Mar 4, 2009

Gettin' all twitter pated

What's with the sudden obsession with Twitter? Well, I guess it's not all that sudden. "The kids" (she typed, her keyboard dripping with disdain... and jam) have been Twittering for some time now. For those of you who live under a rock, blissfully ignorant of the latest fads, Twitter is a social networking site that consists of a constantly-updated status message. And that's it. Your friends and family can subscribe to your "tweets" to keep track of you throughout the day. I imagine Twittering goes something like this:

12:07 Lunchtime - bologna sandwich
12:11 Eatin sandwich
12:29 Done w/sandwich, eatin chips
12:33 Eatin chips, twittering
12:34 Forever twittering
12:35 Overcome by inanity of own existence, will kill self now

Twitter begs the question... why? Sure, I come from the generation of AIM, Facebook, and Gmail Chat where checking and rechecking someone's away message/status/tagline is considered pretty normal. Somehow, it's alright in the context of a more involved program/site - sure, I'm looking to see what people are up to, but it's while I write emails or blog. I don't have a separate account to keep track of my friends 24/7. I find it creepy that someone would want that, and arrogant to assume someone else wants that from you. And so for all these reasons, Twitter has replaced text messaging as my new Lowest Form of Communication. For those of you keeping track...

1. Face to face conversation
2. Well-written letters
3. Poorly-written letters
4. Phone calls
5. Voicemail messages
6. Well-written emails
7. Poorly-written emails
8. Facebook messages
9. Myspace messages
10. Text messaging
11. Twitter

4 comments:

Liz said...

i feel obligated to say "heyyyy! i resemble that remark!" although as far as twitter goes, i update it mayyyybe every two weeks. also, i have an excuse since i work in communications and the college has a twitter account. still, it's not my favorite.

Monkey Sri said...

Twitter posts are like mass text-ing ... except instead of a generic "Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!" you get "Trimming my toenails LOL."

GGG said...

I'd have put poorly written emails a bit lower.
Anyway, coincidentally, Doonesbury this week is all about Twitter. Here's today's post:
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/index.html

Great post.

Monkey Sri said...

Thanks, Jorge :D