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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...


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.
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!



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