As soon as this post is live, I will post my thousandth tweet on Twitter and direct those who follow my sporadic stream of telegraphic comments to click a link to this blog post. I’ll do this for the same reasons as many of my fellow tweeters or twitterers — to promote this blog, direct traffic this way and hope to snag a few seconds of time from other distracted technophiles.
But what’s the point, really? Is a thousand tweets a significant milestone? I’m thinking about that in the context of two things:
- Recent introspective “why I blog” posts from the likes of Kyle James and Karlyn Morrissette. Why not a variation on that theme: “why I tweet”?
- A comment @esigler made via Twitter last week when I mentioned the impending millitweet.
@andrewcareaga I don’t know whether to congratulate you or put together an intervention. (“Sir, step away from the social media…”) :)
There’s no getting around the fact that Twitter is an addictive little piece of technology. It’s mobile, it’s easy, and it’s flexible, even amorphous, in that individuals can fit it to just about any purpose, personal or vocational. It’s also fun.
I’m on there, but only to secure my ‘bradjward’ login in case I ever decide to use it. As of now, I’m not sold on it.
Fast-forward to Sunday, July 27, 2008: @bradjward has recorded 2,618 tweets.
Sold yet, Brad?
Twitter is the Seinfeld of social networking: a social network about nothing. Maybe that’s why it’s so popular. We all gather around — all the Jerrys, Georges, Elaines and Kramers and, yes, even Neuman — to chit-chat about nothing. It worked for Seinfeld. Why not for Twitter?
Of course, even Seinfeld had to come to an end eventually. I wonder what will replace Twitter when it’s day passes?