Thursday, April 24, 2014
3 T’s I’m afraid of Twitter, Tweet, and Trite.
I recently joined Twitter and I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m getting messages that I’m being followed and I find myself unconsciously glancing over my shoulder even though I’m sitting on my couch. I’m being told by fellow tweeters to replace my egg for a real photo or other tweeters will think I’m stalking them—isn’t that what being followed sort of means anyway? Plus, I’m not hands on with hash tags. I watched the Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake skit and laughed along with the rest of the world, but I just can’t seem to pull the hash tag thing off. First, I put a space between the hash tag and the word. That’s a no-no. Then I tried to figure out which word to hash tag and felt like I was diagramming a sentence back in grammar school – what is the main idea of this sentence? Then I overly hash tagged (is that a word?) by putting what I still call a ‘number sign’ with almost every word. I think need a course on appropriate use of hash tags.
My lack of twitter skills probably stems from my lack of being on twitter. Maybe I’m a lazy reader, but I don’t feel like reading someone else’s continuous tweets. And I must also be a lazy writer because I also don’t want to tweet my own random observations in 140 characters or less with no punctuation every five minutes. I recently reviewed a website www.momthisishowtwitterworks.com and I was still confused. There are a lot of rules.
Today I visited the set of The Chew, a variety show set around food on ABC. It’s an hour of yummy eats and fun chef personalities like Mario Batali yacking it up.
I should have been tweeting my random observations like the fact that Carla Hall from the cast reminds me of Beaker from the Muppets (no offense to Carla she’s great there’s just a resemblance I can’t resist).
But they made us shut our phones down and once I got it back my comment already seemed trite. However, I have included it here because on revisiting it again, I think it’s funny after all. In the end I think being trite is my biggest fear of tweeting. The same could be said for posting to Facebook. I need to let go because trying to be original all day long is exhausting and it seems there’s a lot of #trite #unoriginal and #boring trending everyday.