Yes, I have a Twitter account. Yes, it’s private. That’s because I discuss work things on there, and … well, I need to have a channel to vent to keep out of a padded room. Twitter’s where I do that. Yes, I’m kinda restrictive as to who I add—unlike Facebook, where I accept most requests [if I feel like I know you from somewhere else, whether meatspace or online], lots of people get told no on Twitter.
Frankly, I’m always stunned that people who aren’t my local friends would follow me on Twitter. I post a lot, and I say a lot of bad words. It can’t be pretty. It can be funny, or so I’ve been told.
I used to post tweets here; I decided that made no sense for me once I locked the account down. Even since then, my thoughts have changed — I feel like Twitter is its own channel, and you either want to follow me there, or you don’t. So when I look at Mark replicating his tweets on his blog, well … it makes me a sad panda.
If you don’t follow me, here’s what that looks like, for the last week …
If you follow me on Twitter, well … you’re probably surprised that FUCK isn’t the largest word on there. Y’all, I am, too.
I use Twitter to keep touch with my friends. It’s fun for that. It’s casual. I don’t feel a burden to truly keep up with it, but I try. If I miss stuff … I miss stuff. It’s just gonna happen. I think of it as a narrowcast channel: it’s not really there for one-to-one, but it’s not a broadcast, either. That’s not to say that there aren’t a bunch of ways to use Twitter.
But while I’m on the “ways to use Twitter” bandwagon:
- RT’ing, or re-Tweeting, annoys the hell out of me in most situations. I think via is okay; it does, as chockenberry notes, force the user to provide context.
- Yes, there are some shady marketroids on Twitter. There are follower whores. However, this isn’t spam. It might be unwanted, but on Twitter, you choose who you follow. If it bothers you that people can read that you were just at the pub downtown, well … either make the thing private or stop caring about that. Just don’t call it spam. Spam sucks, but this isn’t that.
If this were actually posted on Twitter—and it’s not, because it’s well over 140 characters—IT WOULD PROBABLY BE IN ALL CAPS AND HAVE LOTS OF SWEAR WORDS.
FakeGFMorris is kinda funny. It drove me nuts until I learned who was behind it.