I hear you, Twitterers. Tweeters? Twits? I know you think people must join you or they will waste away in the new media landscape like zombies with no brains to eat. I hear your tweeting–
Here’s the thing. Do I have to call it “tweeting?” Do I have to say, “tweets?” “I ‘tweeted’ you this morning.” I’m sorry, I know the originators of this site are making a gabillion dollars every hour of the day and I shouldn’t be a snark in the face of such wealth, but…
Is it just me or does the language of “Twitter” sound a bit twee? Like it was invented by a six-year-old girl? Not a cool grrrl girl, in a ‘Katniss Rules’ t-shirt listening to Paramore on her iPod while lessening her carbon footprint. But a girly-girl in a pink dress that she doesn’t go outside in because she doesn’t want to get it dirty. Her pink nail polish is from a Hello Kitty kit and she listens to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” on continuous play. She ends every conversation with, “Tweet me!”
And then there’s the whole, tweet your tweet in 140 characters or less. That sentence was 70 characters long. Now I’m up to 122 characters. And, just after the ‘n’, 140. It goes by so fast. How can anyone talk so short? Easy. They cut out letters, even from perfectly time-tested words that need them for clarity. Or, if I were tweeting:
ctout lttrs fm wurds th need thm 4 clrty
Is this really making us better people? Better communicators? Better spellers?
No need to answer that last one.
Okay, I get it. You can reach thousands of people instantly, it’s free and it’s an opportunity anyone looking to utilize social media would be bird-brained to pass up. I’ll get there, I swear. And when I do I’ll … send-you-a-message-in-less-than-140-characters-from-Twitter.
Fine. I’ll tweet at you.
Just don’t ask me to chirp about it.
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