I finally tried Twitter, and I found it distasteful. Other technologies and software I dislike include:
+ point and shoot digital cameras
+ cell phones
+ text messages
+ instant messages
But I am literally repulsed by Twitter, which expects one to peer into a screen, decipher text messages from random persons, and follow up on mysterious references.
I am further repulsed by its marketing of ENMESHMENT and VOYEURISM as “connection.”
I understand the research value of the question Twitter wants people to answer, “What are you doing?” But I do not want to answer it, nor do I burn to know what other peoples’ answers to it are.
I would like at least some time during the day when a communication device is NOT jabbing at me for attention and a response.
I could see Twitter if I were a child and my mother were on it, though — then I could Tweet at her to let her know I was all right.
But imagine this scenario: you are at summer camp and your mother Tweets you hourly, and if you do not answer, phones the camp to ask whether you have been killed or something.
There is a lot to be said for being incognito. I suppose summer camps have rules for parents, which nowadays include restrictions on Tweeting.
For if I were expected to LISTEN to Twitter, to be called by it, or to search through it for pearls of wisdom, I think I would break all of my machines and go live in a hut somewhere.
There is entirely too much noise already. Tweeting is very stressful and should be paid overscale.