Last year, I did what I was supposed to do as a new writer wanting to “make connections” and stay up on the latest industry news.
I joined Twitter. I’m the first to admit, I’m not an early adopter. I don’t like change. I was the one clinging to my VHS tapes when DVDs were becoming more popular. Granted, the reason I did this was because VHS was cheaper, but still.
I joined Myspace years after everyone else did. I wasn’t keen on joining Facebook because I rarely went on Myspace. Why did I need to join another social media site? Eventually, I did though. But I’m not a Facebook aficionado. It is fun to catch up on people’s lives, but that becomes boring after awhile.
I always feel like I’m missing something with Facebook. What are people doing that they can spend hours on it?
But that’s not the case with Twitter. I joined and immediately fell in love. The posts were fast and fast to read. There’s no superfluous information. All I have to care about or pay attention to are the posts.
It’s fun when someone tweets something random (and most tweets are random) and you connect with it. You reply and bam you’re having a conversation.
But I’ve gone completely off on a tangent.
What amuses me most about Twitter is how it’s become a news source. I imagine that the founders thought it would be a place for friends to talk to each other in real time and a place to make new friends based on shared interests. Which it is.
But it’s also a place that news organizations, especially the kind that report celebrity news, rely heavily on. And it cracks me up. I watch
too much a lot of ESPN. I know it’s not a Sportscenter until an anchor says, “Athlete A said blah blah blah on Twitter.”
It happens every night, and it’s great. There’s no need to conduct an interview or heck even ask for an interview. Athletes put it out there for everyone to see.
I don’t know why, but this amuses me to no end.
Do you like Twitter? What do you like most about it? Are you #teamtwitter or #teamfacebook?