To Tweet or Not To Tweet; That is the Question

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Last year, I decided to join the Twitterverse (and despite my protests to the contrary, I went back to Facebook as well).  I began to Tweet.  Why?  Mainly because I felt I was missing out on something; I was lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of technology.  This is, of course, completely ignoring the fact that I’ve never played on an X-box, used a Smart Phone, or seen an iPad up close. Those things? I could care less about. Ok, I care a little bit but it’s mainly because once again I feel “left out” of the global technological picture. I don’t have any of those things (including a working cell phone) because I can’t afford them. Chances are if I could, I’d have them in some form or another. I digress… back to the Tweeting.

I have tweeted. I tweet. I’m a tweeter. Or is that a twit? Whatever; you say tomato, I say its delicious not matter how you pronounce it. What? Dang, distracted again.

Back to the reason for this already off-course post: should I or should I not continue to tweet. To be honest, I don’t have much to say. At least nothing that can be stated in 140 characters. While I was following a few celebs and local foodie types, I’m bored with listening to what most of them have to say. Do I care that my favourite very hairy Amazing Race contestant recently dropped his grandpa off at the airport? Not in the slightest. Is it important to know what a certain British comedian finds amusing at any given moment? Hardly.
I enjoy these things occasionally, sure. But who has time to tweet, or follow their fellow tweeters, especially if you have more than 5. I could spend an hour going over previous tweets and at my busiest, I was only following 30 people! Seriously, do people not have jobs? Do they not work? Or are they getting paid to Tweet? I just don’t get it.

The question of whether or not to continue tweeting is weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps not as heavily as world peace, growing environmental concerns, or what to have for dinner but its there nonetheless. It takes up far more of my supposedly valuable time than I would like to admit to. And that’s just reading what others have written. Forget about me trying to think up something witty and intelligent to write so my few followers don’t think I’m a complete doofus.

On top of all that, Hotmail has locked me out of my account thanks to a spammer who’s hijacked my account. If anyone follows me or sends me a personal message through Twitter, I’ll never know – my Twitter account is tied to my hotmail account. I can’t switch it over to my main email (Yahoo) because I had a previous account that I cancelled which was linked to that email. Sigh. I think it’s a no brainer at this point. Ditching the Twitter just seems to make sense.

Are you (still) Tweeting?  What do you tweet about?

***UPDATE:  Twitter just let me change my email address.  Interesting.  Perhaps I shall continue for a little while longer...?  I just don't know.


mister anchovy said...

I don't tweet much, although my blog post titles are set up to go out as tweets with links to the blog. I did follow some of the election hashtags during the federal election, as well as a few other things. For on the spot reporting, I think it's excellent.

Wandering Coyote said...

I gave up tweeting about a year ago; it simply doesn't do it for me and like you, I felt 140 characters was too restrictive. And I didn't need another thing tying me to my computer any more than I already am. If I had a cell phone, perhaps it would be different, but I don't and now I pretty much have let the whole thing go. I still have my account but I don't use it.

sp said...

I stopped tweeting not long after I started. I had a similar reaction to you "do I really care what this person has to say every other minute?" It was too much information for me, even if it was brief.

It was also just too much wasted time on the computer. I only have so much time to waste! It seems to be really geared for the blackberry toting public.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am going to keep my twitter account, but I rarely go on it. Personally I find twitter to be boring.

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