I remember when Facebook started doing the whole “status update” idea. I thought it was one of the most ridiculous inventions in the world because now people felt the need to share with the world what they ate for breakfast, which store they just walked into, and all the little mundane parts of the day that a person gets online to forget. I didn’t see the genius behind creating something where people’s voices can be heard.
So when the invention of Twitter launched, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that the worst part of Facebook now existed in its entirely own website. I assumed that people must have been out of control, posting useless information all day long, and I never in my wildest dream imagined that I would ever join Twitter.
However, a desperate desire to be a filmmaker and create stories that inspire people will lead a person to a great deal many things they never thought they would have to do. I quickly realized that creating a Twitter account was necessary as a filmmaker to connect with our current (and future!) audience. I also saw the amount of valuable information being posted on Twitter, and it turned out to be far less mundane than Facebook. With a great deal of reluctance, I became a Tweeter. Sort of.
Problem 1: What the Heck is a Tweet?
Finally out of my short-lived stage of calling it “twittering” rather than “tweeting,” I was ready to get started. I sat down to write my first Tweet, and I suddenly froze. What is one supposed to start typing? Nothing is really going on with our films this week, and I would rather die than post something about my personal life. I was feeling rather nervous about posting my thoughts online for the world to see. I never did that even on my Facebook page. I only post when I have information that needs to be shared. What if everyone on Twitter thinks my thoughts are boring???
Problem 2: Nobody is Actually Following Me
You can’t look like a fool to everyone if there isn’t anyone there watching. How does one gain followers? It’s not like Facebook because once someone is your friend, you are their friend as well. On Twitter, you can follow someone who doesn’t have to follow you back. How do you get people to follow you? Is there some secret Twitter test that you have to pass to prove that your comments are cool enough for the world to read?
Problem 3: Twitter is a Language and I Don’t Speak It
Why do people keep saying RT? And what’s the difference between discovering and connecting? Does one tab contain all the pictures and the other doesn’t or is discovering just for the famous people (and let’s face it, more interesting) tweets? I feel like there should be a book dedicated to Twitter language and etiquette. It’s probably not hard if you know it because it seems like second nature. I understand the nature of Facebook, and it’s always comical to hear my mid 50s parents talking about it. Well, I guess karma is coming back around to bite me in the butt because I certainly don’t know the language.
So if you’re reading this and take pity on me or you just want to watch me continue to make a fool of myself, follow me on Twitter. For better or for worse, it looks like I’m going to have to be a tweeter on Twitter.
Does anyone know the secret to Twitter? While you’re at that, does anyone know the meaning of life as well?