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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tweet Twit!

Yep, Tweet-twit--

That's me!  I'm trying to understand the fascination with Twitter.  Needless to say, I'm not exactly in a twitter about it!  I signed up about a year ago and cancelled my account within 24 hours.  I just wasn't getting it.  I'm still not.  I signed up again last week because the Bloggy Boot Camp list on SITS consisted of the attendees and presenters with their Twitter names.   I thought it might be an attendance requirement, so I signed up again with Twitter. 

queen_o_the_mat

My "handle" is prety cool:  In keeping with the theme, Wrestling With Retirement, I selected the name queen_o_the_mat.   It made sense to me.  Now you would think with such a unique name as mine, I would be the center of the nest, or whatever the hell you call it.  It's like the lull before the storm when I'm on line....nothing......no tweets in my direction.  I'm still not sure of the whole purpose of Twitter.


It seems that most of the "tweets"  are kind of useless.  Why I need to know someone just stopped at Starbucks to pick up a Latte is beyond me.  It's not like they're picking one up for me, too.  Wait, I don't even like Lattes or coffee!  I don't text on my phone, I don't own a blackberry, so I guess I'm just out of it.


I feel like the mentally ill homeless person you see roaming the streets, talking to herself.  I tweet, but no one is chirping back.  So I tweet again;  still no response.  I tweet again...and then I realize I look desperate; pretty sad.  I'm resigned to being a Twit Nitwit!



I'm really more a phone call kinda' girl.  I have unlimited long distance on my phone, so I could call any of these twitterers and chat with them live, if they were so inclined as to give me their phone numbers.  If a bird tweets  in the forest and there's no one there to here it, does it make a sound?  I think not....maybe I get around to it too late at night and all the birds are tucked in their nests for the night? 


queen_o_the_mat, here.  Twit-idiot, giving it up for the day!



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28 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I have a Twitter account that I used for one night, about 92 weeks ago, apparently. It freaked me out.

I have had several Twitterventions, including by Tiffany from SITS. I am presenting at one of the Boot Camps in a couple of months, and I still refuse. I am staying stubborn and strong!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I'm with you on this one. I don't get the whole Twitter thing. One recent post trying to educate people like me about the T. said a body has to tweet at least 8 times a day. She lost me right there. I get to blog about twice a week!
Rosemary

Ratz said...

Oh i was in Twitter... but eventually got over it... I am happier now after i deleted my FB and Twitter accounts!

Brian Miller said...

i have become so sporadic with it i am surprised anyone still reads mine...i have never really got it...oh well...

My name is PJ. said...

I don't understand Twitter or Facebook. I chalk some of it up to lemming mentality. If the rich and famous do it, we all gotta follow. I know, I know....judgmental of me. I'm going to hell.

Shoot, blogging is time consuming enough.....

Gaston Studio said...

Twitter is for the birds but Facebook I like, helps to keep in touch with old friends and family.

Jill said...

So funny! I joined Twitter for about 48 hours and then flew the coop!

Lynn said...

OK, I'm following you now on Twitter! I just starting tweeting a month or so ago. I'm not a huge fan, but use it to promote my blog posts. I haven't exactly set the world on fire, but it did definitely increase traffic to my blog.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

DJan said...

I hear you, Eva. I have never texted on my phone and see no reason to stay connected to the world any more than I already do. Facebook, however, keeps me in touch (with no limit on length) with my friends and family who like to put pictures up. I don't have a daily status update any more, but I used to until it got boring. Twitter has never drawn me in.

natalee said...

Im not that great at twitter either,,, I LOVE YOUR HANDLE!!!!! xoxox

Everyday Goddess said...

never a twitterer nor a tweeter be.

that's my motto.

glnroz said...

I think I am "age-edly challenged" for Tweeting or Texting. How much is a stamp nowdays?mm

Bossy Betty said...

I got a Twitter account and then just sat there and didn't know what to write or how to access others!!

Pat said...

I'm not a tweeter, either, just a "bird brain".

Steven Anthony said...

Ive had one for a yr and a half, and havernt used it in a yr and a half ;)

Xmas Dolly said...

I don't have it mastered, but slowly, but surely I think I'm getting the hang of tweeting. When i do give-aways I love when they do the tweet for you. Doing it myself I'm just not sure if I'm doing it right. SHEESH! I've put together a new meme for Monday's. It's called Monday's Music Moves Me. We had a lot of fun yesterday. Hope you stop by to check it out next Monday or come sooner grab our button to remind you. THANKS & I'm your latest follower.

