Social Media

Twitter: The World’s Stage

All the world’s a stage. Has never rang true more than now. Twitter has given everyone a voice that they didn’t know they wanted or needed, and an audience. It’s like an ePulpit, where everyone can give a sermon, as long as it’s 140 characters or less. From Ashton Kutcher to your favorite butcher (yes you can indeed boo me for that). Everyone now has an eMicrophone. “Is this thing on?” Yes. 24/7.

I’ve been on Twitter since September 2008, but wasn’t even active until about December, when I actually started having conversations on there and paying attention to what others were saying. People talk about the most mundane things (“My lunch was delicious.”) to important things (“Will you marry me?”).

Sidenote: Yes, there have been many Twitter proposals documented. I’d be PISSED if I received my marriage proposal on Twitter. I’d be like “Your love for me can be captured in 140 characters or less?” That is neither romantic nor thoughtful. Stop the madness! But that is just me. People are gonna get broken up by Twitter too. I really weep for some of the future of social media and its rendering us to be mechanical beings who lack any sentitivity and ability to communicate without a keyboard but that is an entirely different post.

Anyway, I actually like Twitter for forcing people to be concise. Folks gotta make every character count. And for the accessibility it gives you to people who would not be on your radar otherwise. I’ve met some mad cool people on there, and my network has really broadened. However, I like that Twitter isn’t ultra-mainstream right now. I know that within the next 3-6 months, that will really change, and the elitist in me does not welcome that. I currently follow almost 300 people and almost 400 follow me. When these number starts going into 1,000, I will get overwhelmed and *wall-slide* because of the information overload. Although, 3rd party applications like TweetDeck allows you to filter out some of that noise. Still…

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As everyone knows by now, Oprah just joined Twitter, and dedicated half her show on Friday to it. I loves Ms. Sofia, Lawd KNOWS I does. But the aftermath of her getting on Twitter is not gonna be pretty. Now, all the undesirables will be on Twitter. Yes. The MySpacers. They’re gonna turn Twitter into an eGutter. They need to go squat elsewhere. The day I get a Tweet from a cornrowed dude with a tattoo on his neck and a name like @RayRay, talm bout “Shawty, you got eSwag”, I’mo pack my eBags and iQuit Twitter.

Plus, with all these new people joining Twitter, that fail whale is just going to quit and say “Y’all don’t pay me enough for this.” Already, in the past month, the fail whale has been making many cameos because Twitter has found itself over capacity often. I even had an eMeltdown because of a particularly bad downtime. Now, with the influx of new people that Oprah’s presence will surely drive, that obese whale is going to be here to stay. Jeebs be some server upgrades for Twitter now FOR REAL.

I moderated a Twitter Brown Bag a couple of weeks ago for my 9-5, so I looked up Twitter user statistics and was kinda surprised. The top demographic of folks on Twitter are 45-54 year olds, closely followed by 25-34 year olds. This means the teenagers aren’t hip to Twitter yet, and this pleases me. But it is inevitable that they will be invading the space soon enough. I’mo GO CLEAN OFF if I get a Tw3et tH@T 100k5 1iK3 Th15.

Iunno. Call me Pessimistic Patty but methinks the GREATEST era of Twitter was this past year, before CNN started mentioning it every hour. Before it was a topic on The View. Before the eSheisters and promoters made it their newest medium for spamming folks. I call these, the Golden Era.

Wells, if you care, my Twitter is @LuvvieIG. Pay attention to me! Tee hee.

P.S. For that SELFISH and classless wonder of a person who got the Twitter name @Luvvie and doesn’t use it AT ALL, I hope your spacebar goes wonky and your “E” key falls off! *shakes lilliputian fists vigorously* Hmph!

6 Comments

  1. amymay
    April 20, 2009 at 12:18 am — Reply

    The Roach Folks are coming! The Roach Folks are coming!

  2. S A V V Y Fatty!...uhhh...DUH!
    April 20, 2009 at 1:54 am — Reply

    What a kwinkydink. I JUST sent this to Lisey via Gchat:

    “Twitter’s a wrap now
    Diddy, Ashton, Oprah
    Bitches asking @Twitter when can they put music on their profiles
    WRAP City
    Twitter: We’ll always have 2008″

    Guess it’s on to Flutter we go…

  3. Blackberry Molasses/The Rebel Intellectual
    April 20, 2009 at 7:52 am — Reply

    I said it befo’ and Immo say it one mo’gin…

    I DO NOT TWEET.

    Now that its going to become a free-for-all, I’m happily sticking to that policy.

    That is all.

  4. KindredSmile
    April 20, 2009 at 8:06 am — Reply

    I’m with BBMo on this one. There’s no way in h*ll I’ma sign up now. Nuh-uh, no sah!

  5. T
    April 20, 2009 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Yeah, I’m definitely not getting on Twitter unless mandated to do so by my 9-5. I’ve known about it for a while (Because it’s my job to know what’s going on in the social media space), but can a sister get any privacy anymore.

    I’m already having problems keeping my identity anonymous on the blog, fb has let WAY to many randoms into my life and now they want me to give folks constant updates of my thoughts and goings-on. hell to the naw, Bobby!

    P.S. I’m dead at this line ” The day I get a Tweet from a cornrowed dude with a tattoo on his neck and a name like @RayRay, talm bout ‘Shawty, you got eSwag’, I’mo pack my eBags and iQuit Twitter”

  6. Lite Bread
    April 20, 2009 at 11:35 am — Reply

    Awesomely Luvvie,
    OK. You got me “following” you on House of IG. I’m “showing up” regularly here at your personal blog. You’re inviting me to hit Twitter and ‘catch your every move’. What’s next? I show up at your office with flowers in my hand?
    ‘Cause I do my sh@t in real time, lol.

    Hey! You’re encouraging my “stalking”!
    LOL!!!
    (“KindredSmile, get his IP address, call the FBI and up an’ track this fool like Quick for me!”)

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