a letter to twitter.

dear twitter, 
i have to say that i don't understand our relationship.  from what others told me about you, i expected so much more.  instead, this all feels so one sided and narcissistic.  you make me feel old and incompetent.  you make me want to sit on the front porch in a rocking chair and shake my cane at the kids driving too fast on my street.  you make me want to say things like "whipper snappers", "young folk" and "dadgummit".  

maybe your best characteristics are hidden from me...which is totally possible because even after all these weeks i only just figured out how to find out if i was "mentioned" in a tweet. 

perhaps you also possess special time compression abilities that i have yet to find?  i say this because of the amazing number of people i have found on twitter who swore off facebook with great pomp and circumstance because it was a "huge time waster" yet i find them happily tweeting away dozens of times in a day...it only makes sense that dozens of tweets would take less than a facebook status update.   right?  can you direct me to this feature?

you also seem really impersonal to me...at least with facebook i get to see photos of your kids and family and feel like i am connected with your life a little...it seems hard to get to know you 140 characters at a time.  with facebook it seems i am talking more with a person.  with twitter, i feel like i am talking to a computer.  

and to be honest...it creeps me out that all tweets are saved in the national archives.  

and if i want to be narcissistic...well...my blog gives me plenty of that and i am happy to spill my brain out in a few blog posts per week...but i have yet to find the perk to gushing out every thought that comes to mind...or reading everyone else's either... 

i guess all of this is to say...i'm not sure we're going to make it, dadgummit.

#ithinkweneedsomespace #youarenotasawesomeasyouthink 
#youarefullofyourself #oldpeoplerock

love, me
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20 comments:

Theresa said...

LOL! Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. I found it on Friday, and since then have spent wayyyyy too much time reading back through your old posts. I am somewhere in the middle of 2009.

Your creativity is astounding. My only talent is buying what others make. I will try not to be envious.


Your honesty about your love of Jesus is beautiful. I am a born again Christian who has become jaded and cynical. It is a horrible place to be, but I cling to the truth that he who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. Your words are so profound.

I do not think it was an accident that I clicked on your blog.

Diana said...

I am so with you on this! But then, I really am old (kind of). Yesterday we attended daughter #2's college graduation from the large state college here, where the theme of the keynote speech by the student president was . . . wait for it . . . "average is the new excellence". That about sums up this strange world.

Diana

Miss Mandy said...

Oh Yes I here everything you're saying!

Holly said...

oh goodness! I feel the same way about twitter!

Sara {Sara's Closet} said...

Completely agree with you! I signed up for it (honestly bc everyone else did) and I felt like I wasn't connected either. And I am not one of those people who wants to post about EVERY. SINGLE. move I make in this life. It's like you've wasted how much time in this life by posting 30 times in one day!? And really...who follows your every move? Suffice it to say, I posted about 3 times only and then deleted it.

Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama said...

well that is some gooood info! I was thinking about twitter but thought it would be exactly like you just said it was! Thanks for letting us know how it realllly is!

Ellen - SkoMomma said...

#AMEN!

Jennifer said...

hahaha!! I totally agree!! You made me laugh today, thanks! :)

Nesha said...

The fact that you even understand Twitter well enough to explain your disdain astounds me. I do not get Twitter....and it creeps me out so where is the AMEN button on this post? A thousand times... YES. right on!

Launa said...

Okay, I totally wanted to write this post many, many times but you definitely did it way better then i ever could!! I can't figure out twitter for the life of me... and I can't figure out it's appeal! Whatever!

Christie said...

AMEN!

Deb said...

I understand completely...I had a twitter account for a month and didn't know quite what to do with it! Needless to say...I don't twitter anymore but I do love me some FB! Have a super day!

Smalltowngirl said...

I agree! FB is enough social networking for this girl...and It's enjoyable.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

I am not on twitter and I don't feel bad about it either... especially after this post!

Thanks Crystal! :)

Amy said...

i saw the picture & was hoping for a cake recipe! :)

wholarmor said...

What's in the cupcake pan? Looks fun!
I never got into twitter, either. A guy at our church tweets the message during the service. It's pretty funny.

The Tiny Team said...

I know! What the heck!? My husband signed me up, and and i said, "What is happening to my life..."

I read random things, write random things, and can't really respond to others....


I kind of kept thinking I'd catch on, but.........

Good, I am not the only one!

Blessings,
Amy

kel[E] said...

I LOVE this post! I'm 23- and even I get overwhelmed with Twitter. It's so... quick. and busy. and.. confusing!

Jen Stokes said...

I know, right?! I don't get it either.

ape2016 said...

New follower and I agree completely! I was excited about using twitter when I first started and then it all seemed to go too fast for such an old-fogey like me!

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