3. By "monitor" I mean that I anonymously post things for the people here who are too intimidated to actually use Twitter. I get to ask them to think of things to post on their "scheduled" days. It's totally weird and sort of goes against the whole notion of Twitter. It doesn't have to make sense though, right!? It just has to look good... I say this phrase to myself a lot while at work...