In the Social Media realm (a very real place so I’ve decided capital letters are required), I’ve gotten comfortable with Facebook, so now I’m trying to get over my fear of Twitter. I’ve had an account for a couple of months and even downloaded a TweetDeck onto my computer. But I think I’ve tweeted a total of 10 times.
Part of my problem is identifying what I think others would find interesting about my life. ‘Got out of bed this morning’ seems a bit of a bore. ‘Had lunch. Salad and a Fiber One bar.’ I could have tweeted that every day for nine months, much to the dismay of my Weight Watcher leader who encourages variety. ‘Eww SNAKE’ would be exciting. But in the garden on my knees fighting weeds, ticks and, evidently, garter snakes, isn’t the time or place I’d think to send a tweet.
I suppose tweeting would be easier if I had a Smart phone. My fear is that the phone will always be smarter than me. Please. I just got my first phone with a camera. Not because that’s what I wanted, but because that’s all that was available. Every time I pick the thing up, I see my fingers pictured on the led display. Still not sure what button makes that happen. I need to read the instruction booklet. You see? Even my not-Smart phone is smarter than me!
The other thing about Twitter is the hashtags. I haven’t quite figured out the code imbedded in that symbol. What does it mean? How do I use it? It’s all a mystery to me. Actually, how the whole internet does what it does seems mysterious and other-worldly to me. But that’s okay. I don’t have to understand the internet to use it. Unfortunately that isn’t the case with Twitter. To navigate that avenue of communication, I need to be able to read the signs and follow the rules of the road.
So for now, I’m not much of a Rockin’ Robin tweeter. Actually I’m more or less mute. Which, I suppose would make me a Dumb Cluck tweeter. Never fear. I conquered FaceBook… Okay, let me rephrase that. What I need to know about FaceBook, I’ve managed to learn. I can do the same with Twitter. Eventually… @anitakgreene