GEEZER: I think it is possible that my head is going to explode. Today I joined Twitter to add to my portfolio of social network nuisances. I haven’t figured Twitter out yet, but it totally goes against one of my personal Mantras which goes like this: “If brevity is next to godliness, then I’m going straight to Hell.” Come on, 140 characters?? At 140 I haven’t even exhaled my first breath. My second Twitter, I’m exhaling and I see the character count at negative 20. Delete, delete, delete X 20 times. I had to go get a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating. I’m staying away from it for a couple of days until I catch my breath.
And this whole stupid Twitter thing is on top of Facebook, Linked In, Plaxo, Zoom, MySpace, Digg, Delicious and who knows what else I’ve signed up for that has me wrapped up like an Octopus. I’m not quite sure what for, what it all means, or where it is all going.
Maybe some day, social networking will involve getting together face-to-face, in the same room, where you can actually reach out and poke (in the arm) them for real. I think they used to have something like that long ago. I think they were called cocktail parties. Somebody get me some Zing Zang!!
ChiQ: wow, Geez. that was some rant. well…idk if this is gonna help, but i’ll have you know that the reason you’re so fed up with social networking is that you’re not from the right generation. not gonna lie, i probably could have set up your twitter in 15 minutes. ur also not a member of the txting/IMing/facebook chat generation….but i am. the abbrevs that result from it pop up in EVERY day conversation. how dumb is that? i mean, i’ll walk down the hall and hear snippets of conversations that involve “omg its totes legit” (translation for ya,Geez: oh my God, its totally legitimate!) or “brb-i g2g get my chem test…i def failed” (be right back-i gotta go get my chemistry test…i definitely failed). or “they’re not ofish cuz they’re not FBO.” (they’re not official cuz they’re not facebook official. aka one of the ways we keep our noses in everyone’s business) haha its just part of everyday “convo” now. and its somethin that the previous generation will never fully understand, nor will they be able to use our abbrevs. anyway, good luck with your social networking problems, Geezer. next time, phone a friend (aka MOI!) and ask her for some help. it’ll get things done soooooooo much quicker. ttyl. ttfn. g2g. l8rg8r.