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Twitter Rant

Last week I had one of those days on Twitter that made me stabby. The kind that makes me come thisclose to deleting my account & walking away. Instead I try to remember the “good ole days” when twitter was fun. When I don’t get in a twitter fight with someone over spreading false information about diabetes. When I didn’t have self absorbed people answering stupid Formspring questions in my timeline. When people had actual conversations that didn’t involve extramarital affairs and bodily functions that should only be discussed with a partner or doctor.

I fell in love with Twitter a year ago because it was a way to get information in a new capacity. I met people from all over the world. I started in order to stalk follow some of the writers of my favorite blogs. Then I discovered the DOC. That was like an awakening for me! I talked to people who shared musical interests or were from places I’d always wanted to visit. I learned new facts and had a lot of laughs. I loved it so much that I even got FF to join (in case you didn’t know, his handle is @red_i_jedi802). It’s all been fun, informative and a great way to meet new people (we had our first tweet up this past weekend – a post to follow!). We even sent Christmas cards to some of these people! We crossed a bridge, became Facebook friends (meaning we exchanged REAL NAMES!) and then, shock of al shocks, exchanged our addresses! These people know my name and where I live?! Oh well, I felt like I could trust these people (looking at zegolf, allie, jaysey & several others!). But I can tell these are good people. They aren’t the people who DM me to tell me how hot redheads are. They aren’t the sick creeps who beg for boobie pics. They are people I wish I lived closer to so I could have drinks with them. So I can hug them when they’re having a bad day and rejoice with them when life is going smoothly.

What I don’t want on Twitter? Your Formsrping questions and your FourSquare check ins. First off – haven’t you all heard that FourSquare is dangerous? Well it’s also strupid – and I don’t give a sweet Christ where you are. It’s also not necessary to update your twitter feed with this information – Foursquare is its own entity. So from now on, if you post these updates, I will unfollow (note: I know some people only use this once in a while. If you are one of those people and we engage in conversation regularly? You are safe.). Also Formsrping? WTF?! How can you be so self absorbed to think that everyone should just ask you questions for you to answer? First off, why not ask on twitter (even through DM)? Secondly, are you that bored that you want to sit in front of a computer (or holding a phone) all day answering questions about your first kiss and your sex life from complete strangers? I say get a hobby. The internet is NOT a hobby. Get outside. Spend time with loved ones. But stop cluttering my timeline with your bullshit that I don’t care about. And to show you just how much I don’t care? I will unfollow. As soon as I see the typical, “Ask me anything” tweet, I will hit the unfollow button. Simple as that. I mean, what in the hell did you do before Twitter? This goes for the “3 Words About Me” shit too. I’m just sick of it. Especially because all of these applications/programs have a place where you can elect NOT to send it to your twitter feed. If you want to? That’s fine. But I will unfollow. Consider yourself warned.

So now you all have warning. I love Twitter and I love the people I’ve met and that I interact with. But I’m going on a cleanse. Only things in my timeline I want to see. If it costs me followers? Oh well, it’s not a loss to me. I don’t care about the number anymore. I’m all about quality over quantity now. I hope I’ll be saying hello to you soon instead of sayonara! XO

7 responses

  1. Enjoyed your rant! I’m probably the only person who hadn’t heard of Formspring, and I’m glad. (But then I’m probably the only person without a Facebook account.) It sounds an awful lot like those annoying chain emails that go around, where people actually want me to answer stupid questions and send on to someone else. Yikes!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

  2. Touche! You said what a lot of us have been thinking! And you said it well! 😉

    January 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

  3. This is awesome!I have had a bug up my chimmney lately about people on FB. I mean I have people requesting to be my friend that honestly I’m not sure I want to be friends with or people that I’ve chosen not to be friends with IRL for one reason or another. WTF?!

    As far as Foursquare…….well I like to use it to make people I’m checking into places that are just bizarre and off the wall: a mortuary or a cemetary or dragqueen club or some nonsensical place.

    I do like it if I’ve been to a restaurant that is good an want to tell others about it or if the place was bad and warn them away, but yeah Foursquare is a total stalker tool and needs to be used accordingly. I really don’t care who’s in the loo at the local McDonald’s.

    I have been doing my own house cleaning on FB and getting rid of those folks that just are no good for me.

    If you and red_i_jedi were on my FB, you’d be safe from exemption.

    Well happy Twitter cleansing!! 🙂

    January 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

  4. I blog and I have an account on Twitter, that’s the extent of my internet time basically. I’m not obsessed with follower count. I like real interaction myself.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  5. I hadn’t heard of Formspring until this either… still a little unsure of what it is.

    I guess I was a little shocked to hear that you have Twitter standards, Saucy. Good for you, but we all have different things on Twitter, Facebook, or on the Internet that bug us. Its different strokes for different folks but you can cater it to your liking.

    I’ve dropped friends from Twitter for many reasons… some I won’t drop and allow to make mistakes that bother me coming from some people. I hope no one takes offense to what I do… or what Saucy does. We get updates and have to scroll through these Tweets so if your tweets aren’t interesting or just cause me to ‘get stabby’ (love that reference but don’t ‘lurve’ it cause I hate that one, sorry) well then I’m going to unfollow you.

    A long time ago Ed and I joked about making a set of Twitter rules, but personally I like Twitter a lot but I don’t get as passionate about it as I see other people get. It is what it is (which I hate to say). Its a phenomenon meant to mean different things to different people. Some use it to advertise, others to update fans, some use it for jokes, others meet new friends or keep up with old ones. I like to think of Twitter, Facebook, and really the whole Internet as a lump of Play-Doh, it can be whatever you want it to be and it can either taste great or awful. And yes, in can be a hobby cause it can be whatever I want it to be.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    • I totally agree with you P. And I love when you speak up for your beliefs. This is mine. And I’ve heard a lot of bitching lately about Formspring and since it annoys me and this is my blog, I thought I would rant. You are right, people will make their FB walls & twitter streams what they want them to be. This is just how I want mine. (and I LURVE the word lurve – I’ve been using it since WAY before Twitter – I got it from a Miller Lite commerical!)

      January 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  6. Haha…this is great. And I am so glad I vould meet such cool people on twitter. However, for every 1 awesome person, there’s probably 25 annoying weirdos! It’s part of why I keep my account locked…no porny gross DMs! 😉

    February 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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