Posted on May 4, 2009. Filed under: Culture, Games, Health, HowTo, Musings |

Here’s what I’ve noticed so far. Of the three networks I’ve recently joined (Twitter, Library Thing, and Gaia) I use Twitter the most. It’s so easy, and so enticing, to just pop over there for a second and see what’s up. Even so, I don’t post there very much, really.

I have noticed that I tend to complain just a bit more at Twitter than I do in myΒ  blog posts; or at least it seems that way. Wonder why? I’m deciding right now as I type this, I don’t want to do that. Because if I focus on the things I don’t like, it will give them more attention, and thus more power! (Isn’t that what I’ve been telling me all these years?) I sorta kinda already knew this, but the tweets, these strange short little outbursts, seem to bring out the complaining. I want to do only mostly positweets. (Trying to be realistic, here, and not make “rules”, just preferences.)

So, I use Twitter the most. The one that uses me the most is Gaia. It’s this spiritual/conscious sort of network, and I’m a little…surprised at how much marketing is involved. I checked the box that said I wouldn’t mind receiving an “occasional” email from them with “special opportunities” for “people like me”. I have been a member for nine days, and I’ve received 10 emails from them. Guess I ought change my preferences. I know we all need an income, etc., and I might have bought buy some of their products, but I’d rather the focus be on the interesting discussions. Which I haven’t participated in. So I’m not sure what I’m really doing there, other than it seemed like a gathering place for people with some of my interests. We’ll see.

And I haven’t put any more books up on Library Thing, yet, but I’ve had a very busy week, and I will soon have more time for that. They are good folks and I like the site. I’m looking forward to trying out the one Care recommended, too.

Let’s see if I can remain positwitterific! {Can’t believe I said that!} πŸ™‚

P.S. Oh yeah, I now totally get what people mean when they say that the appeal of Twitter can’t be explained, but must be experienced. It’s very different than I thought it would be. If this keeps up, I might even join facebook!. Nah!


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Glad you’re liking Twitter!

And yes, you can’t really understand it until you do it, which in my case was over two years ago! I’m still not tired of new people joining though!

but facebook is the best of them all! you can twitter there, put up your books (not with librarything but other similar apps) and find all your hippie earthier spiritualie people there! do consider facebook… you really can stay as anonymous as you like. *whispers* they ask for your real name but they wouldn’t know that ‘museditions’ is not in your id, you know… πŸ˜›

Thanks for the update. You almost had me wanting to tweet. And that’s a big thing because I have so many friends trying to get me to sign up to that and facebook. I…must…resist…LOL! It is just a personal choice. I know many people who enjoy both.

Ughhh…nothing worse than all those e-mails for buy this…buy that…thank goodness for the delete button. I can’t wait to hear more about Gaia.

I am loving Library Thing but find it is a slow loading site. I’m not used to that. Many times they are down or it takes forever to accomplish something. Still…I am hooked.

I keep forgetting to twitter. I’m going to check out the gaia network. Sounds like it’s up my alley. I do facebook too. I tend to comment more on there.

I just peeked at your tweets and you don’t seem negative at all. Maybe if you think of it as kveching, it will seem softer to you. πŸ™‚

You’ve got a new follower Muse πŸ™‚

Twitter really does have to be experienced before someone can ‘get it.’ I find myself doing a tweet or two every few days (which I too see more like my complaints πŸ˜† ), and it is a nice way to share phone pics as well. Not sure if you know, but you should have an account on now, since they are I believed owned by Twitter, and you can share camera phone pics as tweets to your followers.

Wow, two years is a long time, Cat! You seem to have taken to it like a…cat to a fish?!? πŸ˜‰ I have been enjoying your tweets. I’m still baffled about why I like it, but, there’s something about Twitter!

