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Twits on Twitter 3

What Leonard Pitts said.

I don’t have a Twitter account and intend not to get one. (I do have a Facebook account, at the request of someone I know, and it has returned unexpected dividends.)

Howsomever, since some of the persons I am “Facebook friends” with Twitter and have their Tweets forwarded to Facebook, I have seen the Millennium. “X is at work.” “X has a headache.” And so on.

They make the average Facebook status update look like War and Peace.

If I follow someone as a writer or a blogger or a public figure of any sort, I’m not interested in tracking the movements of the humdrum day-to-day routine; I have my own humdrum day-to-day routine, thank you very much.

I’m interested in following words, deeds, and ideas, not errands or trips to the restaurant.

Really, what’s the point?

(Aside: I can see it amongst of a bunch of teenagers. When I was a teenager, I didn’t have much of a life either. But if the Repulsican Party thinks that it can revitalize its fortunes by learning tweeting, it is bleating.)



  1. phillygrrl

    March 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I tend to think everyone is as obsessed with myself as I am, but that’s just my own superficiality and narcissism :).

    All joking aside, I have found Twitter useful in terms of promoting a blog and getting in touch with folks. There’s a whole Twitter audience that I find I can’t reach through facebook or simply through my writing.

    Let’s face it, we live in the sound-bite society.

  2. Frank

    March 9, 2009 at 10:28 am

    (Grin)  I’m too old to (want to) change now.


    I think persons who have something to publicize should use every platform they wish–they are ultimately trying to push ideas into circulation.  A lot of the geeky podcasters I listen to use Twitter or or both.  The geekiest, Linux-iest ones lean to


    But they won’t find me following them there.

  3. Karen

    March 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Frank, you’re not alone. I’m too old to tweet. Better, I don’t want to.