Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Confessions of a Twitterphobe

The internet is all about Twitter these days. I'm doing my damndest to keep up, but it isn't easy.

I resisted Twitter for the longest, figuring that it must be a silly waste of time and that I had nothing to say in 140 characters to a bunch of people I didn't know. I signed up a few months ago, but remained totally intimidated. Every time I went to the site I felt like the wallflower at a college mixer. All those @ replies scared me a bit and I didn't know a RT from an RSVP.

Last week I finally downloaded Tweetdeck and got serious. I plunged in and have been learning by doing. I discovered the awesome power of this deceptively simple program. So now I'm on Twitter every day, following, being followed, and finding it a treasure trove of useful information and blog fodder. I get up to the minute breaking news, different slants on every topic under the sun and the most amazing inter-active search function. On top of it all it turns out there are a lot of very bright, very interesting and funny people on Twitter exchanging wisdom and witticism and guess turns out they are very friendly:-)

Time for the Twitter song! Check it out and follow me on Twitter:-)


Alda said...

OK - you've sold me. I've been a Twitterphobe too, have been skirting around it, but I'll have give it some serious attention now - as soon as I can find some time!

pinkpackrat said...

Yeah--problem with all the social networking sites is the time time time-- but twitter is the most useful of the bunch--just takes a little time to learn how to use it. Try tweetdeck--and don't forget to follow me:-)

Frieda Babbley said...

Oh great stuff. I have to say, I'm terrified of it. Hearing your story I may take a baby step. And if it makes any cooler, sure why not. I love the video. It's going to be one of those songs that gets stuck in my head. I'll find myself belting it out at odd moments I'm sure of it.
If I do get on twitter, I'll be sure to follow you.

pinkpackrat said...

I know Freid-- I love the song too. It's a keeper I think:-) Hope to see you soon on Ywitter.

JamaGenie said...

And what's wrong with being a wallflower?.... ;D

Okay, ya talked me into it. I'll get Tweetdeck and learn to tweet or re-tweet (or whatever it is you all do over there). And for sure I'll be following you!

Frieda Babbley said...

I loaded the deck. Now I guess I go to your twitter place and I'm guessing there will be a link there to sign up on and you get credit, right?