You’ve got a point, sulz. I could find all the things/peeps you mentioned. But, *whispers back* they asked me the “a” question and the “g” question! I don’t have an a or a g, at least on WordPress! (HeHe) πŸ˜›

Hello, BD. Well, don’t try it or not based on my testimony. πŸ˜‰ I’m still a noob, and a-scared of FaceBook. Anyway, you could always stop if you don’t like it. It’s not as if Twitter gives you a mandatory lifetime membership. πŸ˜› I’m starting to wonder about Gaia, actually. I got FOUR emails TODAY! I wanted to give it a little time before I opted out of the emails, but I think I’d like it better if they didn’t, I dunno, stalk me or something. πŸ˜• Hmmm, I haven’t experienced too much downtime with LT, but then I haven’t gone on there much lately. I’m just swamped right now; better in mid-May. (But it’s all good!)

I can easily understand forgetting about Twitter, Joan. I have it in my “favorites” menu, but it’s not quite a habit, yet. I’m glad you’re enjoying FB; it seems a great place to post your pictures and videos!

So, you’re a “tweet-peeker” ella? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for telling me that. I’m glad they don’t seem too complainy. Kvetching, yes! We all need to do that. Great suggestion. I hearby rename my Twitter account “Kvetcher”. Things I post there are Kveets, yes? πŸ˜€

Oh, that’s cool, Shane, I’ll follow you too, thanks. πŸ™‚ I don’t see you there yet, though. πŸ˜• I didn’t know about the pics. I don’t, at the moment, have a camera phone 😳 but I keep fondling the iphones in the Apple store. πŸ˜‰

Yeah, it’s a long time. According to one of the many Twitter tools out there it was 29th of March ’07. But if you look at my Twitter stats you can see that it took me a while to get used to it.

It’s all about finding the right people and mix. Plus initially I mainly used it for broadcasting and not dialogue.

For me it’s an integral part of my life, Twitter’s normally the first thing I look at in the mornings even before emails.

Of course, now it’s easier as there are more people around, initially I only followed about six people as I didn’t know more, but it’s insane how much it’s taken off in the last six months.

Oh, Muse, sometimes you make me laugh at myself! Are you sure it is not a mandatory life sentence? LOL! I have a few reasons for trying to NOT join. One being that I really don’t want to spend more time on the computer than I already do and I’m afraid it will take away my time. That I’ll get caught up in it.

2nd that I’ll have to start chatting with people. I’m not big on small talk. I only answer my telephone when I want to talk. (Bad, isn’t it?) I know so many people and the thought of having to catch up or chit chat with everyone just turns me right off of joining. I’d rather be with people I know in person than communicate on line with them.

Maybe that is rude or silly of me, but I couldn’t handle 50 or 60 “how is the weather, gossip or what’s up” a month let alone every week or day. It’s giving the the shivers just thinking about it! LOL!

I will admit that it has been hard to opt out. πŸ™‚

I tried Tweeter once (for a day or so) and found out that is not my thing… it just didn’t appeal to me.

I guess am one of those rare(?) people who don’t use it (be it for one reason or another) at all.

Still waiting for you on Facebook, Muse! LOL And Bead!

muse, about Facebook, you don’t have to bring your blog with you there if you don’t want to. (but I do think you should check it out). I’ve been using both Facebook and Twitter but in very different ways.
Facebook is for real world friends I actually know. We comment on photos of families/parties/trips and beat each other in quizzes/games’ scores (you know so much about people thru those stuff that you never knew before, who’s good with words, who’s a movie junkie, who has great eyes or knows geography, etc etc). And with some college old friends/long-distance folks/even coworkers Facebook is almost the only way to keep in touch with them, know what they’re up to lately.

But when I’m on Twitter, I’m on the internet. It’s still blogging, however micro it is, but it’s also a massive internet chat room where you can jump into conversation with anyone on any topic (if you have a client software).

I’m trying to write a post about twitter, but I need time to do it well.

