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Confessions of a Non Twitterer

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).

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Julie September 7, 2009, 9:05 pm

    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 =-.

  • Grandma September 9, 2009, 4:24 pm

    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!

  • Catherine September 14, 2009, 4:51 pm

    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.

  • Cyn @ WriteForEhow.com September 17, 2009, 11:22 pm

    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? =-.

  • ShelleyD December 1, 2011, 12:10 pm

    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.

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