I think I am sorta enjoying myself even though I still feel like I am flying on a couch on the Lido deck of the Axiom. I really have no idea what I am doing. Micro-blogging? Annoying people?
It’s different than Facebook. On Facebook I can see others interacting and feel actively left out whereas on Twitter, I only read those I follow when they decide to tweet and not the replies of others to them. Of course this enhances the girl in the bubble thing but lessens the red-headed stepchild feeling.
I am learning the protocol which is in a state of mushrooming evolution from all appearances. It’s like being an anthropologist among a newly discovered tribe in a previously hidden culture. Fascinating, as Spock would say.
I know now that there are people who collect other tweeters like my daughter collects rocks. In fact she discovered her first rock of the season and washed it off for display just yesterday. We will soon have a pile in a corner by the door and that is how some people approach “following” on Twitter. People are collected and “followed” although it just can not be possible to “follow” hundreds or thousands of tweeters.
Some Tweeties don’t pretend they are there for anything other than pimping themselves. For example @KellyRipa of Regis and Kelly has nearly 80,000 followers and she follows absolutely no one. Someone needs to explain the “social” part of social media to her.
There are other celebs too. I mentioned Demi and AnaMarie the other day, but John Mayer had this to announce to Tweetland recently,
Now there is something you can’t scrub from the mind’s eye easily.
But there are a lot of writers and editors who are interesting and fun to follow, and for the most part, everyone I follow who follows me back will interact with me, and have been helpful and polite. For example, Guy Kawasaki, the AllTop guy, sent me a direct tweet with instructions for setting up my page there and followed it up with his cell number in case I needed to talk to him. Very, very cool.
I don’t know in the end if it will be much of a networking tool. It’s like Facebook in that it is mostly about accessing people you’d have never known otherwise due to geography or the social strata that makes up our world.
I am thinking I might try to do a little flash fiction though. What do you think? Anyone game?
More on the Twitter Experiment as it progresses.