|Twitter-Bottom Ramen of Social Networking
||[May. 19th, 2009|05:09 pm]
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.
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.
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....
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.
OMG I would love to go see your drag queen cousin perform. You have an interesting life.
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)
I'd love to have you over!
The "good for you" reaction cracks me up.
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)