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Twitter-Bottom Ramen of Social Networking [May. 19th, 2009|05:09 pm]
Lanette
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I believe that reading Twitter is a punishment and not a privilege. While it seems to have taken hold, I often pray that it is a passing fad.

I do however understand why some people enjoy Twitter and Facebook and not Livejournal. People who don't at their core really like to read and write but want to do social networking and feel connected.

Here's my take of social networking sites:
1. Livejournal-I love it beyond words mostly because I like to read and it has lots of text sprinkled with photos in most cases, dominated by photos in other cases.
2. Facebook-Quality is better than MySpace and at least the updates are often more interesting than Twitter?
3. MySpace-Very picture heavy but buggy. I don't love it.
4. Twitter-I wish it would go away. To me is it as annoying as dental work except at least dental work has good results? I have no ill will towards those who use it, but I have no interest in reading the tweets. It causes me no pain to scroll past them however so this isn't meant to offend any of the majority of people who use and enjoy twitter.

Anyhow, I believe it is ok to be a technology enthusiast who doesn't twitter. I do livejournal because I like to read and write. I do Facebook because enough people invited me that I needed one to see their pictures and I do like how well it works for sharing pictures although the whole "note" thing is pretty lame to me compared to Livejournal. I got a MySpace because I felt I needed one to stay connected to real life friends. I hope to be a twitter holdout for a long time to come.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2009-05-20 12:56 am (UTC)
I dislike people who replicate their twitter feeds on LJ or Facebook, though I've gotten to like twitter for being able to say quick things that aren't worthy of blogging about--especially these days when I have even less time than I used to.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 06:00 am (UTC)
*giggles* Well, I'm not anti people sending their twitter to other locations as not reading it is easy for me.
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[User Picture]From: shineyquarter
2009-05-20 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sorry! ;)

Actually, I am. But some said they like it so I keep it up. Sorry.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2009-05-20 08:52 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not like I'm the most important person on the planet. ;)
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[User Picture]From: shineyquarter
2009-05-20 08:57 pm (UTC)
What?

I have to change the way I've been living.
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[User Picture]From: krysteena
2009-05-20 01:08 am (UTC)
i'm there with ya.. i have no desire to use twitter, nor reason. i got facebook because my friend begged and pleaded me, he passed away earlier this year but since then alot of my co-workers and childhood friends are on there so i keep it. I keep myspace (although detest it) because my family is on there.

My cousin found me on livejournal, which i wasn't too keen about because this was the only place i could post stuff w/o getting back to my family. Every post of "don't feel good, pregnancy blah" my mom would call me and freak out.. so now, i just filter him out.

Besides he is one of those people that graphxgrrl mentioned, i get his 2 line updates on myspace, facebook and here and it's so frickin' annoying.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 02:51 pm (UTC)
The one stop shopping he picks to keep up with him is twitter because you can't get too personal in 160 characters and that in a nutshell is why Twitter doesn't interest me.
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[User Picture]From: dkstwin
2009-05-20 03:57 am (UTC)
I object to joining Twitter on the grounds that a "Twit" is a less than intelligent person and starts the name. That and I rarely post on here...lol.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ha! I think that is a riot. I also have noticed that the media makes a huge deal about social networking.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2009-05-20 11:17 am (UTC)
I started doing twitter when I realized I had kinda stopped doing LJ. I keep up with twitter because I'm hoping the stopping of LJ is a passing thing. I've been so caught up with work stress and life stress, and school stress that I haven't had the energy to really write a decent post. So, in the meantime, I twitter. And I read other folks entries and comment. Y'know, like this one. :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 02:53 pm (UTC)
See, I think because I like to read that I'd rather read something freely written even if it is longer because there's a better chance it will interest me than something falsely constrained to 160 characters.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2009-05-20 03:05 pm (UTC)
140 characters! I like to think of it as concise.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yep. I know lots of people do. I just like to read and write, and the number of interesting 140 char blurbs from what I've seen so far on twitter are not so high percentagewise. I'm a fast reader/writer, so I prefer LJ. I guess I see Twitter has half-a$$ed blogging because it isn't a priority to really express yourself or really read other people expressing yourself, but you still feel connected, even though it's on a more shallow level and takes less effort on the reading/writing side? I do see that it is the right format for lots of folks, it's just not for me so far.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2009-05-20 03:25 pm (UTC)
I think part of the reason for my moving to twitter is because of access. I can't get on lj at work except thru my blackberry (like this response) and trying to write a longer entry via blackberry is frustrating. I can occasionally post via email, like I did this morning with my recipe post but usually its just twitter capability during the work day.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ahh! That really makes sense. I bet that more mobile users and people on the iPhone are part of why it is so popular.
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[User Picture]From: pattinthehatt
2009-05-20 11:20 am (UTC)
I find Twitter really off-putting. Tommy told me that he read somewhere that a lot of people who join it only stay on a month or two and leave it... color me SO not surprised. He is signed up and doesn't, as far as I know, do updates, but gets tweets from those in his network.

I would never try to persuade him to leave it, but, even second-hand, I find the tweets annoying. For some reason I'm happy to read on LJ that someone spent a couple of hours yesterday sitting in his/her favorite coffee shop working on a paper, but when I'm in the middle of dinner or even just snuggling with my sweetie in front of the tv I really don't need a text updating me that so and so is sitting in Starbucks drinking a latte. For whatever reason that inspires a "good for you" reaction in my head!

I'm glad you said that about pics. I really enjoy them, too, but sometimes I feel like I'm posting too many. Especially since a friend irl sometimes makes passing comments like, "You certainly take a lot of pictures of yourself." I think she's just genuinely curious about it because she would never do that, but then I start feeling like I'm all egocentric or something. I took some pictures over the weekend in a beautiful vintage sweater I found... but I'm hesitant to post even more pics of myself.

