Friday, March 13, 2009

To Twitter or Not to Twitter

I've been doing research on Twitter. I've learned what it is, how to use it and what it is used for. What I haven't done yet is go online and sign up - and become a potentially active Twitterer.

This whole "thing" about putting your life out for all to see and then updating it on a minute-by-minute basis seems ridiculous. Who cares? I know I'm dating myself. I know it's important for many people to be in touch with their classmates, their co-workers, their family, and every friend they've ever had. But again I say, who cares?

I'm not in school. I'm not in the workforce. I use email to communicate with people to whom I have something to say. I use this blog site to pass on thoughts that I think are worth passing on. And I have the habit of sitting down to write longer pieces when the spirit moves me.

There has got to be an age when instant everything is not important. Maybe it's when you retire. Maybe it's earlier. Or maybe I'm just an old fogey who refuses to get with the new program.

I'm toying with the idea of doing a Twitter experiment. What I would do is sign up and get started by asking people who are in my generation whether all this interests them. If I get no response I'll conclude I was right in the first place. We just don't care. If I get a response I'll at least learn what the allure is for other 70 somethings (or thereabouts) and then decide whether I want to join the stampede or not. I'm also thinking about doing this on Facebook.

I'll let you know if I pursue the experiment.


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