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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Twitter

I used to be a Twitter hater. An anti-Twitite, if you will.

I thought it was stupid. I thought “Why do I care what people are doing at every moment of every day?” It made no sense!

Well, eventually I gave in to peer pressure and got myself a Twitter account. It was peer pressure, and it was also because I heard myself say “I don’t understand what the kids are doing these days!”

THAT really freaked me out.

So I got my own Twitter account, fully expecting to find it stupid, inconvenient and irrelevant. My tune changed quite shortly after that.

First I added some famous people. Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Stephen Colbert were among the first.

@StephenAtHome provides insight into current events with a ridiculous right-wing perspective.

@ActuallyNPH provides updates on his life which I find interesting. This completely disproved my thoughts that I would find these updates irrelevant.

@SarahKSilverman gives hilarity, often with too much of a graphic nature.

And there was much more information waiting for me.

I get to know right away when West Jet has a seat sale, or when my favourite bloggers put up a new post.

Me being a science nerd, I kinda like the idea of knowing whats going on at CERN at all times too. Never know when the Higgs boson will be found!

I also like knowing when Bill Nye, my hero growing up, will be making a TV appearance.

So while my own Twitter following leaves something to be desired (I have 11 followers, roughly half of whom I believe are NOT real people), I’m working on increasing my Twitter presence.

(Oh yeah, feel free to follow me!)

So I apologize Twitter, I prejudged. I was afraid of new things, like 90 year old man who can’t work the debit machine.

Perhaps its having all my interests in one place that is the appeal. Perhaps its the fact the information is in (nearly) real-time. Or maybe its because I always wanted people to speak to me in 140 characters or less.

Whatever the reason, in the future I will have more of an open mind to social media and the like. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go check my Twitter.

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  1. August 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Great post. I too, have been on the fence about Twitter and have not as of yet, opened an account. It’s difficult for creatures of habit to evolve!

    • August 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

      A Twitter account may actually be great for you. I’ve read your blog (really good by the way) and keeping people up to date on your travels in real time would be pretty cool. Something to mull over in the ole noodle.

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