I wish I'd had the chance to meet you when I was in Seattle.
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[User Picture]From: alicroc
2009-05-20 12:40 pm (UTC)
I read that same stat somewhere pattinthehat!

i opened a twitter becuz at work I'd been going to a lot of seminars on using Social Media...but i really hate Twitter I think.

I'm one of those people that will go 9 days between updates yet somehow i keep getting add requests....and I'm NOT saying ANYTHING provocative...usually crap like, "i'm tired" ha ha.

I much prefer LJ and FB. I keep my myspace becuz it was my first foray into social networking...and becuz my husband uses MySpace more...and i like to keep tabs on him...otherwise i'd delete it....
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[User Picture]From: pattinthehatt
2009-05-20 03:06 pm (UTC)
I think part of it for me is the choice element. I can choose when I want to go on LJ, or even FB, or read my email, but Twitter, like a phone call, kind of interrupts things, if that makes sense.

I've never used MySpace, although I've thought about signing up. A cousin of mine is a drag queen who performs locally sometimes, and it would be easier to keep track of his schedule and see him sometimes if I had more access to his FB page.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 03:17 pm (UTC)
OMG I would love to go see your drag queen cousin perform. You have an interesting life.
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[User Picture]From: pattinthehatt
2009-05-20 03:51 pm (UTC)
Plus sized drag queen, at that. :o)

I'll see if I can dig up some video. He's so much fun, and very flamboyant in drag or out. One of the things I adore about my family is that they're so accepting. This cousin was born to one of my cousins when she was a young teen, and she chose to give him up for adoption. When he turned 18 and found us we were all SO thrilled. But he told the social worker he wanted us to know, before meeting him, that he was gay. If we had any problem with it he wanted to just let it go. Ha. We were all like, "Who cares?!?! We want to know you!" And he's wonderful. We're tickled that he's so sweet and fun and seems happy with his life!

They took Kim in the same way. Totally considered her a part of our family. When we lost her my cousins in Chicago even had a little memorial service there. I'm lucky in so many ways.

Despite the whole Chinese curse association, I always wanted an interesting life, and while it's not anything that would appear in People Magazine, I still think I have it. :o)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have you over!

The "good for you" reaction cracks me up.
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[User Picture]From: pattinthehatt
2009-05-20 03:04 pm (UTC)
I was there a couple of years ago, around this time of year. We weren't friended then, though, and I'm not even sure I knew that you lived in Seattle!

It's a city I don't think I'm hardy enough for. :o) I packed some heavy sweaters, a scarf, and a heavy jean jacket (heavy denim, but not lined). I absolutely froze to death. Every single night I had to take a shower to get warm... nothing else would work! And I saw toddlers barefoot in sun dresses, and adults swimming in the ocean, so I know that Seattle-ites certainly were nowhere near as cold as I was!

I'm much more snarky in my head than I usually am verbally. ;o)
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-05-20 04:24 pm (UTC)
I can't stand Twitter.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 09:02 pm (UTC)
Does it come across to you as rude like it does to me?
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-05-21 01:13 pm (UTC)
Not so much annoying, just I don't have time for it.
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[User Picture]From: shineyquarter
2009-05-20 08:47 pm (UTC)
Since everyone seems rather anti-twitter, I'll offer another view. I LOVE to read. I really do, but I like Twitter too. I think because it feels like talking. And it has connected me to some people I haven't spoken to in a long time. But I don't think it is for everyone. I just don't think it means that people hate reading... I'm sure it does for some, but not for me.

I dislike MySpace a lot more. If not for the bands, and the few friends that only use it, I'd delete my account. Facebook is okay but really only because it keeps me connected to family and has scrabble. I feel a bit like LiveJournal is only for interesting things and I rarely have anything interesting things to say. However I do read and enjoy Lj to see into my friend's lives, obviously. ;)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 09:01 pm (UTC)
I was trying to figure out what annoys me so much about twitter and I think that while the conversational aspect could be really positive, the interrupting, talking to and at no one in particular, and the mundane detail makes it come across as rude to me. For a person who loves social networking in general I've been trying to figure out why it is almost vulgar and offensive to me since I don't have to participate beyond scrolling past loudtwitter posts.
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[User Picture]From: shineyquarter
2009-05-20 09:12 pm (UTC)
You know that is fair enough. And I'm not trying to convince you to join up. I'm happy to be there and if you aren't you shouldn't be. It's a better world when we aren't all the same anyway. :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 09:17 pm (UTC)
I agree, but as a usually pro technology person I just thought it was strange to have a negative reaction to it, but I find there is something about it that is causing this polarizing impact on many people both for and against.
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[User Picture]From: feminista1
2009-05-24 03:08 am (UTC)

Twitter et al

I was trying to figure out why I no longer find facebook exciting and I think you hit the nail on the head. Because there's no real blogging on facebook I find it getting increasingly boring. Through reading my blogging buddies I get a lot more enjoyment. I recently deactivated my facebook to stop signing in so much but will admit my friend got me to sign up to twitter today. I'm going to see how it is. I like that I can share political opinions and opinions on important topics and follow celebrities. The only other good thing I can see about Twitter is if you send tweets to CNN and make them actually count for something. Otherwise, I am pretty sure that nobody wants to know every inane detail about one's day!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-25 09:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Twitter et al

I hope you enjoy it. I wrote this blog mostly because I was shocked at how negative my response to it was as in general I'm a big fan of social networking and usually I'm a bit of an early adopter.
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