BTW, my advice: wait till you’ve been tweeting for 3 months and have at least 200 tweets before assessing your feeling about twitter. It’s waaaaaaay too early for you now πŸ˜‰

oops pushed the button too quick… forgot to add this about u getting on facebook: To start I think it’d be better (and easier) for you if you first check it out with your real name and only your real world friends; after using it “for real” for a while and you get comfortable with it, you can decide if you want to add one or two of the blogging friends that you don’t mind knowing a bit more about you… (you don’t have to display your age/gender on your facebook profile, (everything has privacy setting), but rarely anyone who uses FB regularly doesn’t use their real name. Heard of the cat lost 2 years found thru facebook story? . It’s your social profile, like LinkedIn is one’s professional profile.)

I said those because I think it’d be good for you, even if you never add me as your FB friend… πŸ™‚

I haven’t even begun to check out all the TwitterTools yet, Cat! Oh my, what have I gotten myself into?!? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the link; I shall check it out. That’s interesting that Twitter is the first thing you look at. For me it’s email, and then Blog! I’ll never, never choose Twitter over my blog—oh, scary! πŸ˜› Thank you for all the help you’ve been, I really appreciate it. And I’m likely to call upon you in the future. πŸ™‚

I’m glad you laughed, BD. I didn’t mean to tease you but I could hardly help myself. πŸ˜› You are right about the time spent; that’s one of the reasons I’m wary about Facebook and Fora—so time consuming. Still, the itty bitty twitties (hehe) don’t seem to take too much time. πŸ˜‰ Well, I hardly ever answer the phone at all! I’m worse than you! (Not that you’re bad, you know.) πŸ˜‰ I like to let people just leave messages, then I try to email the answer if I can! I’m not a big phone talker. (Or at least I haven’t been since I was 16.) I agree with you, just chat is not my thing. Twittering can be really funny, though, I’m finding. With the 140 character limit, people get quite creative.

Not for you then, Juan? You may be rare, but I was right there with you until a couple of weeks ago. {Alas; what is to become of me?} I shall respect your non-Twittering ways. πŸ™‚

I hope you are a patient man, Will! {hehehe} πŸ˜‰

Thank you so much, WBetween, for your advice! You rock! πŸ™‚ That’s a good suggestion about being the real me for family on Facebook. I have some cousins that insist I look at the photos of their children on there! {Hah!} Oh, Twitter for three months? I don’t know if I’ll last three months. But, I respect your expertise, so I’ll hang in there for a while. Hmmm, if I DO create a Facebook acct., I can see what you posted there—that’s pretty good incentive! I’m (surprisingly) starting to get a little uncomfortable about having a “secret” identity online. I really need to think about this. Thanks again for your caring, and for such good advice. I look forward to your post about Twitter. πŸ™‚

We’re all twits, hurray! Now all we need is to steal a box of BlackBerry phones and pass them ’round and then be hardcore, like those damned yuppies in Subi; only with more braincells!

I don’t know if I like twitter or not. First off I don’t update regularly. There are days I do, days I don’t. Twitter also makes me wonder how random people are following me. Why they do? Idle mind I suppose πŸ˜€
Like Sulz, facebook for me πŸ™‚ Shelfari also appeals πŸ™‚

You’re more than welcome to, Muse! I’m always happy to help. πŸ™‚

Ha! I was going to say the same thing to Will. Don’t hold your breath. LOL πŸ˜‰

Well, I am in subi, but not a yuppie. And I hope I have 2 or 3 brain cells left, VS. I don’t want to have a blackberry, oddly enough, but I encourage you and my other bloggie chums to get together and buy me an iphone! πŸ˜‰

Oh, yeah, I forgot about Shelfari, Apar. I’ve heard of it, but don’t know what it is or what it does. I’ll find out.! πŸ™‚ :guilty confession: I’m starting to like Twitter. Oh, dear. πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to find you over there.

Cat, you rock! πŸ™‚

I think he likes us anyway, BD πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

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