So, I sucked it up and joined Twitter. I didn’t get it before I joined, and I still don’t get it now.
Well, that’s not 100% true. Before I joined, I thought Twitter was just like a whole bunch of Facebook statuses on one page. So, pages full of things like “I am going to work,” “When will it stop raining?” and “My baby pooped on the potty today.” However, I was on a message board recently where that same perception was expressed, and everyone said “Oh no, that’s not what Twitter is all about! Its great for business and networking, and while some people use it like a Facebook status update, that’s not what its there for.”
So, I thought, I’m a contemporary woman. I like the Internets, and everyone seems to be loving the Twitter, I’ll give it a shot. Aside from that, I’m a fascinating person, and people want to know more about me. As in, more than my Facebook status, blog posts, voicemails & e-mails can offer. I signed up, found some friends to follow, picked a few celebrities to follow (Michael Ian Black, the dude from E Weekly, and Coldplay, where I imagine the second Mr. Julie, Chris Martin, himself is Tweeting. Naked).
So far, I’ve found Twitter falls into these categories of Tweets: This is what I’m doing, Here I am pimping my blog/new album/clothing line, This is what I like right now, and cryptic messages to other Tweeters (Twitterers?). So, its exactly what I thought it would be. I think I need to branch out a bit more to get it, though. I’m following three people who regularly Tweet, a few stars, and a bunch of people who don’t Tweet at all. I’m going to spend some time finding some additional interesting people (no offense to those I’m already following). Also, I set up my Tweets so that you have to ask to view them. Because I’m clearly all about the privacy (insert eye roll here). Seriously, I just thought it would be weird to have strangers follow me, then I realized: I have a public blog, what does it matter? Maybe I’ll “meet” some new people that way.
Plus, I’m starting to find this Twitter culture fascinating. I was watching Sports Center the other night with J, and they showed and read Tweets between two football players, trash talking each other over Twitter. And on Thursday, Michael Jackson’s death shut down Twitter,
because it was so bogged down with Tweets. For someone who gets 90% of her news via Facebook, I feel like I need to be involved in this aspect of pop culture.
So, my Twitter goals are to follow more, allow others to follow and Tweet more. Just like Jesus would do. Oh, and to stop singing “Ooops There Goes My Shirt” when I hear the word Tweet.
PS: For anyone who wants to follow me, I’m @juliep33. Did I do that right?