I’m not slow or dim-witted, but I just don’t get it? I really don’t. This whole Twitter hullabaloo seems like such a waste of time, energy and focus. Many bloggers describe Twitter as an addiction, like crack cocaine. Bloggers even write about kicking the habit and going cold turkey. Oh, that’s nice. Another vice I don’t need.
I’ve done my research, went to the Twitter site and watched the video, read enough blogs on the subject to bore me to tears, talked with a bunch of folks in the industry, and I can only surmise that Twitter is nothing more than an outlet to outpour every insignificant (and sometimes significant) thought for everyone else to read. What’s with the need to share every bit of information? “Hi, I landed at the airport.” “I’m at a trade show and this speaker is awesome!” “Has anyone seen my sunglasses?” “Here’s a cool site with some great stats.” Twittering reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld constantly divulging every little detail of his life to his friends … “like the other day I went to the bank and this teller gives me this look …” Enough already!
Share what is really important to those that matter. Have we reached a point in our social media circles that we must be "in the know" all the time? I thought Madonna wrote the book on voyeurism in her ego-stroking film Truth or Dare but I think those that Twitter have an equally insatiable appetite to tell all and read all. Are we so full of self-importance that our thoughts must be on someone’s radar 24/7? Follow me: I have so much to tell you in 140 characters. Yah ok, I’ll get right on it.
One of my employees uses Twitter and finds the online cacophony deafening. He says he’s too busy at work to keep up with the Twittering. He’s lost interest. So have I, and I haven’t even subscribed to the service yet.
Perhaps I’m not the target market for Twitter so I don’t want to fully pooh-pooh something just because it doesn’t make sense for me. It has an obvious following and growing every day. Funny though, none of my close friends even know what Twitter is. We use the antiquated route of updating each other with phone calls and email. I even get together with friends for regular catch ups. Oh so nineties of me.
At the end of the day, keeping up with the random thoughts and interests of my peers, competitors, acquaintances etc., has no appeal.
I have a life, thank you very much, and I need to get back to it now.