March 21, 2011

Twitter turns 5 today - happy anniversary, tweeters [breaking news musing]

It's twitters fifth anniversary today. The first tweet was sent on March 21st, 2006.

Just wanted to take a second to say what I like about Twitter. I've always liked to have an outlet to speak my mind, which is a pretty obvious thing for a blogger to say, but it's true. Before my first blog (on xanga), I loved when MSN got that status bar type thing where you could post song lyrics, a funny thought, a description of yourself etc. I liked that I could post something personal, or not, and that it wasn't intrusive because no one would see it unless they were looking for it. If they wanted to talk to me or wanted to know what's going on in my life, they could see this little blurb, but otherwise, they would never have to see. And I can be very annoying with my random thoughts!
This is why I've shied away from Facebook in recent years and come to use Twitter for my millions of annoying little thoughts. When I first got a Facebook profile, the status seemed unintrusive - again people would only see it if they wanted too. I have lots of friends on Facebook that I hardly talk to, as I'm sure we all do, but I'm such a stalker I don't want to do a cleanup. Since they've made the Facebook status so much like a tweet, I've stopped using them. I'm well aware that no one cares what record I'm listening to or what I had for breakfast, whether or not they are or were once a good friend.

But on Twitter, people CHOOSE to listen to your mini 140 character rants. They will follow you if they're interested in what you have to say, and if you turn out to be not their cup of tea, they can unfollow (love how that's not in the dictionary yet), and no hard feelings. Now this I can work with. Because I do love being annoying - I mean, having my voice heard. Yep, that's it.

By the way, you can follow me @musingsby.


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  2. Wow, time passes quickly. ;) Of course, I didn't really get into Twitter until 2010 or so, so it doesn't seem that old to me!