I’ve been mulling over whether to open a Twitter account.
It’s been rolling around in my head for while now. It seems like just one more thing to manage but I keep reading articles and blog posts about the many values of tweeting, which, by the way, is another word that just makes my skin crawl.
I still struggle with the word blog; it’s just so, I don’t know, messy. It’s a sensible word given its definition – “web log” – but that doesn’t help me get over my issues with how it sounds. Still, the term is obviously here to stay so I might as well just accept it already. The same goes for tweet, tweeting, and following. These words just make me want to roll my eyes and shake my head. Yet, here I am, contemplating joining the masses.
Why? Well, in a nutshell, I’m worried that my disaffection with the word tweet is blinding me from the potential and opportunities of social networking.
I’ve been reading about all sorts of interesting ways that twitter has been useful to people, beyond the simple and most straightforward benefit of providing new connections and new relationships with others – helping people find work where they least expected it, finding lost pets, receiving product samples or recommendations, increasing blog traffic, keeping in touch with current events, researching and sourcing new information or ideas, and I’m sure the list could go on. As I’ve read more than once, Twitter is for whatever you can make of it. The possibilities seem limitless.
Maybe I just need to try it to see for myself what all the hype is about and then make a more informed decision. Till now I’ve stubbornly resisted it without much clear reason other than I just don’t want to be a social conformist.
I resisted Facebook for four or five years – apparently that is my waiting period for holding out against things. (For those that don’t know the exact dates – I had to look them up myself – Facebook was launched in 2004 and Twitter was launched in 2006.) I eventually gave in to pressure from friends and family to open a Facebook account, and I have to admit that I do enjoy the way it allows me to stay in touch with people. It helps me feel not so alone when we are often so far from close friends and family.
My other weighty concern regarding a Twitter account, is that I don’t have a smart phone (and can’t afford to upgrade right now) that would allow me to follow what’s going on and I can’t access Twitter at work. This is already a major PITA with Facebook. I end up spending a fair amount of time each evening logging on to Facebook and trying to scroll through a day’s worth of newsfeed to see who is doing what and commenting or liking posts. It’s a little time-consuming and sometimes I just don’t have to energy to do it. I’m afraid to open another proverbial can of worms by opening a Twitter account and then having to do the same thing to stay current with it. But I’m not really sure if that’s how it even works with Twitter.
I know. I’m totally in the dark ages to some people.
Of course I shouldn’t forget to mention that my other holdup is fear of putting myself out there so publicly. I know that to an extent I have already done that here but Twitter seems like a much bigger, more public pool where I might commit social suicide. I’m definitely more introverted by nature and I am often shy and uncomfortable in social situations. I’ve seen Twitter likened to a cocktail party and if given the choice between going to a cocktail party and staying home to read a book, I’d probably choose the book. But this is also why I’m thinking it would be good for me too. I think it’s important to try new things, to push yourself past your fears – even if I have a hard time following my own advice.
SO! Thoughts from friends or readers? Tell me what you think or what you know from your experiences with Twitter. Should I take the plunge already?
Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?
~ Frank Scully