I Twitter and I Don’t Know Why


Dear Readers, I have a confession.

I twitter and I don’t know why.  In fact, speaking as a baby boomer that’s not getting any younger at an alarming rate,  I predict that  “I twitter and I don’t know why!” will be the new aging-boomer catch phrase that officially replaces,  “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

I have a feeling it all boils down to Bob Hope

Do I have any idea why I twitter?  I have tweeted 696 times. But to what purpose? To what end?  Frankly,  I suspect since I have to ask, I’m too old to be twittering (or is it tweeting?).

I think understanding Twitter is one of those generational-gap phenomenons that were so popular in back the 60’s — where we baby boomers would roll our eyes when our parents laughed at Bob Hope wearing a Beatles wig while singing, “she loves you,  yeah yeah yeah”.  Only now instead of Bob Hope, hashish and shaggy hair we’ve got Louis CK, hash tags and Friday Follow.

Hey what’s everybody talking about?  I said what’s everybody talking about?  Hello?

Twitter, for me, is like being in a group of people where everyone is laughing and talking about something — but I’m late to the conversation and I can never quite get the gist of what they are discussing.

So I just try faking it by smiling and laughing along hoping I’ll figure it out in minute. During a lull, I might ask the person next to me what everyone is talking about, and just as they are about to fill me in, somebody says something funny and the person starts laughing again and never gets back to me.

Now Just Slow Down There A Minute Sonny . . . Granny don’t go that fast!

Take this morning for instance.  I went to my twitter account and I saw that a blogger who used to have a funny WordPress blog is now a comedian.  So I tweeted a reply congratulating him and went to click out of Twitter one second later  and saw that he had  already replied to my reply.   And he has thousands of followers!  How can he go so fast?  That’s what this old lady wants to know?  (Btw, you can follow Rob https://twitter.com/MyHairyLife — maybe, I don’t know.)

And so I put it to you, Dear Readers.  Why do you tweet?  What is the purpose of tweeting?  I would love to know why I tweet from those of you young enough to understand why.

I thank you in advance, and, as a lovely parting gift for reading this far, I will leave you with a few of my  favorite tweets:

Rob@imaudihere 2 Nov 11

Good friends are a lot like this can of Spam in my cupboard; always there for me, and I know I can eat them in an emergency.

Will Phillips@TheThryll 30 May

Giving up on your dreams can actually be very relaxing.

Genius is 16% ‘G’ and 84% ‘enius’

These days George Lucas’s first film is just known as “Thanks! 1138″.

I’m trouble with a capital ‘T’. But only when I’m at the start of a sentence or a proper noun.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Until next time . . . I love you

 

26 thoughts on “I Twitter and I Don’t Know Why

  1. As a semi young person I’m embarrassed to admit I am not on Twitter and I can’t seem to figure it out. But I’m just to lazy to learn!

  2. Psst… I am a child of a baby boomer and I can relate to everything you said. Except Bob Hope because, other than what my eyes catch on the cover of the National Inquirer, I have no idea who he is or what he’s famous for. Louis CK either, for that matter.

    • Ah see? That makes me feel better! I only know who Louis CK is because my kids love him. He’s pretty funny, when he’s not being gross. (I always look at the cover of National Inquirer when I’m in line too!) Bob Hope was really famous comedian back in the my parent’s time so I’m not surprised you never heard him. I never thought he was very funny though.

    • LOL Dianne! I think it might be safe to assume that none of us know what in the heck we’re doing on Twitter. Maybe Twitter is one of those things where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts! HA! :D

  3. Linda, I’m not on it for exactly the reasons you mention, also I don’t know what a hashtag is and when I ask people, like Lily, her answer is sort of vague. I’m hoping that my being so far out of the loop either puts me in a new loop or makes me cool. :D

    • Hahahah! Lily is vague about hash tags too!! So is Jackie and so is Jim and Nikki doesn’t even have a Facebook account. (so she’s no help whatsoever LOL!) Okay when the kids don’t even get it, I don’t feel so bad!

  4. I don’t twitter. I started an account a bird’s age ago to keep up with one of my hatchlings, but he stopped tweeting. So the account just sits there. I don’t miss it. Just another drain on an already busy life.

  5. I use Twitter so I can be hip, cool, with it, and have lots of friends.

    Since I’m unhip, square, out of it, and friendless, perhaps I should stop and just go smoke some hashtags… : P

    • LOL!! So that’s what you do with the #hashtags! Thank you so much Mark! I think we need to start up our own Twitter-Wanna-Be Social Network for us Unhipsters! I’m leaving it up to you to think up a name for it though, Mr. MacGigggles! :D

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