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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 07:13pm on 26/09/2009 under
It's been at least a year since I started (occasionally) using Twitter, and since then my thoughts about it have changed considerably.

Originally, I thought it was a stupid idea.

Now, I have mixed feelings about it. I've concluded that Twitter can be very useful. For one thing, it's great for quick, emergency communication (both between individuals, and as a channel for public interest messages). It can be used as a mechanism to summon "flash" crowds for all kinds of purposes. It comes in handy for people who want to send a message but don't have access to a computer (because you can access Twitter with a cellphone or Blackberry) and can't make a phone call (such as in a movie theater during the movie).

But as a way of keeping up with my friends, it lacks a certain something. Since they started using Twitter, I've seen fewer e-mails blog posts from certain friends of mine; now they keep up with me, and I with them, primarily through tweets.

In some ways, I now know more about what they're doing day-to-day, rather than less. But I feel less connected to them, somehow. It's as though my tweeting friends were roommates with different schedules from mine, whose activities I find out about through indirect evidence (like piles of laundry appearing, or outgoing mail and vehicles disappearing, from time to time).

Don't get me wrong; I don't intend to stop tweeting. I'd rather be in touch with my friends than not. But there's something that is both oddly impersonal and a bit *too* personal about Twitter, and I can't really put my finger on what it is or why it bothers me.
Mood:: 'thoughtful' thoughtful
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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 09:40pm on 09/04/2008 under
Today, I opened an account on twitter.com.

Why? Because [livejournal.com profile] landley and [livejournal.com profile] fadethecat have recently done so.

I'm still trying to figure out what the point of twitter is. To my mind, it combines the annoying elements of both blogging and IMing without incorporating the good points of either. So why twitter? To have a mini-blog on your phone? Since I can read and post to my LiveJournal from my Blackberry, I still don't see the point.

But maybe I'll find a use for twitter now that I have an account. So, for now, chirp.
Mood:: 'confused' confused

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