Do you guys Twitter?
I do. I'm at @ann_aguirre & I love it. Most social networking sites are not for me. MySpace is a wasteland of sparkly things and people who don't read anything, ever. Facebook has become a swamp of unappealing apps and people who keep recommending I become friends with somebody I don't know or become a fan of somebody I never heard of.
But Twitter makes me happy. I've actually found it forces me to be concise because you can't ramble in 140 characters. I don't feel guilty about Twitter because I can join whatever conversation is going on if I want. I can wander away when I want. It's like dipping your toe in quicksilver, watching the pretty patterns, and then going on your way. I feel no shame about dropping a throwaway comment about what the dog did and then going back to work. Then I can read what other people had to say about said event a few hours later. It's all the pleasure of a chat room with a thousand cool people and none of the commitment.
The one thing I don't understand is people looking to pad their followers. They follow you. They don't talk to you. Then they unfollow because you didn't follow them back. For me, this does not compute at all. I follow people I find interesting, people who amuse me, or who interact with me. There are no exceptions. I'm absolutely puzzled why anyone would follow someone in the hopes they follow back. I mean, obviously, if I follow Neil Gaiman, he's not gonna follow me back. I just want to be entertained by his witty remarks. (In fact, I don't follow Neil Gaiman or any other celebrity because I'm always afraid they won't be as cool as I think they are.) For the people who followed me and were disappointed, I'm sorry about that. I'm a tremendous dork, fair warning. But if you like to randomly converse about dorky things, then I'm your huckleberry.
How do you guys feel about Twitter?