I have a love/hate relationship with most social mediums. Twitter is no exception. I would have to say it’s mostly a hate relationship. Twitter makes me feel like the fat kid in elementary school who always gets picked last for crab soccer. I feel unpopular, uncomfortable, and ineffective on Twitter. Here’s why:
- No Instant Feedback. When I blog, I can look and see how popular, or unpopular, my posts were. I see traffic counts, visits to my blog, where they came from, etc. And I have people leave comments, which – as any blogger knows – is like the feeling of a sugar rush after a snow cone. Twitter leaves me feeling empty and insecure. I try to gain insight from the popular tweeters like Dooce who has 367,000 followers (I have 30) and instead of feeling motivated I just feel like I’m in high school trying desperately to fit into the cool club. “Hey guys call me! OK? OK??”
- It’s totally foreign. Maybe I’m too old for Tweeting. Too un-Gen-Y. There’s all these new phrases like Twitterific and Tweedeck and Twhirrl that I can’t even spell, let alone utilize. I need a translator by my side every time I log in to see what else in Twitter is new. How’s a girl like me who chases a toddler around most of the day while juggling three clients supposed to keep up? Yes, I know I’m whining, but seriously – learning Twitter is harder than learning French.
- You can’t really say what you mean. If you’re using Twitter for business, you can’t just say “hey look at my business – check me out and buy my products.” If you use Twitter for business you have to be sleek. It’s all marketing. It’s all networking. But it’s both of those things cloaked in “Hi I’m really super interesting and just doing this for fun. I haven’t even thought about using this to get ahead.” I’m not a veiled kind of person EVER. I mean what I say and I say exactly what I mean. And I’m really literal – so all this playful skirting around is really hard for me. On Twitter it’s like you have to try to be cool and popular without looking like you’re trying to be cool and popular. All of this is mind boggling for me.
- Tweets are shallow. Let’s face it, no one is really saying anything on Twitter. At least not things that actually matter. Unless you’re linking to something else you can’t say anything with much depth. I mean how deep can you be in 140 characters? Actually, I’m sure there are people witty enough to say something good on Twitter, but I don’t think I’m that person. I’m the fat kid, remember?
Ok so I’m reading a book on how to Tweet and I’ll let you know if I feel any improvement. But if anyone has any suggestions, I’d appreciate it!