Saturday, June 28, 2008

Do not hate me because I don't get Twitter...

I would like to preface this post by saying that the following is only my opinion. Please feel free to pour the margaritas, and rim the glasses liberally with salt before continuing to read....

I just don't get IT. Twitter. All the rage! Is it just me? Maybe it's an age thing. Somehow at the deliciously ripe age of 46, dipping into Twitter would make me feel well... kind of like a middle-aged woman wearing clothes designed for a 20 year old. Or having a thong leaking out of my pants. You can be sexy in your 40's without dressing as if...

Let's just say it...I'd feel like a TWIT. Just in case you didn't know, a twit is a foolishly annoying person. And I don't believe that is the intention. If you use Twitter, you're cool, hip and cutting edge. Well, I'm not sure I want to be cutting edge. I just don't want to be plugged in at all hours of the day and night. I have a cell phone. I blog. I spend hours time on the internet. I have a land line telephone and I email throughout the day. And really, my innermost thoughts are just not all that interesting. When I do get what I think is a juicy little thought, I save it for my blog posts. And there you have it...

Do not hate me because I don't get Twitter... I think I'd rather keep the illusion going on in my head that I'm hip, cool and with IT without Twitter. It's a fragile illusion and at 46 you've got to hold on tight to your fishnets.


** Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss picture courtesy of Google Images


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38 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm with you 110%!

Manager Mom said...

You know, I was twitter-resistant for a long time, and now I LOVE it. Because it's just bite-sized chunks of pointlessness, and I'm all about the pointless. :-)

Jen said...

I totally agree with you. I want to LIVE life, not be chained to my computer, waiting to see what is being said on Twitter. I need human interaction, face to face, from time to time. Pretty soon we will never leave our homes, and that is the scariest concept yet.

Memarie Lane said...

I am with you, and I'm a 32 year old spring chicken. :P It's not that I don't GET it per se, it's that there's enough social networking overload as it is without adding something as invasive as that. It's like a technological colonoscopy. I eat plenty of fiber, TYVM.

Sorry, it's early.

Kizz said...

I feel about Twitter the same way I felt about texting. I know I have to dig my heels in against it because if I ever go over to the dark side I probably will love it and won't be able to dig myself out and I'll never get anything done at all EVER. I didn't text for a long time and now I love it and it's possible I'll never hold another regular phone conversation if I can help it. Technology caters to my inner hermit.

Lisa Milton said...

I joined the twitnation a couple of weeks ago, but unlike blogging, it didn't take over my world. I don't have the time for that anyway.

But I hear you. I can't keep up with all the social interfaces: Facebook, etc.

It's just too much.

(And you are hip and cutting edge. Period.)

HRH said...

You are so funny. I didn't like Twitter at first and it is slowly growing on me. I felt like it was too much pressure to write something witty in 140 characters. The disconnect didn't make sense. Then I loved Plurk from minute one because it is more of a conversation, but Twitter has grown on me a bit and I have actually conversed now that my circle of friends on Twitter has increased. BUT I spend VERY little time on either and really enjoy the blogging thing much more.

Kellan said...

I signed up for a Twitter account and have not used it once. I don't understand Twitter and I won't be using it much.

Have a good day - Kellan

Kalynne Pudner said...

I was going to update my Twitter to read, "Hating JCK for not having Twitter." Because I'm just obnoxious that way! I enjoy being 46 in 20-year old hip clothes - what can I say? (LIE. I find it a nice little boredom antidote. And a way to post tidbits I want public without having to devote an entire blogpost to it.)

Hen said...

I don't know about the clothes...but I don't get twittering either - it just seems....well....twittery.

Hen

PS - did you seriously go somewhere called chuck e cheese - WHO dreamt that name up?

phd in yogurtry said...

I signed up for twitter to keep an eye on my tween. Thankfully he got bored with it. I did like the idea of posting little soundbites of the more interesting snippits of my day, but I agree, I'm already too plugged in with blogging.

Madge said...

i have never been to twitter. because i'm 41? maybe...

i don't get it and i don't want to. i'm already overwhelmed.

Rima said...

I don't get it either. I'm a Twitter dropout - I signed up for it a few months ago, but never used it and felt like a big honkin' loser when I tried to. I would delete my account if I could figure out how!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I'm having a little affair with Twitter too. But it's down and spazzing out so often that it becomes more frustrating than anything else.

Jennifer H said...

Completely agree with you. I tend to get annoyed when the phone rings too often, so I can't imagine keeping up with Twitter.

MamaGeek said...

Ditto to twitto!

I had it and dropped out just as fast. I barely have the time to BLOG let alone clog the blogosphere even more.

Heather said...

I am resisting the siren song of the twitter. I don't need anything else to distract me from laundry, cooking, cleaning, and caring for my family!

happygeek said...

Yeah, I am trying to cut back on my blogging, seems to get in the way of real life so I cannot imagine twittering. Who has the time? Maybe poeple whose chilren do not spend every waking moment thinking of way to destroy my house or each other.

g said...

