Post by bixaorellana on Sept 27, 2010 13:23:34 GMT
I wish someone would explain the point of Twitter to me. I can't even criticize it, as its appeal so completely escapes me. Either click on the link above or here: twitter.com/ and go to "Top Tweets". ~??~ What? Why? And every website, blog, etc. has "follow me on Twitter!" Even if you were determined to turn your brain to mush by following all this random remarking, when would you find the time?
I don’t get the point of Twitter at all. Why do people feel the need to write about their most inane thoughts 24/7? And, eagerly read others’ inane thoughts? The other day I was with an acquaintance who is wired into all of this stuff. Her cell phone rang incessantly (she always picked up), talked very loudly (as people on cells always seem to do), cast eager glances at me as she talked (thinking I was vicariously appreciating this fascinating moment)….felt the urgent need to check some Tweet from her partner and ‘shared’ with me…’Hey, Jason found his lost sneakers in the closet in the spare room!’. Well, you can appreciate that this was the highlight of my day . I counted the moments until she left.
I think it's subjective and individual. I prefer quality to quantity. If I am with another person, he or she is the focus of my attention in the moment and I choose not to leave them dangling while I answer phonecalls etc. Later, I will catch up on messages. I think it shows a lack of respect for the person that you are with, and a narcissism or selfishness on your part if you spend time on your cell/ texting/ tweeting while sharing time with another individual.
That's another mysterious thing ~~ the previous, accepted etiquette of not abandoning the person you're with in order to carry on a phone conversation has not carried over at all to the various in-touch crapola people carry around with them nowadays.
Another thing I don't get -- anything on Twitter is essentially a blurb, with a 140 character limit per Tweet (is that the right term?) The US govt. is on Twitter, the Vatican is on Twitter, NOAA Twitters. Now, presumably those august bodies aren't tweeting about Jason's sneakers, right? So anything they write would have to be followed up with googling, flicking on the tv news, etc. So-o-o-o, once again ~~ what's the point of Twitter?
In Latin a void 'ane', so to be 'in' an 'ane' is to be in a void, hence empty and useless. The word 'asinine' (devoid of intelligence) is actually a corruption of 'assinane' which means in old Roman that it isn't a clever thing to hang your backside over the top of the castle walls (between the crenellations) when you want a crap. You are in effect putting your ass over or in a void, which you could easily topple over backwards into.
My 'leg pulling' always has a basis in truth, in whatever small way. Unless it is so ridiculous it is obvious from the very start. Unfortunately that is how my mind works and it is burden I alone can bear. My sense of the ridiculous is acute and has dogged me throughout my long and unserious life. Even though I do enjoy sharing it with you.
I am really a dinosaur. I'm still at the point of trying to imagine multi-purpose phones.
What I don't understand is how other people's Twitters are checked. Almost every site now has a "follow me on Twitter!" blurb. If you subscribed to all those different Twitters, would you get a display with the various updates, or do you have to go to the individual accounts?