Friday, October 22, 2010

So I'm On Twitter

I joined Twitter a couple of weeks ago. Mainly due to seeing a few blog posts from people extolling the site in driving traffic to their blogs.

(Hey, I'm not afraid to admit I want traffic. I think this blog should be required reading, especially for the Mensa type crowd. After all, as intelligent as they may be, I think this place would provide them some satisfaction in their superior intelligence. They could thank their lucky stars that they're not as stupid as me.)

So this means I'm a twit, in more ways than one. But I'm kind of getting into this whole Twitter thing.

One thing that disturbs me though is the ominous message across the top of my Twitter home page that reads:

Psst... the new version of Twitter is here.   Try it now!

Well, psst.... the old version is new to me. Like any other old decrepit geezer I harbor a deep resistance to change. It's human nature, especially the older you get to be, to fear change. When I was younger, not so much fear. I boldly embraced moving on from 8-track tapes to cassettes. I then even moved on from them to CD's. I moved on from leisure suits as well with little to no mental scarring as well. Tidy whities were replaced with boxers.

(I'm still mulling that choice as a not particularly wise one though. I had a pair of boxers which were a little on the short side once and any type of "excitement" allowed a peekage event to occur. You know, kind of like a Jack-In-The-Box scenario. You get "Jack" wound up enough even he's going to pop out on you.

That probably isn't one of my prouder revelations shared here. But I take solace in the fact that there'll be others as mind numbing as that one displayed in the future.)

Anyway, back to Twitter.

So I stare at this message and recall when "new Twitter" was a trending topic. Most of the comments were unflattering. (See, even an old decrepit geezer like me investigates, and in this case to see my fear may not be unfounded.) So I haven't hit that "Try it now!" button. But I know one day I'm going to log in to Twitter and the new version is going to be the only version. I guess I'll muddle through some how.

But back to what I like about Twitter is the blogs I've found, and liked, and either added to my follower list or blogroll. This has been a great source for finding great blogs to read. I've got to tell you there are some talented and seriously funny people there. I aspire to be like them.

I don't have a huge following as of yet. I guess people haven't embraced following a stupid and needy persona, such as mine, to date. But I'm hopeful.

If you're inclined, feel free to hit that "Follow Me On Twitter" link in my sidebar. I promise you a world of fabulously witty mundane and boring ass tweets of mine to peruse. Especially if you're a part of the Mensa crowd, and stuff. Your feeling of superiority will soar.


darev2005 said...

I guess in one small way I have one up on you. I've been a twit most of my life, yet have never been on twitter. And if I found any more cool blogs to read I would never make it to work.

Patricia Rockwell said...

I'm so afraid to try the "new Twitter" too. The old Twitter is about the most thoroughly confusing piece of hieroglyphics I've ever encountered.

FallDown Girl said...

As a friend of mine put it, "You young kids need to get your Twitter offa my technological lawn!". But, as a new blogger myself, I see the need for Twitter as well. I'm sure it will grow on mold.

Dazee Dreamer said...

was already following you. I must be a trendsetter

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

In the excitement, I’ve just started following you on Twitter. I forgot I had an account there, and am astonished to see I have ten followers (of whom I am very proud). I’m aiming for eleven by the end of the year, so fingers crossed.
The enigmatic, masked blogger

Jane said...

This is hillarious. Maybe I'll take the plunge and join you on twitter.


Sam said...

Wow JPT-I'm impressed. I have not yet joined Twitter I have enough trouble with FB and um FB. But if I figure out how to get on there-I will most definately follow you.
No doubt you will sleep soundly tonight knowing that.

MichelleLCSW said...

I've resisted the urge to join Twitter - mostly because I end up getting too addicted to stuff, and I waste so much time on FB as it is (which I am slowly weaning myself from...because now I am addicted to reading peoples blogs here!). Can't I just claim uber-coolness for following you here on your O.B. ("original blog")?! I think all of your "followers" on your O.B. should be grandfathered in with "Uber-Cool" status!! P.S. You can't be a geezer if you're tweeting! ;)

Charlene said...

I haven't done much Tweeting on Twitter and only follow a few sites. So, I am following you now. PLEASE don't do the "retweet" thing. I hate that. If I wanted to know what someone you like said, I'd follow every person on your list! SMILE

Anonymous said...

I'm on Twitter a lot, too much. I really like the new Twitter. I think it's pretty and has lots of nice features. Some are still a little quirky, but I assume they are working on it. One of the things I like is being able to click on the arrow to the right of the post and see some links open to the right without leaving your timeline. This is a big one for me because I follow a lot of TV people that post pictures/videos. Another example is if you see a retweet and want to see more on the original author, you click on their name to see an abbreviated home page with their latest tweets to the right without leaving your timeline. You can visit a full profile from there. Hard to describe this stuff, so just try it out--there's an option to leave the preview if you don't like it. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

The new Twitter is actually quite good. People just resist change. Take the plunge now and you won't know the difference.

Mustang Sally said...

Thus far I've resisted both Twitter and Facebook, and MySpace before them. I suppose that sooner or later, I'll have to succumb. For the time being I think I'm okay with things. Hell, it's only been the last year that I finally broke down and got a cell phone.

Taurus (as all fixed signs are) is highly resistant to change.

Sarahf said...

I'm trying to get into Twitter, I even follow you, but I just can't be arsed with it. I think I'll always be a Facebook girl.