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I’m bored with Facebook but terrified of Twitter

on August 7, 2012 | Facebook | Comments (1)

Since acquiring a Smartphone it’s super easy to get my daily dose of social media and although Facebook has lately been a little disappointing, I ‘m still addicted. I’ve noticed though, that a lot of my friends are slowly withdrawing from their daily online status updates. Some have taken to twitter as a duck takes to water but my attempts at jumping on the twitter bandwagon have failed miserably.
I ‘m too cool for FB but definitely not cool enough for twitter. Where does that leave me? Ad why has FB recently failed to tickle my fancy?

Yes, the arrival of the timeline was pretty epic (for some) and yes; the incorporation of Spotify and Instagram on Facebook’s interface were certainly up there with other moments in its history but apart from these momentary pleasurable moments it just hasn’t caught me off guard. Which is why I’ve tried turning to Twitter. But this transition has not been as easy as I initially envisaged. I guess it’s because Tweeting is not the same as a status update and I think that’s why it scares me.

When it comes to FB I don’t mind sharing what kind of day I’ve had with my 201 friends but I am scared of tweeting to my…..ehm…….7 followers. Tweeting involves some sort of social mobilisation and I don’t think I am quite cool enough to pull it off. I don’t have strong political inclinations. I’m pretty apathetic when it comes to saving the environment and don’t get me started on self-therapy tweets “There is no need f or temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness”.

In fact when it comes to Twitter I don’t lead, I follow.

Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton keep me entertained (at 11.11pm everyday Paris asks me to make a wish). Frontline and OMG Facts keep me informed (Did you know that London is the only city to host the Olympics 3 times or that all domesticated cats can be traced back to 5 African wildcats from the middle east?). Russel Brand and Overly Attached Girlfriend make me laugh (He’s crazy, she’s crazier).

Social mobilisation seems to be the key to being a good tweeter and the importance of this has been highlighted in the recent Pussy Riot case. Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot have been incarcerated for the past 5 months following their protest against the current state of Russian politics. For protesting against the lack of clarity between church and state, 3 band members risk being imprisoned for 7 years. The amount of support generated by tweeters for the band has been tremendous. And that is where Twitter wins everytime. It ‘s ever changing and reflective of today’s modern society whether it be good or bad.

It doesn’t change the fact that I will never make it as a tweeter. I am neither entertaining, informative nor funny.


jessicamestre :

  • Hi Jessica, glad you're loving Australia. Don't be afraid of Twitter – it's awesome. I got into it when I was in the UK. It's a different way of (social) life from Facebook. I actually touched on this subject (addressed to Aussies) recently on TravelLiveLearn.com if you want any super basic tips. Sarah 🙂











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