I’m no Luddite – I own useful bits of technology that get me from A to B without a map, deliver my emails and text at the side of the road (never while driving!) and let me call whoever from wherever.
So being quite contemporary in my thinking (and I’m really looking forward to the movie), I understand why these days people choose to display themselves and their lives on Facebook. So far I’ve resisted. I’m selective about who I share my world with and perish the thought I’d have to spend any valuable time Face-blocking an ex who’d like to get back in touch, for instance. If I’d wanted to get back in touch, I wouldn’t have blocked them from my email server in the first place. And no, I’m not in any witness protection program; I’m just a rather private person who happens to be smart enough to find you if I wanted to.
However, I do use Linkedin, the professional networking site. As a professional person it makes sense to build a network of professional contacts; all strictly professional.
But apart from the obvious (to me) exception of using Twitter to tweet work related information simultaneously to large groups of people which I think is both cool and efficient; I’m bemused by those who need to quantum blog the planet several times a day. Unless you’re really smart, funny and famous, I don’t get it because you can’t say much in fewer than 250 text characters, so you need to be really good with words to be remotely interesting given those restrictions.
Sadly it seems that tweeters mostly fall into just one of the above three categories (the famous; sans smart and funny)… and what they’re likely to tweet is that they just ate lunch at the Ivy in LA or something equally edifying such as; “Like I just flossed and found the earring I lost last week but Japan wouldn’t let me in even though like I told them like it wasn’t my purse.” I don’t know about you but I’m sure I’d hardly be able to contain myself waiting for the next meaningful missive and would be glued to my tweet-ometer for 48 hours in case I missed it! Not.
….And then there are their followers. Even more disturbing than someone needing to share their every act or thought with the world (It’s all about Meee! Tweet, tweet); is that some people want to read about it. Why? Do some folks really have so little going on in their lives that they need to feed off someone else’s throughout the day? Isn’t this slightly creepy; as if you’ve been granted permission to spy on someone through a keyhole? Like?
I bet those poster children of Twitter, Ashton and Demi, who currently choose to live their lives in an illuminated fish tank, are going to wish they’d kept quiet at some point. Don’t they have any work right now or are they actually being paid by Twitter to generate a following of Twits? Whatever happened to discretion and privacy? Perhaps their goals have shifted and they now want to be recognized as great tweeters rather than great actors.
Personally I’m far too busy to read the minute by minute minutiae of the daily activity of someone I don’t know, let alone respond. And before you jump on my case, this blog isn’t in that category. I blog once every 5-7 days with approx 500-1000 words and I have no intention of boring you with multiple daily mini-blogs about how long it took me to blow dry my hair because I used the wrong product …and I’d never presume that you’d care to read about how I forgot to buy milk or where I walked my dog as this is my personal getting-through-the-day business which is time consuming in itself.
However, you are invited to respond and you aren’t limited to 250 text characters either. And if someone can persuade me that the world would be enhanced by me joining the ranks of the twittering twits, I’m open minded enough to consider it but I think it’s unlikely in the foreseeable future because I’m a very busy person and for now, it’s enough for me that you follow me on my blog 😉