Twitter: Let’s get this party started
Twitter. A-holes. Silly bird and cartoon T make me feel compelled to tweet. Too bad Conan’s Twitter Tracker is no more; now he can’t follow me.
Last year, I posted my position that was not exactly anti-Twitter, but certainly not at all for it, either. I wondered whether it was a fad, and questioned its utility as a worthwhile endeavor on the Internets, where we use the Google and stuff.
Even then, I knew that post was the blogging equivalent of ice-skating uphill and revealing myself as an out-of-touch fuddy-duddy.
I think that column reveals more about me personally than about the Way We Live Now. I also think that it’s time to backtrack and take advantage of The Way We Live Now, rather than fighting it merely because it allows me to be a quieter and less plugged-in procrastinator. I should opt to be a noisier and more technologically dependent procrastinator.
Twitter, of course, represents a format of brevity and here’s-what-I’m-thinking-right-now. I’ve always assumed that people don’t particularly care what I’m thinking right now and would rather wait until I have a more comprehensive and organized collections of written-down thoughts that can be consumed over the course of 10 minutes rather than five seconds. You know, something that would necessitate — oh, I don’t know — at the very least 200 words, and more likely my more typical 2,000.
What I’ve come to realize — aside from the fact that someone who doesn’t maintain a Twitter feed is an out-of-touch fuddy-duddy — is that the format of brevity is something that can be used to facilitate additional content from someone like me who tends to be a procrastinator. It can be my friend rather than my enemy.
You see, between my job and my personal life and the amount of content I consume on television and online, I find it hard to be the timely and consistent blogger/reviewer that I’d truthfully like to be (it’s just one more thing on my plate, which I’m constantly trying to clear) and for a long time Twitter seemed not only semi-pointless because it represents the sort of brevity that I’m absolutely not known for, but also because unleashing it upon myself would be just one more beast to feed in a never-ending array of content platforms — in addition to having to justify myself to the “where are the TNG reviews” crowd, which includes among its chief members, me, myself, and I. (The TNG reviews are coming this year after I reset my schedule, I promise…)
What I think I’ve been convincing myself of over the past few months is that because of its brevity, Twitter is the sort of venture that might work for me, because I can just dash off a thought and put it out there into the ether for others to consume, hopefully sparking a conversation. I need not be so deliberate for that. Deliberation is for blogs, which is a statement that should be read with extreme sarcastic irony, since blogs were by definition — when they were invented — what Twitter and Facebook status updates are now. Now blogs represent the place where in-depth writing (sometimes) happens. What a difference a decade makes.
So, the Jammer’s Blog & Reviews Twitter feed is now officially launched. Start following me at once. Because if you don’t, you are obviously as out of touch as the former me. The former me that I no longer am, because I’m TWEETING, dammit!
I think I see some possibilities here, like the notion of “micro-reviews” for whatever content passes before my eyes on a given day, if I feel the need to comment. Or perhaps even if I don’t. The pure ease of updating with a platform like Twitter means that I can be sitting on the couch, see something I love/hate/am neutral on, and can decide to pull out the cell phone and send a text update to Twitter with whatever stream-of-pointlessness exists in my mind.
Will it be worthwhile? At this point, I can’t say. But I’m going to give it a try.
One thing is for certain: My fiancee is going to LOVE this! Text updates from the couch to my Twitter followers? Awesome! Now that’s the sort of person you want to be engaged to. Me! On Twitter!