Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
Whenever I log on to Twitter I get the song "Rockin' Robin" stuck in my head thanks to all the tweet, tweet, tweetily deettily deets in the chorus. No offense to Bobby Day, but thankfully I don't Tweet all that often. I feel like a social media failure and I'm at a crossroads.
I have shared my Twitter experience, to try to learn what this fad turned legit outlet is all about. And I have had a lot of great experiences. I have also had some struggles. It is not unlike blogging in that regard. But I don't have time to become a part of a meaningful community everywhere.
I only have so much of my personal time to give to the cause of developing online relationships. And no - I don't mean love connections. I mean collaborations of ideas, introductions to new things and the building of friendships - real, not virtual. I want more than a big list of followers I don't know. I'm all about quality - not quantity. I didn't like the popularity contests in high school, and my small but loyal circle of friends from those days has a much stronger bond than any wall of followers ever could.
Gwen @ Chew & Digest Books played a big part in making this Twitter experience more personalized by introducing me to Mixero. Mixero is a program that takes your Twitter account and presents it in a very cool, orderly way that makes viewing and filtering information from Twitter so much easier. It lets me do all kinds of fantastic things such as cutting out all of the noise of responses to random people I don't know and conversations I don't care about. I can choose to read only the person's actual tweets. I can set up a tray of groups that then allows me to select which member's tweets I want to scroll through on their own instead of sifting through the entire set of everyone's all together. Less of the good stuff gets lost in the shuffle.
My love for Mixero aside, I still can't muster up the energy to visit Twits often. Yes, I know. Twits is not exactly an official term. But it's what I can't help but say in my head as I read about mindless details of everyone's day. There just aren't enough serious tweeters out there. Half the time they are just links to posts that I have already seen via my feed reader. Plus, I personally never know what to tweet about. I don't want to share minutia and I don't want to do only self-promotion. So what am I supposed to do? I am supposed to interact and build relationships while competing with a bunch of other people for attention via quick hits.
I have found that I prefer to be verbose. I prefer to write blog posts that break all rules on length convention. I prefer to spend my time blog hopping and delving into a blogger's heart and soul. Rolling up my sleeves and having a conversation that digs deep. I do use Twitter to test out blogs that are new to me - since most everyone tweets their post links. And I like to participate in group activities or Tweet-ups to meet other like-minded twits...er folks.
I'm not abandoning Twitter. It serves a purpose. Just not one that lures me in like it seems to do for others. And not for nothin', but any big time site that needs another program to filter and make the experience usable isn't going to attract and keep the older, non-techies like moi. If Twitter looked like Mixero from the get go I would have fallen hard and fast. But even that shine has worn off a bit.
What am I missing about Twitter? Do you use any social media outside of blogging? How do you find the time? What purpose does it serve for you? In relation to bloggers, are Twitter and Facebook just a way to solve the interactive restrictions of blogging?