I don't even KNOW what twitter is, so that's how dumb I am.

JCK says : Somehow at the deliciously ripe age of 46, dipping into Twitter would make me feel well... kind of like a middle-aged woman wearing clothes designed for a 20 year old.

My favorite phrase to describe this phenomenon is "mutton dressed as lamb."

Being older that JCK, I often ask myself whether I am going out in public as "mutton dressed as lamb."

it gives me a gut-check.

I don't think I mind "mutton dressed as Audrey Hepburn." but "mutton dressed as Lindsey Lohan" is Seriously Wrong."

Denise said...

I'm just now getting the texting thing down. Jeesh!

{Karla} said...

well, hon (;0)

Let me enlighten you. I did a post on how to use Twitter and get something out of it. You can read it here: How Not to Be a Twitter Nit Wit And feel free to share it with all of your commenters who don't get it either.

xo ~K

Marinka said...

My problem with twitter is that I kept writing things like "I'm sitting at my computer wondering what I should write on Twitter." It seems useful if you're a stalker, otherwise I don't get it.

Cindi said...

I found this post on blog rush and I just had to comment.

I don't get Twitter or any other of the social networking programs. I made a Facebook page to see what would happen and all I received for social networking was my kids. They all found me and started posting. So now I have my kids bugging me in My Space and now Facebook. I am scared to Twitter (lol).

Great Blog by the way!

Cindi (48 year old non-hip mom)

reneedesigns said...

I'm not too sure on the Twitter thing. I don't think I need another internet addiction. Its all I can do to keep up with my blog, reading others and e-mailing. My toddler screams when I get near the computer "Noooo not the puter" and that's not good.

But then again, like Managermom I'm all about the pointless. So maybe.

Elizabeth said...

LOVED the mutton dressed as a lamb comment...I'll have to remember that. No time to twitter...I already spend so much time reading all you wonderful boggers, I barely remember to write my own posts!

Pax, EJT

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

I am right there with you--I keep calling it Tweety as in the bird (that's how clueless I am)

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

I love this post! And you will possibly pee laughing when I tell you that this was the first post I read after signing up for Twitter! Having resisted for evah - I'm trying. I may bail if it looks like more work than fun, something that I fight with the blog as it is.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

At the not QUITE as ripe age of 36, I totally agree with you. Plus, I don't need another timeSUCK in my life.

KEEP BELIEVING

San Diego Momma said...

I've been twittering...but it's hard enough for me to sustain comprehensible posts of 100-words or more. Add to that the pressure of trying to be witty twitty in under 100 words, and I'm on the verge.

I think it's just another way for us to connect with each other...and for that, I'm liking it. It certainly does add another layer to the computer addiction though...

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

Mrs. G. said...

Like many of your commenters, I am happy to just know how to post on Blogger-I'm just not that interested or interesting.

Angeline said...

I'm gonna stand by you on this. So many have gone into the twitter thingy and many have asked me to join in the 'fun'...

seriously I wonder do they switch off their pc at all, 'cos there are so many stuff that goes through my head every other minute. I'll probably be running back to the keyboard so often, I won't even have time to eat.

anyhow, everyone have their likes and dislikes....I'm glad, I finally found one person who is so-not-into-Twittering...


(hey girl, there's an award for you over at my blog, go claim it!)

Reluctant Blogger said...

oh I love it. I think it takes a while to get into it but it's great for making silly comments on stuff and you get some really funny conversations going on. It is good because you just dip in and out. I log in when I am cooking and just post a few bits and it's great. You need a couple of mates to do it with tho really.

It's just lighthearted fun. I don't ever bother to read the public timeline.

I also do Plurk!

Janet said...

"Do not hate me because I don't get Twitter... I think I'd rather keep the illusion going on in my head that I'm hip, cool and with IT without Twitter. It's a fragile illusion and at 46 you've got to hold on tight to your fishnets."

My stockings are black lace, but other than that I'm with you. I thought about it, but it just seemed like one more thing to keep up with. I don't do Facebook for the same reason.

Manic Mommy said...

I'm just too tired most of the time to learn any more new technology right now. The concept intrigues me somewhat but I think I'd rather spend my time developing relationships in the blogosphere (aka my real life).

Suzanne said...

No idea of what twitter is...but this reminds me of facebook. I have a few friends who are all about posting on facebook, leaving messages and pictures...and quite frankly, I can't keep up!

I'm with you JCK, 46 may be the new 26, but there's just too many books I want to read first.

Magpie said...

i'm with you. and i don't get facebook either...

painted maypole said...

i don't get it at all either. a friend of mine was trying to talk me into doing it, and the more she explained it the more I thought "i have better things to do all day than twitter. it sounds really lame!" of course, 2 years ago I never would have dreamed I'd be blogging, so who knows?

Shellie said...

I am so glad I'm not the only one who just can't understand twitter. What ever happened to just living?

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