I probably paid no attention to Twitter (launched in 2007) until this year. When Mike "Culture Pulp" Russell announced last February that he'd gotten one, I'd seen enough of it to have thoughts I posted in reply to Mike's post:
I shall not tweet!(I whipped that up in like two minutes. That's what my quick writing looks like.)
'Tis not my thing.
My thoughts must sprawl
like word-y bling.
So few characters:
No room to fling
What I must say
Needs not to be spurted out across the Internet willy-nilly one-sidedly and cryptic and giving me even more to read when I already feel like I have so much to read so I won't do it. Uh, clattering.
I soon predicted a dire consequence of my trying to Twitter:
I use it, it'd degenerate into the "I've got two legs from my hips to the ground" level of basic, basic info. (Or writer's block on Twitter, which would just be sad.)That, heh, hasn't happened.
So I have come clean. I'm having fun with Twitter, and it gets me writing quickly and keeps me writing at times when I feel I'm too brain-fried to write substantive LJ posts (which I do prefer to do). I'll continue to have fun both there and here, as Twitter and LJ scratch two different writing itches. I wouldn't be using LJ to list failed Star Trek episodes, but I have on Twitter. That's part of Twitter's fun: quick collaborative comedy, as Mike's pointed out.
And I've seen Twitter used as a tool for getting the word out about the scary times in Iran, so there's seriousness among the sillies. It's just as possible to be serious 140 characters at a time as it is to be funny. When that saga began, I was impressed by both the Twitter system and the people using it.
Plus, as a media junkie, I've been using Twitter to connect more with various media people, especially the good crew of media people here in Portland. (Byron Beck, Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts and his girlfriend, honorary media person Bobbie Winchell, were among my first "followers," those who started reading what I was Tweeting. My very first: my friend Yendi in Massachusetts. Credit where credit is due!) It seems especially well suited to that crew.
So. I understand now, Dr. Chandra. It's all clear now. I have been assimilated.
And now I'll link to this from my Twitter feed, to show I'm honest about this stuff.