Posts Tagged ‘connectivity’


Drinking the Kool-Aid

March 8, 2009

Or, technically, I guess, the Flavor Aid ’cause ol’ Jimbo was too cheap to fork out 37 cents for the real stuff…

I’ve joined Twitter.  I know I know, I cannot believe it either.  Really, how many of these things do folks need to join?  I first joined Myspace and hated it, but kept it up because, well, sometimes quizes are fun.  Then I was persuaded to join Facebook because it was sooooooooooooo much cooler than Myspace (okay, I still love Facebook and it does kick MS’s ass … unless, of course, you’re 13 years old.)  Now, however, I’ve been recruited to Twitter.  Honestly, I think I dig it because I seem to have some sort of dependency on updating my status.  I don’t really know or care if anyone is reading my status, but for some reason my time and day to day activities seem more valuable when I document them in a little box beside my picture.  Yes, I’m taking donations for therapy.  Occasionally I get a little boost – just this morning, I got a message from a friend I had in high school (okay, a guy I made out with a few times.  Right, like you never made out with your friends…) wishing me good health and hoping I feel better (I’m in the midst of an allergy episode from hell.)  I’m not sure why, but it made me feel so much better.  Long gone are the days of Get Well cards and the like, so I take what I can get.  Twitter is nothing but status updates.  Yes, indeed, unlimited crack.

But it does make me wonder – what has happened to us that we feel the need or desire to reduce ourselves to 140 letters or less?  Are we feeling that insignificant?  And on the same note (but obviously a different key,) do we feel so self important that we must let the world know what we are doing at any given moment of the day?  Maybe it’s the same thing – searching for unity, community, connectedness, importance, by putting a little bit of ourselves out there, a bit at a time.  We need to connect, we need to reach out, we need to be heard.  Twitter doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  The only reason to do it is to share and be shared with.  So, as we sit here in the 21st century, this is happening 140 letters at a time.

What happened to phone calls and lunch dates?

I’ll be sure to let you know when I find out … just check my status.