Wednesday, March 09, 2011

elevator pitching life

I joined the Twitter today.

I had sort of been sniffing around the peripheries of the idea for some time now, but after being goaded mercilessly by a friend today, I finally admitted to being Twitter-curious, held my nose, and jumped from the nest (to mix my metaphors horribly).

So now I have joined both Facebook and Twitter, after publicly swearing that I would never do either. I had no choice. I wasn't wasting nearly enough time on the internet.

It was not a promising start, I have to admit. For starters, I had to shorten my long-time user name, making me suspect that Twitter is racist against long-winded people. But I do have five followers at this point and I follow seven Twitter entities. What's the proper term for a Twitter entity? Twit? Twat?

I'll get the hang of this eventually.

Are you on the Twitter?

20 comments:

Allison said...

So glad Sean and I were able to convince you! I love Twitter for following news/music agents. And it's a "tweet" ;) You can also link both Facebook and Twitter (I use a program called Selective Tweets), find this helps as I have grown tired of Facebook but still try to keep my profile somewhat active.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There's just something I am finding slightly creepy about Twitter, Al. I mean I know the whole point is to follow people, but it feels vaguely stalkeresque. I'm not sure it's for me.

27thstreet said...

My alter ego Eugene Knapik is on Twitter. Follow me and I'll follow you. I have mixed feelings about the entire Twitter experience but it's useful if you need to monitor breaking news stories. My alter ego claims he needs to do that. I'm not so sure I believe him.

I hooked up my blog to Twitter so my blog post titles become tweets automatically. Maybe it will drive more traffic to my blog. Who knows.

I haven't been dragged kicking and screaming into Facebook yet.

L said...

Who are you? I shall follow you. And if you should chose to follow me, I shall apologize.

@lesleyg

John Mutford said...

I'm on Twister! Currently my left foot is on green and my left hand is on blue. It's getting quite difficult to type.

John Mutford said...

(Sorry, I apologize for the lame dad joke above)

BeckEye said...

Whatever you do, don't try to have a conversation with a celebrity. They never answer and you'll just be left feeling dejected.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I shall definitely follow your alter ego into the abyss, Mr Anchovy, and shall be all businesslike with you on Likedin as well. That's a really good idea at making your blog post titles into tweets. I can usually keep those below 140 characters...

Of course I will follow you, Lesley! But I think it's I who should be apologizing.
@badtemperzombie

I actually enjoyed the lame dad joke far more than I should have, John. I think maybe Twister is the proper place for me as well.

I don't need a whole lot more rejection in my life, Beckeye. You will be the only celebrity that I try to chat up.

kelly said...

so you are now a twit? I don't have a twitter account. I don't see the use for me. Wouldn't I need a smart phone? Who would want to know what I am up to on a regular basis?

Zed said...

I tried Twitter for a week and immediately realized it's not for me. At least 10 of my friends who've signed up have already closed their accounts or have left them dormant, and while I'm still signed up, closing my account is about to happen any day now.

Communication is great, but I don't need to know what time anyone is starting dinner or that a friend is leaving the house at 4:31 to go buy cake. If that makes me rude, so be it. I'm rude. :)

And God knows I can't limit my dialogue to 140 characters. Take a look at this very comment.

Allison said...

Not to hijack your comment section Barb, but I don't think you guys are using Twitter properly...

Few people I know "follow" their friends, its mainly a source to follow news stories. I kind of think of it as a giant online newspaper.

Sean Wraight said...

Welcome to Twitterville my friend. I really have to agree with Allison on her assessment. It is an information goldmine. That is the greatest appeal of Twitter, at least for me. Admittedly though it can feel overwhelming at times because of the sheer volume of said data.

My advice... Wade in slowly you will grow to like it.

s

Word Verification - Cybonts - Robots with sans serif proclivities.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've always been a twit, Kelly. No smart phone needed for that, I don't even have a cell phone.

That 140 character issue will be a tough one for me to deal with as well, Zed. I don't even get started until about 800 words.

Hijack away, Al! Your input is always welcome. I guess the key is in finding the right sites to follow. The jury is still out around here on whether it's worth the effort.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm not sure I see the appeal yet, Sean, or if I ever will. I'll give it a fair chance to win me over though.

leazwell said...

Wthout any shame I admit to liking "...on Twister."

Moxie said...

I've been using Twitter for nearly 3 years now and love it. As a writer, I like it because Twitter forces me to parse my words and not be so - well, wordy. As a publicist, I like Twitter because it's a great way to spread a message. I highly recommend HootSuite for managing your Twitter account.

Oh, and I'm @girlwithmoxie on the Twitter.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I loved the "on Twister" line, Leazwell and am starting to suspect that may be the right place for me as well.

Thanks, Moxie, I'll check into HootSuite and also the words of your twitter persona. I think I have to take this slowly.

Missy said...

Oh I am on Twitter. I mostly just post random things going on around me when I am out and about. I do not spend a lot of time reading tweets as I have no fancy phone, but I have found interesting people to follow. I will keep an eye out for you! Have fun!

bloody awful poetry said...

I am not on the Twitter. It has just never appealed to me, although I do actually follow the Twitterings of some of my favourite human beings (Roger Ebert's Twitter is GREAT, for one). I definitely don't think I'll be joining it myself anytime soon. I did get a Tumblr page recently, though, and that's been interesting.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Found you on there, Missy! I don't have a fancy phone either (or a phone, for that matter) so I won't be posting much. And I am no Kanye West either.

I shall have to see if I can find your Tumblr page, BAP, because I need another distraction.