first- my apologies to those of you that use twitter. its not my intention to insult you or your need to keep other informed . . about what you're doing . . every . . . minute. you may want to skip this post.
second- i'm a blogger. i do it mainly for my family and also for those interested in the foreign service life. i write when i think something is interesting and stay away from posts that are no more than "wow, i woke up and had cold cereal today!" or "i'm watching t.v. and laughing at this craziness!". ok, i have a facebook account. you caught me. but i'm not a big fan of facebook either. i rarely look at it, usually once a month or less.
third- twitter. not a fan. it reminds me of the mid-nineties, when the internet forums and bulletin boards were the big news place for exchanging thoughts and ramblings. only twitter brings that same flow of info at a faster, mind numbing rate. if you look up the definition for the word twitter, it says "a short burst of inconsequential information." I'll concede it's a viable form of communication if it could find a place in the world where it could be used to add something of value or content. but after reviewing a slew of tweets on the twitter website, it seems like nothing more than comments that are either incorrect, out of date, or just nonsensical. twitter even says, many people drop off using the site after a month or so. i expected adopters of this site would fall in the 11 to 17 yr range but they say that age group only accounts for 10% of their users. so maybe i'm in the minority and the majority of users are people that want to keep tabs on what their friends are doing. but that's ok with me. i'm content with filtering what i do in my daily life down to only the moments i want to share. it's the same with talking to someone face to face. obviously they know what you're doing at that moment, but each of you talk about something that may be of interest to the other. well, most of us do that. some people talk regardless of who the audience is, and can say the same thing a day, hour or minute later. but i'm getting off topic. i'll close with a bit of satire from supernews!, who said, twitter is an addiction to "self-affirmation" and tweets are "shouts into the darkness hoping someone is listening". well said. now i'm off to go do something you really don't care or need to know.