I still haven’t figured out Twitter yet. I mean, what’s the point? As a writer I guess it could be a good place to post those random thoughts I have, rather than keeping a piece of paper and pen with me at all times when a story idea comes along. But, also as a writer, the keystroke limit is killing me. I want to tell the full story but that won’t happen in 140 keystrokes. And, really, are my random thoughts that interesting that someone would care? So I think, well, let’s give it a shot. And I post:
“After all these years of not cooking because it takes too long, I finally figure out it all boils down to sharp knives.”
Does anyone understand what that means? There’s a story here. Does anyone care what that story is? I mean, really, I have a university education, run my own business, can balance my own books. How come I just figured out that you don’t have to jab and stab in order to slice and dice?
But I can’t write the story in 140 keystrokes so, in retrospect, should I have posted that? Does it make me look stupid? Do people actually care? But wait, since I posted it three people are now following me. Can they tell me why they found my post interesting (in 140 keystrokes or less)?
So if that post brought followers…well, I should be getting to the work on my desk…but maybe I’ll just post another random thought:
“Show me the money: I am overwhelmed by social networking tools. Should I be hanging out on Twitter or making a living & write that article?”
Notice I use the ampersand (&) because I’m close to my 140 keystroke limit. And why am I posting this question when I have paying work to do? And, again, does anyone care what I’m thinking? Apparently they do because two more people just started following me on Twitter.
But I still don’t get it. How can I keep up with all these Tweets and still work enough hours to make a living? And what do these strange things like Tiny URLs and @’s mean anyway?
Oops. Hold that thought. I’m getting dinged by my Blackberry with text messages. So “i’m riting 2 some 1 this wa” because there are text message keystroke limits.
There goes my years of refining my words, spell checking, learning rules of grammar “becuz i don’t hav enuf room 2 rite what i need 2.”