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Nick has Twitter...

OMG I STILL don't get Twitter! I have tried. It's so frustrating. I conquered Live Journal. I can e-mail. I'm slowly grasping Facebook - and occasionally getting it right on the Bebo page Christy made for me. I can text and I used to do the odd online Chat occasionally when I had time to sit at the computer.

But I still Don't. Get. Twitter.

I was at the nick site just now, because I'm getting excited because I'm going to Australia in less than a month and HE has a book coming out and I MIGHT be able to buy it over there. And there was a link to his 'Twitter' page which said he's off to climb a mountain. Now, as a fan, that's cool, I'd like to know what he's up to, I guess. But then it feels like I could get addicted to knowing. Then I would feel like a stalker - but he's providing the information. For - his fans?
Then I have friends who use Twitter. They tell me if they're waiting for something. Or eating food. Or whatever. And that is probably quite interesting for them. Or something. But I don't GET it. Are you supposed to answer? Nod sagely? Just say, hmmm, cool. Do nothing? Appreciate that you know SOMETHING about what they're up to? Because I can't work out how to answer. Mind you, maybe knowing what people are eating doesn't call for an answer. It's just a 'this is what I'm doing'. In which case, I could say, why are you telling us? And I'm not being judgemental, I just don't quite get it. Bebo is mostly entertainment, in a tweenie kind of way. Facebook is, for most of my friends there, a 'let out one's frustrations or achievements' kind of site, which is fairly informative in a minor kind of way (if you don't mind the CIA peeking over your shoulder). LJ is more fluent, you can really get stuck in with some... depth! But Twitter, with its stupid name that sounds like stupid birds, is it just another addiction? Or a great way to keep in touch, kind of. I don't really have time in my work to add electronic details of my day. I don't get down time or even travelling on public transport time. So I guess I don't have time to think about sharing details of my very small, unfamous, unknown, potentially mundane life with the great unwashed. Maybe I should just be appreciative that some people CAN share some details. It could be seen as even kind and entertaining. I guess once I understand the concept better, I might even like it myself.

And should I ignore the fact that Nick has Twitter, or do I risk becoming an obsessive Twitter-Stalker-Fan kind of person even though he started it and I assume actually wants people to know these things? Although since he's up a mountain right now, he won't know what I'm thinking anyway, huh...

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sashajwolf
Jun. 6th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
The point of the "what I'm doing" posts is to create the sort of intimacy that would come from sharing living space offline, for me. I don't expect people to comment unless something happens to particularly interest them. So if I'm interested in someone's climbing exploits, I might reply saying "cool, how long have you been training?" or something like that. Or I might just say "Good luck!" But I only reply to a small percentage of tweets, and only get replies to a small percentage of mine. Replies are a smaller part of the point on Twitter than they are elsewhere. It's fine to reply to a celebrity you're interested in, though - I don't think it comes across as stalkery on Twitter, so long as what you're saying isn't creepy in itself.
natesmountain
Jun. 7th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
-is to create the sort of intimacy that would come from sharing living space offline
Yeah, that's a good point, the link to some kind of intimacy. That's a nice way to look at it. I like that! Thanks!
hannahfmuk
Jun. 6th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I don't get Twitter either, though I've heard that lots of people use it as a way to promote their online shops/businesses.

Although I do use Facebook to keep up with my current friends, I also use it to keep in touch with what old friends I've drifted away from over the years are up to... people I wouldn't otherwise be in touch with at all. I like that aspect of it - it helps me connect to my past.
natesmountain
Jun. 7th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
-I don't get Twitter either,
I like Liz's idea above, that it is creating a kind of friendship intimacy you might not get otherwise. And maybe it's posted there for some people in particular and the rest of us really need to just let it go by.

-I like that aspect of it - it helps me connect to my past.
Facebook has that special aspect that you can find people because it uses real names, huh.
moth2fic
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
Thank Goodness!!! I'm not alone in being baffled by Twitter!!!

I can see some uses - Viv hadn't time to post and her occasional twitters or tweets let us know she was still alive...

The Amazon scandals recently reached zillions of people quickly through Twitter.

But I have to say that mostly I just skim past any Twitter posts on LJ. Yes, they're very instant and intimate - but I can only cope with instant and intimate face to face, or at most over the phone. When it all appears in written form a few hours after whatever event inspired it, I just go blank!

As for twittering myself, I haven't time!! I think it's interesting to note that a lot of Twitters (Tweets?) ar made from public transport. They tend to remind me of the overheard mobile calls where people tell not only their nearest and dearest but the entire railway carriage, 'I'm on a train'! This is great info if it's someone like Viv who has otherwise dropped out of sight/hearing but otherwise????

I believe a lot of celebrities, minor and otherwise, are using Twitter as a way to 'connect' with their fans. So Nick would probably appreciate the occasional comment.
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