I swore I wouldn’t do it. I promised my husband I would not sink so low. I railed against the trend, describing the practice of tweeting as “idiotic,” “pathetic,” and ” a waste of time.” And then I became (only slightly) convinced at the Desert Nights Rising Stars Writer’s Conference that, to be a modern day writer, one has to be on Twitter.
So, much to my own chagrin, I starting tweeting. No, not once every day. Certainly not several times per day. The idea of using my (still missing) cell phone to tweet about my position in the grocery store line, or the haircut I just received (OK, who am I kidding? I get my hair cut like, twice per year) still seems asinine to me. But, in attempt to be a more accessible writer to the (three?) readers of mine who might be interested in what I have to say between books…OK, to practice that accessibility for the day when I actually do have three readers who become interested in what I have to say between said books…I got on the bandwagon. Mostly, I’ve tweeted about my blog posts, directing the twelve people who follow me on Twitter right back here.
But last week when I came across the video about Twitter, the one that Google happened to feature today in its Today’s Featured Videos window…I just had to highlight it here. In a sense, this video totally and completely captures my true thoughts about Twitter (even though I hypocritically participate in the ridiculous social media trend myself).
Here it is:
Oh yeah, and P.S.: If you’re a protective parent like me, you might not want to watch this video with young kids in attendance. One of the characters in the cartoon ends up lying on the floor with blood shooting out of his arm. I found myself having to explain to our four-year-old son that no, the whale in the video was not real and that whales don’t typically try to eat people.