I never understood Twitter.
Of course I heard of Twitter as soon as it came out, but it held little interest for me. It seemed like the ultimate short attention span media. I could see absolutely zero reasons why I should join and follow.
Back at the end of 2014 I was told that if I was at all serious about blogging then I needed to be on Twitter. A blog without an attached Twitter account was a dead end. So I joined Twitter and started tweeting.
The first thing I did was go through and find some blog friends to follow and some third party things that sounded cool, like NASA. I spent some time trying to read and found I grew bored in exactly 1.2 seconds. I didn’t get it.
OK, so time went on and I followed more and more people as they followed me. I found more special interests to follow. I’ve tweeted things that had nothing to do with the blog. I tried some Twitter etiquette. And I tried reading tweets. I can read about two before I decided it is the most pointless use of my time ever.
I don’t get it, I don’t get it, I don’t get it, I don’t get it! Why does anybody waste more than a second there? I have so little free time, I do not want to waste what little is there reading tweets.
Some people claim to get information about the world from Twitter.
OK, I like the news. I read CNN and BBC on the web. I go back and forth if I have a subscription to the Economist or not and when I do I read it cover to cover. I read the local TV station’s news page. I sometimes read a local paper and regional one (Boston Globe) and occasionally a national one (NY Times). I hate, hate, hate sound bites. They are worse than useless and usually are created to mislead people. No, their one and only purpose for being is to mislead people who are too lazy to research issues. There is no other reason for a sound bite. But we live in a sound bite world. If it isn’t a sound bite, people won’t listen. Nobody wants to know what is happening. The world is an ultra-complex place and people want to find the ultimate answers in 2 seconds or less. They don’t want to really understand. They don’t want to know. We have access to more information than has ever been possible yet people don’t want to look at any of it.
And going beyond news, why do I care what a celebrity tweets? That makes even less than zero sense to me. I think it absolutely weird that anybody would care. To say I don’t get it is an understatement.
So yes, I’m a dinosaur. I like spending my time doing things. If I want to know something, I want to really know it and not a sound bite so I do research. I feel my life is important enough that I don’t have to live vicariously through somebody who is well known because they happened to be in a popular movie or TV show or, hmm, what is Kim K famous for? Never understood that one at all. Anyway, I am a dinosaur and I don’t get Twitter.
OK, so after ranting for a while, I’ll go back to pushing all of my posts to Twitter and going on once a week to acknowledge people who have tweeted or retweeted my posts. I’ll also follow most who follow me first. But will I actually sit and read anything? I doubt it.
Sorry if I offended you. Well, maybe not. ;) This was a bit, shall we say, tongue in cheek. A bit. Anyway, I don’t take myself seriously enough to get too concerned about it and I try not to judge other people for doing things like following Twitter. OK, maybe I do judge people who follow Kim K. religiously but….
I don’t know if a baby Osprey makes tweeting noises or not, but I needed a bird and thought he was cute ;)