Are you following me?

Posted in Society at 14:37 by RjZ

Please tell me I’ve missed something. There really is something worthwhile here, beyond an embarrassing show of media ignorance as they try to jump on a bandwagon going nowhere. I’m talking about twitter of course. I tried it about a year ago. I tried following a few friends who were, thankfully in retrospect, not very active. I tried following a few news sources, but found the information less useful than just listening to NPR on my drive home.

I recognized that, beyond the incredibly narcissistic answer to “what am I doing (every second of the day)?” there might be some real value to twitter. When people in real positions of power tweet from the G7 meeting, describing what’s going on behind doors I will never get through, there is clearly something useful happening. I tried my version of reporting, tweeting my comments during a keynote speech from an energy generation conference. I just don’t go to enough of those for anyone to follow me on a regular basis.

Then, I tweeted my, for now perhaps, last tweet asking people not to follow me, as nothing will happen. Still, various spammers and marketing ploys and even some friends guessing I might be joking, have decided to follow my non-existent stream of twitters. I assume they’re all bored and have moved on

“What am I doing?” is asked on facebook too. I don’t mind reading about what others are doing there–that’s the whole point of facebook, after all, but I haven’t yet thought of anything I was doing where you, my dear readers, followers, flickr contacts, and facebook friends, would really need to know. right. this. very. minute. second. While I am interested what I am doing at any  given moment, for example, “R. J. is blogging,”  if you really need to know give me a call or a text and I’ll let you know. If you don’t have my number, why would you care anyway?

Then there’s the marketing potential of twitter. Trent Reznor connects with his fans and those following his twitter not only get insight to his music but hints when the latest release is coming. I see how it can be a useful eye-witness news opportunity. Cell phones are where the action is, because they are nearly ubiquitous. But can someone please tell me what I am missing? People barely read this blog–should I spread it out to one sentence at at a time in order to get people to read it? How do you twitter fans sort the overwhelming wheat from the chaff?

Once we figure it out, maybe we can let journalists know, so they can stop this whole stumbling over the correct lingo and making twits themselves. If you’ve got some insight, and I am glad to have a reason to join the twitterverse, let me know in the comments section please. Because I am not following you on twitter.

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