What Twitter is Good For II

Can someone let @pghrugbyangel I need to talk to her? KTHXBAI.

Seriously, I use the DM feature of Twitter quite a bit. I DM’ed the above tweep to see if she can babysit for me next Friday. And then I quit Twitter, and I haven’t emailed her yet. Ooops.

Oh, DM = Direct Message. It’s kind of Twitter’s IM feature. (Again, for my dad: IM = instant messaging, akin to chat. It’s like instant e-mails, back and forth. Oh, never mind.)

So every now and again, I DM someone. Do they want some gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough (part of my daughters’ daycare fundraiser)? What time were we going to meet? Can you babysit for me on Friday, at 6 p.m.?

I don’t have to remember e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers. (How lazy is THAT?) I don’t have to know their last name, even! (Insert your own inappropriate joke here.)

But now I have to go all the way into my e-mail, find an address, put a subject line in, type a message, and send it. Instead of the two-step method that is Twitter.

So, not only has my attention span been shortened, but I can’t even be bothered to e-mail (or, even more medieval, call) someone.

How pathetic is that?

Plus there’s the whole waiting for them to e-mail or call back thing. Twitter: another sign of the culture of immediate gratification.

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5 thoughts on “What Twitter is Good For II

  1. Up next for America: Twitter, the super-sized version, complete with a keypad that can be installed into your nondominant forearm for ease of typing. KTHXBAI!

  2. Wow, you’re taking this twitter thing seriously. Did you get a hold of her? I can DM her for you.

    I still don’t know when I can pick up my cookie dough, but I should have a better idea next week and I’ll email you. 🙂

    • I did get a hold of her, thank you!

      I actually was, briefly, on my professional Twitter account today. It’s woefully under-utilized. Something to think about as I go through this thing.

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