Thursday, February 5th, 2009
I admit, I don’t entirely ‘get’ Facebook. I don’t understand all the fans and groups and pokings and need for 4200 applications that send me a fake cupcake. I just don’t have that kind of time. I login, I look at what other people say, occasionally bust some Scramble, but most of the time don’t have time to respond to every poke, every request to join such n’ such group and to be quite honest… I don’t much care to. I try sometimes, but it just doesn’t really ‘take’. But that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t enjoy it. It’s just not my cup of tea. Why do I even bother having Facebook, you might ask? Because I realize that’s where things are right now on these fine Internets. People use Facebook. We had a book coming out and our publishers recommended a Facebook presence so, I finally caved and set one up. Whether or not I choose to “make the most of it” is my prerogative.
Similarly, Twitter. At first (and sometimes still) I didn’t ‘get it’. As an old school blogger, I found the idea of microblogging kind of weird. I didn’t want to know what everyone was doing right that minute. But then I gave it a chance and actually quite enjoy it… because I use it the way I want to use it and not how Mr. Know-It-All Blogger says I should. Sure, it’s almost killed my desire to blog in a sense because I can spit out whatever I’m thinking right when I’m thinking it rather than try to craft a blog post around one clever thought and, like anything else, Twitter and it’s users do things that bug me, but I take it with a grain of salt. Nothing is perfect and I have to assume that somewhere someone finds my tweet-style excrutiating. Different strokes.
I’ve run into a rash of articles lately that all have a running theme of unholy hatred for Twitter (and/or Facebook). I don’t mind tips and tricks kinds of articles or the occasional cheeky humor-based commentary (especially #2), but these official-looking “articles” (*cough*blogentries*cough*) that do nothing but complain about how people “aren’t being true to the conversation” or that they “don’t want to know what you had for lunch” really grate.
Guess what? Sometimes I don’t want to know that you went to the laundromat or that you think chickpeas are gross or “OMG Baltar is totally the 5th cylon!” If that’s the case, I just won’t follow you or I’ll ignore the tweet. I’m not going to write a highfalutin article chock full of piss n’ apathy, telling you how you should be doing it. You know the ones with titles like: “You must do how I do it or you suck.” or “Don’t use Twitter this way because I’m totally an elitist prick and I will think less of you.” Or… you know, whatever they’re called… they just irk me. Can I do anything about it other than gripe to you fine people? No. But I certainly feel better about it.
And, I suppose this is what those folks are doing, too, but I’m not applying any level of expertise to my rant. I’m not pretending to be some kind of guru on social networking and how it ‘should be done’. I’m just so sick of hearing about how Twitter is “lame” or Facebook is “stupid”. I think it insults the people who enjoy it and belittles the efforts of those who are trying to embrace technology in a way that’s comfortable for them.
We all have things we like or we don’t like about blogging, social networks, web applications, etc. They’re called opinions and they’re totally valid. But unless you’re paying for it, either don’t use it or sack up and quit talking down to us like we care what you think.