Earlier this year, I kind of made fun of Twitter. And people who use Twitter. I kind of called them things like "insane" and "isolated" and "distracted." I would like to officially apologize to anyone who felt offended by those statements.
Completely unrelated, I'm now trying out Twitter myself. I could tell you that I'm not doing it for the fame or the money or the inevitable product endorsement requests I'll get. I could tell you that it's purely a professional endeavor as I continue to try to keep my finger on the pulse of Internet culture. I could tell you about how I'm trying out different Twitter interfaces, APIs, applications, and related tools as a part of research for various projects.
All of these things might be true to some degree, but really, at some base level, I don't know why I'm doing it, and I reserve the right to pull the eject handle at any time. But for now - cringe - I'm there.
4 thoughts on “Entertain us! Distract us! Compel us!”
We all wonder how we got on Twitter. And then we just keep doing it like we never had misgivings about it.
You will be assimilated! 🙂
(Like the title..!)
Here's a handy antidote, just in case things start cycling viciously...
i don't know what to say. i wish you had consulted me first, but i respect your independence. i hope to hear brilliant reflections on how your life has changed, soon.
I like Twitter, kind of. It won't accept SMS from my phone, so I have to post from another service, jott.com that takes voice and transfers it to text. And that means the tweets aren't always what I wanted to say b/c of voice recognition problems. But Twitter's fun. And I too said I'd never get on it. I said "Who'd want to follow me around?" but you can only be stalked if you tweet everything you do, which, if you do that, you deserve to be stalked.