Samara O'Shea

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I’ve been on the fence about joining Twitter. The reason I’ve hesitated for so long is because I wonder When does it end? What’s next after Twitter? Considering that MySpace was followed by LinkedIn and Facebook and FB followed by Twitter? There will always be more social networks to be a part of! (And none of them will bring enlightenment or salvation).

Of course, I see the appeal and the point of these networks. I’ve met many people and gotten back in touch with old friends through Facebook. But I do exhaust myself at the thought of having to obtain and maintain a presence on so many social sites.

I’ve just come to my conclusion: No Twitter! I decided after reading this excellent article from The Daily Beast: Twitter Jumped the Shark this Week by Mark McKinnon. Here’s a sample from his write-up:

But I’m giving it up. I know I’ll get roasted for being anti-tech. But, what I really am is pro meaningful communication. And somewhere along the Internet highway we fell under the spell that more communication is better communication. Sometimes more communication is just noise.


5 Responses to “To Tweet or Not to Tweet”

  1. Care Says:

    I agree! No twittering twit I’ll be. I’m still a little unnerved with Facebook.

  2. Andrea Says:

    Hi Samara,
    Thanks for sharing that. I couldn’t agree more!

  3. Wendy Says:

    I liken it to mingling at a party. You check in, see who’s there, hang out for a few, talk if you want (or don’t) and then step out again.

    And like a party, you might meet some interesting, entertaining or useful people to network with. Or you might run into a jerk who spills a drink on your silk blouse.

    So, if you don’t like that kind of stuff you probably won’t like Twitter.

  4. Carla Says:

    I haven’t done the Twitter thing. I enough to do already! I do like Mark McKinnon’s comments about writing real letters!

  5. Matthew Says:

    Twitter is a perfect example of people thinking they are far more interesting then they really are.

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