As a person-who-gets-paid-to-put-things-on-the-internet (I like to call it show business, much to the chagrin of my fiancé), I think I have a pretty good handle (PUN) on social media. But I have never gotten into Twitter. It’s just too much.
I look at Facebook every day — it’s open constantly at work (see above re that whole put-things-on-the-internet thing), as we/The Drive are part of its brand -infiltrated ecosystem. Personally, I use it to showcase work things and to post pictures I want my mom to see. Instagram feels much more naturally appealing to me, for both work and play. Maybe it’s because I communicate there via visual terms, but I buy into what it’s offering me. I peruse, I like, I post, I comment. And I never feel overwhelmed.
But Twitter? I hesitate to open it. To me, Twitter is a menacing, swirling 24-hour everything cycle, threatening to drown me in a massive wave of constant updates. Mere seconds after loading, I see that I have already missed 15 new tweets. That little-but-constantly-growing number yells at me and makes me sweat.
YOU ARE MISSING THINGS! YOU ARE ALREADY BEHIND ON THE LATEST TWITTER HAS TO OFFER. MY GOD, WOMAN, REFRESH! SCROLL! NOW YOU’RE 40 TWEETS BEHIND! YOU ARE VERY BAD AT TWITTER.
To be fair, Twitter was incredibly helpful for injury updates during my time at MLB.com, but I had to filter what I was looking for in order to avoid bombardment. And I certainly have never figured out what I am supposed to be writing on there. More aggressive versions of the (now fairly defunct) Facebook status updates? My quoted comments on someone else’s tweets? Sometimes I’ll go on a little retweet spree, but the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze.
Twitter has reportedly been going through growing pains, or usage pains, or it’s dying — it really depends on who you ask. But because it still has a robust user network and the potential to make money, of course it is still technically a thing. I’d just really like it to be less of a thing so I can stop feeling guilty about not wanting to participate.