Writer’s Block: Twitter For a Nitwitter Like Me

By Corinne Wnek

When did it all get so crazy? I’m talking about people who have to post updates on social networks about the daily ‘events’ of their lives. Now, I don’t mean something like “Good news! Mom’s surgery went well!” I’m talking more like “Out shopping and SNAP! Couldn’t find the shoes I was looking for. Anyone else having a bad day?” Thousands of people do this over and over again all day long, via Facebook or Twitter, in the belief that other people live for this information.

Now, I’m all for good communication and keeping in touch but this kind of networking has gone viral. How does anyone find the time to post updates or ask questions hour after hour and day after day? I guess my life is just not that interesting. And I’m the first to admit it. I’m also not all that tech savvy. Initially, Facebook was a challenge for me but when it comes to Twitter, I’m still a nitwitter.

My struggle here is that it’s pretty tough to find a good description of exactly what mode of communication this is and how Twitter differs from email or even instant messaging. And I’m not so sure I really want ‘followers’, given my level of paranoia these days. I’m old-fashioned and still like personal contact with my ‘friends’.

On the other hand, people who tweet, that is, send messages out on Twitter, say this form of communication is safe, efficient, helpful and informative. Hmm, I wonder if Anthony Weiner would agree with that.

The problem for me with all of this ‘ubersphere’ communication is that I’m never really sure where it’s going or who is going to see all of my postings. Sure, I know about privacy controls, but maybe not so sure that I set them correctly or that some cyber glitch won’t make them go ballistic.

As for me, if you want me to know something, call me. Email is okay, too, and that only took me a few years to get used to. Not trust. Just to get used to. For sure, I won’t be trick or tweeting next week!

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