Twitter: Are You Talking to an Empty Room?

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  1. I have a question. As a person who no longer has a blog, and who recently deleted her Facebook profile because of privacy concerns, I'm not sure I understand the purpose of some forms of social media. I'm even more confused by self-referential social media like this blog. At what point does it stop being an exercise in self-promotion? And what does that self promotion accomplish? You've already pointed out that people rarely care what kind of latte you are drinking or what your opinion was when that guy cut you off in traffic, so what do you talk about? Is twitter the new (perverted) chat room of the 90s? I think that people forget that the internet is NOT anonymous: there are people they know following them on blogs and facebook and twitter, and they lose all sense of caution when dumping their life story into the stewpot. We are turning into a society of trolls and gossips because we suddenly have access to more personal information about more people. We track people that we don’t know for the sake of knowing them better, when in fact we know only the face that they show on the internet. We are more prone to rash judgments and to saying things we never would say to a person who was right in front of us. I don’t think conversations are less relevant when they are between two people with a table, instead of a world, between them. In fact, I think they remove the sense of bravado that comes with saying something to a room of people that you don’t have to look at, that you can choose not to reply to, that you can unfriend with a click. Conversations are tricky, it is true, but using social media to pave the way for conversations we would normally be unwilling to have is deceitful. And this website seems to be providing a template for it. For now, if I want to interface with the world, I go out into it.

  2. This probably isn't entirely how you intended it, but I'm looking at this as a really good "how to Tweet" post, as well as what you've literally said.Early adoption (or hell, at this point just adoption) of Twitter is a bit of a hurdle in my industry (journalism) because a lot of people think, "Why do I care what some guy is having for breakfast?" Obviously it's more than that and it just requires that as you grow your account, you seek out intelligent and engaged users that share your interests.Great post. Thanks for the Twitter follow, too.

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