I don’t really get Twitter. I use it because I have to. It’s acceptable ‘Social Media’ and to build a platform, it’s something I must do. But I find it too noisy.
At first, I only followed one or two people I actually knew. Okay, so it was a little boring at times, especially when no one was tweeting. But it was easy to keep up with ideas and conversations.
Then, I followed someone I didn’t know. And it was more fun! Wow! Famous people have fascinating tweets! →
So, I began following more people. I followed writers, actors, musicians, regular people, not so regular people. And it started to take up my time. I couldn’t just pop into Twitter anymore, read a few tweets and be done. There are always lots to catch up on. And one tweet leads me to another, and then to another. I add more people. Who are all these fascinating twitterers (tweeters)? How do they think up such witty tweets?
My feed started changing. Every few seconds, there are 10 more tweets. I can’t stop looking at them. There are tweets to read, tweets to re-tweet, tweets to respond to, and tweets where I’m mentioned. How flattering! And the more I follow, the more that begin to follow me. Each morning, I can be assured to wake up and find a new follower or two in my inbox. Yay!
But wait! I’m spending half an hour on Twitter now. And really, do I care about the subway ride someone had in on their way to work today? I don’t even know this person and I’ve never ridden a subway to work in my life. So why am I obsessed about reading the posts? Will my life stop if I miss a day (or 6) on Twitter? If I give up The Twitter, will I have more time for writing? For relaxing? For thinking?
Maybe I should go back to this:
Do you find Twitter too intrusive in your daily life? (*Thanks to my Haribo Gummi Bears for the photo session.)