I’ve been thinking a lot about twitter lately, mostly because its been coming up in various places (blogs, radio, tv…) and I keep asking myself, “self, is this just another trend like facebook and myspace – or is this something that will become a lasting part of daily life?” Unfortunately, Self is a very poor listener.
Here’s the thing. People describe Twitter as micro-blogging but I’ve always seen it as a glorified chat room – some hybrid of Forum and IM’ing. But now I’m not so sure. First off, its very popular which means it connects people the way the internet should. Second, I don’t always want to write a full blog post. Sometimes, I just want to say “I can’t believe who they sent home this week on [insert reality tv show here]” That’s not enough for a blog post but its enough to have a conversation. Finally, a lot of SEO types have shared how social networks really help drive traffic to your website. By reaching out to others, you expose them to your site. They may not stay, but at least they know about it. Of course this isn’t some marketing ploy. Its a side-effect of connecting with other people. If you are trying to manipulate them, they will not respond. – and frankly, social skills is something I lack. Not that I’m anti-social, I just am not the social butterfly.
So what do I do? If I sign up for Twitter, I may get addicted and still not have any followers. But maybe its the outlet I need to express myself without having to explain myself. Does that make sense? Sometimes I want a conversation, a dialogue – not a monologue. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to write a series of tweet-like statements to see if;
1) I enjoy the format
2) I can stick to the 140 character limit
3) Anyone would want to “follow” me.
I just realized that Syndrome lived on Nomanisan Island – as in No man is an Island.
We’ve been watching the Roswell TV series on DVD and I know why they canceled it – Liz Parker
I can’t believe how messed up the LEED website has been the past couple of days. I think they will have to extend the deadline again.
While writing this post, the suggested “tags” have had some interesting choices – how is Britney Spears related to anything before this line?
Hopefully these are more exciting than “Archshrk is going potty” and “So and So is bored..”