Thursday, April 9, 2009

What's So Twit-tastic About It?

A little over a week ago, I succumbed to a combination of peer pressure, curiosity, and Brent Spiner1 and joined the Twitterverse. I must admit, I've been enjoying it--far too much, in fact. When people tried to explain the concept to me, I truly didn't get it. People would post 140-character blog entries that I could "follow." But what could anyone say in 140 characters that I'd be interested in following?

But within a few hours of my first Tweet, all became clear. Turns out, Twitter is this magical place that spans the gap between blogs and IM chat. It's a little like a Facebook home page, but without all the invitations to events and requests for Sea Garden creatures and whatnot coming along for the ride.

So, now that I'm impossibly hooked, why not come follow me? You can find me at If you follow me, I'll follow you ;)!

1The actor who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, my all-time favorite character in the Star Trek universe. When I learned Mr. Spiner was a twitterer, all my resistance was futile. I have indeed been assimilated.


Tessa Dare said...

Yay! I've been assimilated too, and I couldn't be happier. Facebook was getting too much for me to keep tabs on, but Twitter is streamlined.

B.E. Sanderson said...

When I read the beginning of this post and saw Brent Spiner, my first thought was 'that's Data' and then 'no, she's talking about some other Brent Spiner'. LOL So, he twitters. How cool is that?

I still don't Twitter. It just hasn't sparked me yet, and now that I know it's like chat, I'm staying away. I used to be addicted to chat. I have too much to do to blow that much time again.

Jackie Barbosa said...

Agree, Tessa. Facebook is way too much for me. I find it too busy and exhausting. Twitter is perfect. Although, if I were following many more people, I think I would find it overwhelming.

B.E., Twitter is like chat, but not. The difference is you don't have to be logged on and paying attention in real time to be able to keep up with what's going on and interact with people. It can be a big time-suck, for sure, but you can reduce that by being selective about who you follow.