Thursday, December 04, 2008

My Twitter Experiment/ Alternate Title: The Day Twitter made me realize what a loser I am

I have only the foggiest notion of what Twitter is. I've seen the CNN guy doing it, and I found it irritating exercise which doesn't belong on a news show. Even if it's CNN we're talking about. It's some social networking thing, but isn't that what Facebook is supposed to be?

But, given that my IRL social networking skills are teh suxxor, I may as well work on my pretend internet social networking skillz, right? Yesterday, Michele had a big, long post about Twitter, and I was torn between feeling that I've really missed out on the Next Big Thing™ or that all these people really spent WAY too much time on AlGore's internet.

So ... today, I'm gonna check out Twitter and report back. WISH ME LUCK!

Update 1:

So, I'm signed up. And, apparently I'm sending out messages that are being read by ... only me. Shit, this fake social networking stuff doesn't seem much different from IRL stuff ...

Update 2:

I see the error in my plan. From the Twitter FAQ:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

I'm supposed to already have those friends and co-workers. I feel like I've been lied to.

Update 3:

Ok, I went over to Michele's place and somehow now I'm following her. Is it just me, or doest that have that creepy stalking vibe? To be honest I have no idea what this following entails or how to do it.

Update 4:

Ok, this Twitter thing is turning out to be a big mistake. I'm realizing and contemplating things one shouldn't have to do on their 41st birthday. Not only have I no friends or coworkers, I can't even get my family to read my blog, let alone "follow me" on Twitter.

It's my birthday, so it should be OK for me to start drinking at ... 9:07 am, right?

Update 5:

At this point, I'd have to give Twitter two thumbs down. It's left me confused, unfulfilled, and depressed. It would appear that if you have a great ACTUAL social life, you'll do gangbusters on Twitter. So ... what do you need it for? Those of us losers, stuck in the house with their kids with absolutely no social life? Twitter is a cold, harsh reminder of just how pathetic you are.