K A B L O O E Y said...

I joined facebook twice for around 24 hours each time. And I've never tweeted (or twat, as Kathy Griffin says). I thought they'd get me when I went to BlogHer, but it didn't happen. And as much as I'd love some more traffic to my blog, I really don't want one more thing to fall behind on and feel guilty about.

The Constant Complainer said...

I avoided Twitter for the longest time. Eventually, I signed up, and I have a whopping 64 followers. I don't use it as much as I could or should.

A lot of people live and die by it though (i.e. Perez Hilton tweeting that he had been beaten up instead of calling 911 first).

I joined because a lot of people, and many bloggers, are migrating towards it and use it to respond quicker. It's also a great way for celebrities to communicate safely with their fans.

I'll start following you. I'm @ComplaintMan

The Constant Complainer said...

Eva, I am "officially" following you on Twitter! Some of you other Twitter haters should give it a try too!

Claudia said...

i just started to twitter - and i'm not so sure what to do there really - but i thought i would like to try it out..and still don't know what exactly to do - what happens if i retweet - what about the # sign….?
lots of questions - but i think - i take small steps and go ahead…
i don't like telephones….nah - i hate to make phone calls...

Eva Gallant said...

Goddess: I'm pretty close to agreeing with you!

Glen: I think I'll stick to email and telephone calls. (I don't know beans about texting, either!)

Steven: That makes me feel better!

Constant: Does this mean I'm a celebrity, now that you are following me. The question is if you're following, where the hell am I going??

Jen said...

I am one of the many that doesn't give a "tweet" about "twitter"!Face book, and 2 email addresses is plenty for me.

injaynesworld said...

Follow me on Twitter and then I'll follow you back and we can be Twitter twits together! My "handle" is Jayne_Martin

Joanna Jenkins said...

No Twitter for me either. I just don't get it. Maybe it's because the few times I looked around I immediately thought it was boring and/or too much information about some folks. Maybe I'm the boring one but I'm still passing.

Love your handle! If I Twitted, I'd Tweet you :-)
jj

Colie's Kitchen said...

What a great blog!! I am really enjoying looking around. Thanks for sharing!! I am now a new follower!! Nicole @ colieskitchen.com BTW I found you on Bloggy Blog Hop!!

Jenn Erickson said...

Eva, I totally agree with your sentiments toward Twitter. It seemed to be all the rage at Bloggy Boot Camp in San Fransciso and I left feeling a little freaked out that I wasn't yet as Twitter savvy as everyone else. Now that I've had a few weeks to mull it all over I realize that Twitter can be a huge tool in growing one's blog, but it's not the only one out there. I think it all depends on what your goals are for your blog, and how you want to communicate with your readers. I'm happy to Tweet the occasional bit of news or a fabulous find, but have decided that I'm going to continue focusing on content, communicating 1-on-1 with my readers, and using the FB Fan page forum to stay engaged.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I'm not much of the texting type either Eva - I actually still own a home phone and would much rather have a conversation with somebody on the phone, but I think we are in the minority. I HAVE to text my son or I'd never "talk" with him.

I do have a Twitter and Facebook account and I feel your pain. I have a basic cell phone - no iPhone or Crackberry or anything like that so I'm not constantly plugged into Facebook or Twitter like so many people are. I pick up tweets when I am on the computer.

While I do have a few folks I tweet/text with sometimes when we are both on Twitter at the same time, when I do try to engage with others, often I find myself just talking to myself! In fact, 99% of the people on Twitter seem to be talking to themselves most of the time!!

I retweet other food bloggers content so that my "followers" (HATE that word) can see the cool recipes that others share that I like and think that they will like, but guess what? Those food bloggers rarely ever reciprocate. Heck half the time while some do, many don't even acknowledge or say thanks!

Of course I tweet my own new recipes on my account as I post them to my blog, but don't really see much traffic come from the tweets to be honest. I've taken to turning Twitter off lately because it is such a time sucker and distraction. It has its good points for quick communication and such, but on a daily basis, seems it is mostly just another way to waste time and avoid engaging with "real" people face to face.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Not a Tweeter. In fact, wandering about Facebook also. Seems a tad boring after blogging.

Hope someone twitters you soon - with something of interest.