Ok, so I’ll say it.
Twitter is ridiculous. That is not to say that I won’t tweet for marketing purposes.
And I do pop in from time to time to lurk, a voyeur who finds some of the things celebs and other folks post fascinating. And I almost always like what Guy Kawasaki and his ghost-tweeters post.
But usually, Twitter content is silly.
My husband notes that it takes a pretty big ego to believe that others care about what you are doing every minute of your life. Which is what a lot of Twitter and Facebook postings cover. And probably why celebutards like Ashton Kutcher and Diddy are master-tweeters.
Do we really care what someone is having for lunch? or what music they are listening to? Or that they just finished a workout? Do we want to see a photo of Kutcher’s wife bending over in her panties?
The image management that goes on among some who participate in social media is particularly amusing. Such posts as “am settled in my easy chair with a single-malt scotch reading Proust” crack me up. (Yeah, right, you de man!)
A few of my Facebook friends post this kind of crap. It’s especially amusing when the wine they say they’re so elegantly sipping is actually the equivalent of two-buck-chuck. And they don’t know it. They think they look so suave, but the unintended effect is an image of them in fake ascot drinking brown-bag wine Ripple. Not what they had in mind.
Twitter is really just a cross between a big AOL chat room and instant messaging.
There are Twitter “cliques” (whenever I see the term “Twitter family” I throw up a little in my mouth) and people have running conversations together. Like we did in AOL chat rooms. Back in the day.
But at 140 characters per tweet, it’s less efficient. It’s hard to follow the stream unless you’re sitting in front of the screen all day.
I can’t figure out why people do this. How they find the time. And why they think it’s a fulfilling way to interact with people.
Because it seems like massive amounts of time to be hooked to the screen. Instead of out living.
Right now, it’s a craze. But I feel sure that Twitter is going to fade away in time, just like AOL chat rooms did. Because it has no intrinsic value.
There has to be some interesting research in communications grad schools all over the nation. Am dying to read some social psych dissertations on this topic.
And I’m going to look for them.