Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm afraid of twitter

Twitter scares me.

I went to the twitter webpage to see what it's all about. There were no instructions. I don't understand all the @s, RTs and #s. I am sure they mean something, but I wouldn't know what.

And how do I know who to follow? What if no one wants to follow me? Then I will just be sad. And lonely. And wondering what the hashtags are for.

I am afraid that my husband will mock me for joining twitter.

And someone already has the handle I want- "eringirl." WTF? How did she get the same nickname as me? Can we take to the twitter and get my name back? I DO know how to organize angry blog mobs*, so really, she should be afraid.

Annnnnnnnnnd I might just have spent the last two years mocking people with a twitter and now I am afraid that I want one.

So there.

Ok all you twitter and non-twitter people alike... chime in. What should I do?

Also, I break all the rules we learned in elementary school about never starting sentences with "and" or "but."
I do it all the time. I win.

*Kim, did you write about this on your blog?! I tried to find something to link it to haha


  1. So far, this is what I gather about the twitter:

    It's only fun if people tweet with you. One day, I spent a couple hours on there, and all of a sudden people wanted to follow me. And so I followed them. And now, sometimes we tweet. Or twat. Whatev.

    Now, I don't know what I did that made people want to follow me. I'm guessing that I was tweeting with Jess, who already had her Twistas {I wish I could take the credit for that term, but no}, and so they all wanted to find out who the hell I was. And now, those are pretty much the only peeps I tweet with.

    But sometimes I feel like the uncool kid and try to tweet with people and they don't tweet back. Which then makes me sad and reminds of high school.

    The @s are just people's handles, RT is retweeting, which I ONLY do if someone said something that I feel MUST be sent to my tens of followers, and occasionally I use hashtags to punctuate my post. Or make sense of it.

    For example:
    Auto-play music. #ReasonsWhyIUnsubscribeFromYourBlog

    I went to the store at 10pm to get ice cream. #thisiswhyimfat

    Yes, Brandon will mock you. Oh well.

    If there is an ErinGirl, you can be @TheOriginalErinGirl or @TheFunnierErinGirl.

    And, as you know, I, too, construct my own rules of grammar.

    No, I did not give that Krazy any airtime on my blog.

    Wow. I can't wait to hit "post comment" to see how long this comment will go down. I wonder if it will go the end of your blog list. {Which, BTW, why do you have TWO blog lists?}

  2. Kim... you said twat... at this point in my very long day i find that so humorous that i actually LOL'ed. Thank you. I needed that.

    Erin. If you get a twitter, I will follow you. Well, wait. I will check in to see what you have to say since i do not currently tweet.

    Much Love,

  3. I won't make fun of you for using twitter. I will just fear losing my wife to one more social media outlet. Also I think you will need to refer to it as the twitter machine henceforth.

  4. I tweet! It's mostly for, well... exactly what it's supposed to be for. Social networking, which is really important in the art (and blogging) world, or so I hear.

    I started my Twitter account this month, and admittedly, I'm still figuring it out. Slowly. But I guess it's fun for me to post updates whenever I feel like it, and then it's fun being able to go back and see what I was doing or when I started a project or whatever.

    As for the social part, I've got 15 followers... woohoo, right?! Right?! I don't know. Haha. There's a link to my blog on my Twitter profile, so I guess I can only hope that I'm directing more traffic to my blog (and Beverly's blog when I write articles for them).

    So far? I'm neutral, but I simultaneously hope and dread that Twitter will win me over...

  5. I have a twitter account and I like it more for the entertaiment side of it. Not to mention it is a great tool when traveling. I won a $50 gift certificate from Marriott. We used it on one of our short trips. We have got discounts or deals when we went to Vegas.

  6. i do it and i'm kind of new. so i don't have many friends on there and it's kind of boring because of that. also i only really tweet what i'm eating and who cares? hahaha.

    but if you get on i will follow you, and vouch that you are the way cooler eringirl.

  7. I didn't think it would be that great, but I joined it to see what all the fuss was about. If you don't take it too seriously it's a lot of fun! @ is how you talk to someone directly (tagging them in a tweet) and RT is re-tweeting something. # plus a word is a hashtag - you can click on those and see any tweets anyone's ever written about that topic.

    I say do it! I've been on for several months and sometimes I don't understand it but it can be fun, and I know a lot of moms who get good ideas/advice on there if that's something you're interested in.

    If you do it tell us so we can follow you!

  8. I'm totally with you erin!!! Twitter freaks me out because no matter how hard I try I cannot figure it out. (Kim - thanks for your advice, it helped!) Good luck! (And I like Kim's handle suggestions!)

  9. Kim, well said.
    Erin, once you "speak" the language, you'll be fine. I love it. it makes one place that i can follow people, get news, and funny stuff. twitter unlike facebook, forces people to be a bit more concise.

    if you want followers, being online helps, yes, but also being aware of when you post your public posts... #privatedefined

    They have also made it easier lately, but there are still people who have different accounts for different subjects, just like people have many blogs. I like it, and just found out that I can follow people on my "google reader"!