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Twittering, tweeting, texting

May 13, 2010 - Linda Lobeck

I’m often reminded that if you don’t keep up with the changes, life is going to pass you by.  And when I think of all the things that have changed in technology during the past 28 years since I graduated from college, it is mind boggling.
I have moved forward for my job and home life as the changes in computers have come about, albeit sometimes grudgingly. These changes were followed by e-mail that we check constantly and use both at home and work. Now, it’s Facebook, and other social networking sites that I stayed away from until recently.
One thing that I haven’t really gotten into is texting — I’d prefer to just talk over the phone to people rather than send messages. When I see my kids and others younger than them texting without even looking at the keyboard, I’m not sure whether I should be amazed or worried that that’s how communication is evolving into. Eventually, I’ll probably give into learning how to text but I’m holding out for now.
The other thing that constantly amazes me is the twittering and tweeting that goes on with instant messaging. I don’t fully understand the concept of just an ordinary person randomly putting down thoughts or what they are doing and twittering to everyone on their “friends” list. I honestly wouldn’t know what to say and don’t make comments on facebook very often. I just don’t think the things I’m doing on a daily basis are very interesting or worthy of letting others know about. Basically, I’m boring. But for some people, it comes very natural to put up their thoughts and views on certain things. I enjoy reading what others put up, but it’s not something I’m really comfortable with.
Even writing a blog is hard at times — once again I really don’t think people want to read about my life or my thoughts on issues. I’m used to reporting what others have to say and what they do that’s newsworthy. It’s not that I don’t have views on most things, but I feel that’s a little more personal and not something I normally share with people. You could say that I’m twitter and text shy. Maybe that will change in the next 20 some years, but for now I’ll watch with curiosity and see what others are saying. 


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