About a month ago, I wrote a draft about how Twitter, FaceBook, and all the copycats seem to me to be ginormous wastes of time. It wasn't too long ago, I got wrapped into instant messaging and found that I spent 5 or more hours there a day - much of it just chatting about nothing of importance.
With Twitter, I couldn't figure out why anyone would want to tell other people that they are eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. That's not the kind of thing that I want to read. Yet today, I've taken the plunge, you can now follow Lazy Man on Twitter.
The obvious question here, is "What changed?" I think it's a combination of a few different things:
- Connecting With other influential people - Jeremy from Generation X Finance said that he has been able to meet some interesting people - and not just people in the personal finance circle.
- It doesn't have to be all PB&Js - I realized that Twitter would be perfect for the times where I don't have a full post - just a quick idea that's worth sharing. For instance, I might read that ColdStone Creamery is giving away free ice cream tomorrow during a certain time. That's perfect for Twitter. I don't think I could stretch that to 300-500 words of something that you'd want to read as a regular post.
- It allows me to be a little more personal - If I'm having lunch at John's Grill, a setting in The Maltese Falcon, I could share that. I'll try to keep these down to a minimum - it's a fine line between that and PB&Js for many people. I predict this will be easy for me as I don't live an exciting life :-).
I'm still having trouble getting into FaceBook. I realize it's a chicken and egg scenario - it's hard for me to get anything out of if I don't put something into it. Maybe it's just a matter of taking baby steps.
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