I’m all a-Twitter

April 27, 2009 at 11:23 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Twitter is so *$&%king stupid. Forgive me if I come off as arrogant, pessimistic, or cynical, but when it comes to this, I just might be. You know, there are entire industries dedicated to being ahead of the curve. People want the next big thing. Either you want to have it before your friends so they’re jealous or you want to be selling it or invested in it so you’re on top of that bubble when the value really takes off. It seems like everyone wants to be right there ahead of the curve.

However, sometimes when you get ahead of the curve, you guess the wrong curve. You curve left and the road takes a sharp right. I’m looking at you, HD DVD, LaserDisc, and Windows NT.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Twitter is *$&%ing stupid. The idea of knowing what your favorite celebrities are doing 24 hours a day seems like it would humanize them and make them less of these fictional untouchable creatures. I can see a bit of merit in that idea. However, when it comes down to it, I don’t care. Why should I care when Alicia Keys is bored waiting in traffic or if the egomaniac Shaq is feeling a little sick or that the esteemed Senator from Arkansas is waiting for the Congressional Joint Session to begin? I think being that connected is dangerous and unnecessary. Plus, I’d rather not know that no one in the world capitalizes ever anymore or that grammar is completely dead. And I think somehow abbreviating every other word to keep it under 140 characters can somehow take away from the levity of your message if it’s serious.

Real Twitter from Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Real Twitter from Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

I can see the draw. I really can. It could be addicting. It could give you something to do when you are stuck in traffic or when you’re waiting for a plane, but I think the feeling of superficial false connectedness is just another societal empty calorie. It’s pseudo interaction. Sorry, Politicians. I know your overwhelming excuse is to stay connected with your constituents, but it seems like this goes back to the age-old problem with politicians – it’s easier to talk than listen. Social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace can eat up a lot of free time doing nothing, and those are based on the same concept, but in my eyes, Twitter is just one step too far. Plus, maybe we wouldn’t have to Twitter so much if we just took a few minutes to reflect on things and talk to the people around us. Maybe take the time to unplug just a little bit. Anyway, my day to day life isn’t interesting enough to push it on everyone I know.

Remember what I said about egocentric?

Remember what I said about egocentric?

In conclusion, Twitter is *$&%ing stupid.

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2 Comments

  1. ablackanimal said,

    If you are tired of facebook or twitter but want a way to connect with artists and musicians then you should check out http://www.putiton.com

    If you are tired of facebook or twitter but still want to connect with your friends then pick up the phone…

  2. Welcome to the Good Life « Just a little taste said,

    […] feel most passionately about.  I would suggest that Twitter would be a better source for news, but I hate it, and as far as I can tell it’s mostly used for daughters of former presidential candidates […]

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