Confessions of a Non Twitterer

| September 6, 2009 | 5 Comments

I had resisted signing up for a Twitter account when I first heard about Twitter. I couldn’t see a reason for Twittering.

Over time, I acquiesced and signed up. I checked out a few Twitter services and set up Tweet Later, automated my RSS feed through Twitter and maybe a couple of other things. I even spent a little time playing with my TwitWall. However, after the Twitter novelty wore off, I realized that I’m not a Twitterer.

I did tweet a time or two, but I just couldn’t keep up. I guess I’m too old fashioned. Too many conversations going on at one time overwhelms me (it’s like being at a loud party with everyone talking and no one listening).

The other aspect to Twitter that I couldn’t warm up to is the constant updates and need to update. Some tweets are very informative and some, well some are just plain unnecessary. I mean, some folks tweet about going to take a shower or walking to the store or even drinking a glass of milk. Maybe it’s me, but that’s just too much information that I’d rather not be privy to.

Twitter Direct Messages

I frequently get direct messages informing me that the sender has the answer to my online earning problems or, if I auto follow (a feature that I twitwallhave to disable), I usually get a reciprocal follow or direct message telling me to click on a link to read, buy or sign up for something.

The ‘always on’ quality of Twitter turns me off. I believe Twitter has its usefulness and there are many folks who utilize it well. Me, on the other hand, I don’t tweet well. After all, I’m one of the few people left on earth that doesn’t IM (instant message) and barely uses a cell phone (a habit that drives my daughter crazy).

Maybe one day I’ll really gain a liking for Twitter. In the meanwhile, I’ll stick with the forms of communication that work best for me (face-to-face, telephone and email).

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she’s not writing or commenting on NJFM, she’s either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. ShelleyD says:

    When I first tried my hand at blogging, one of the tool selections of a particular group was Twitter. It was shiny and new and I wanted to see how it fit. My use seems to go in spurts. I do find it’s a good source of information.

    I tend to chuckle a bit at followers, too. That’s kind of like the blind leading the blind.

    With so many social media avenues, I think we just have to find out what the best means of communication is for each of us. For me, it’s a little of Twitter, FB, and email.

  2. Cyn @ WriteForEhow.com says:

    I gave Twitter a whirl for a while. It wasn’t the minutiae of strangers’ lives that bugged me (although, yes, it can be a little oddly-creepy at times). What turned me off was the constant spammy tweets. Not typical spam, mind you, but the constant barrage of “Just wrote a new blog post, check it out!” kind of messages. Some people even had their eHow accounts set so that I was tweeted every time they wrote or commented on an eHow article. It got annoying, and I jumped ship. Maybe I’ll get back on Twitter when I am feeling less easily-annoyed. 🙂
    .-= Cyn @ WriteForEhow.com´s last blog ..Why So Many Questions? =-.

  3. Catherine says:

    It took me a few months to decide what to do with Twitter. I also do not have time for constant updates. I now try to Twitter while I’m doing research for my writing. Not only do I find something to say, I can also use the info to build interest for an upcoming article.

  4. Grandma says:

    I am not a Twitter user either. I just do not want to have to remember any more passwords, and do not want to register anywhere else. I have enough to remember already!

    Funny, though, my daughter told me the other day they are calling me “Twitter” because I text message short bits like “baby sleeping” and “baby awake” when they are out – so they do not open the noisy door fast and wake her up!

  5. Julie says:

    I too have tried twitter and found that I use it very little. I will occasionally Tweet links to articles that I have written but never really use it as a for communication. I do communicate a lot through Facebook however. The site seems more manageable.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Challenge of a Work-at-Home Mom: Leaving the Day Behind to Write =-.

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