Dear Twitter- It’s not me, it’s you

April 28, 2013

in Blogging, Social Media

metweet-300x144I’m just gonna come out and say it knowing full well y’all are gonna have words with me over it.

I don’t like Twitter.

I have tried. I really have.

Okay, maybe I haven’t tried that hard but that’s only because I don’t like it so I don’t do it. I know in todays day and age that Twitter is an important Social media tool. I get that, I have my little Twitter badge over that-a-way <——- to prove it. In order to be someone on the internet you need to have presence and presence includes Twitter.

So, I suffer through it.

gogoretweetAfter doing some Twitter soul-searching I realized I don’t like it because it’s very impersonal. At least on Facebook you can write a status over 140 characters AND post a pictures (yes, multiple pictures) and tag people with names that don’t include a hashtag. I’m not going to find my long-lost BFF from 4th grade (hello Donna Barnhill!) on Twitter, and even if I do find my long-lost elementary school buds on Twitter, I can’t have a meaningful conversation with them unless I keep the conversation to under 140 characters or less. The bottom line is, that no matter how hard I try, I just don’t feel any connection with Twitter. It just seems superficial to me.

This past week I have ‘cleaned house’ on my Twitter feed in an effort to make it more understandable manageable. I am only following people I want to follow and most of those are fellow blog writers and bands I love. I left the porn stars, wanna be social media experts and book authors and anyone who “follows back!” off my list.

Don’t get me wrong, Twitter has its place. This blog wouldn’t be this blog without Twitter. It’s helped me find new readers, I’ve gotten re-tweeted by some really cool people and I even got a birthday shout out from Rick Allen from Def Leppard (which is obviously the coolest most radest thing ever!) My Twitter followers chime in from time to time with great feedback for this blog and I love seeing my blog posts “favorited” or “re-tweeted.” It’s just that you and I are not going to find a meaningful relationship on Twitter. It’s like the equivalent of a mistress or a one night stand. We are gonna get the down and dirty on each other, but nothing more. For something more substantial we have to move on to a more personal platform like Facebook, or I don’t know, take it one step further and actually meet for coffee.

In today’s world so much happens on this screen. It has opened up new horizons, like re-connecting with that long ago BFF, but it has also diminished the way we look at each other (or more aptly, don’t look.) I do believe you can have friendships/realationships on-line. I have met some great people through blogging and the wonders of Facebook, people who I call friends even though we have never met face to face. But those relationship have taken work, just like if they were happening in my real, away from the screen, life. I’ve decided I like that I can have an expanding horizon of people I meet online. I like that I can laugh with them, cry with them, relate to them here. One this computer.

rickallentweetBut I don’t get that sense of belonging from Twitter.

This doesn’t mean I am going to not Twitter, it just means Twitter and I have a working relationship, just like the kind you would have with one of your co-workers. You spend sometime with them at work but as soon as you leave for home, you don’t give them a second thought.

And Twitter, I am sorry if I am making you feel like you are second best, but I have to be honest with myself and call a spade a spade. You are just not relationship material and I have too much respect for myself to believe you and I will ever have a fulfilling relationship.

It’s not you, it’s me…



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