So, I finally join Twitter. I don't really know why, except that it seemed like something everyone was doing these days.
I've resisted joining Twitter for years now, mainly because I wasn't quite sure what I would do with a Twitter account that I wasn't already doing with this blog.
But yet, the thought kept lurking at the back of my mind, everyone else was doing it. Am I missing out on something? Is there some sort of pleasure that only the initiated know? Finally I decided I might as well give it a try. (You only live once, and all that, might as well take some risks and create a Twitter account, even if I wasn't sure what I needed it for.)
Actually the timing is not completely random. I recently broke down and bought a smart phone. (I avoided buying a smart phone for as long as I could, just as 10 years ago I avoided buying a cell phone for as long as I could. But eventually cell phones became a social necessity, because people stopped making any plans in advance and everyone relied on calling up people on the phone at the last minute, and if you didn't have a cell phone you suddenly didn't have a social life. Once I discovered how much of modern social life is being conducted via chatting on smart phones and Facebook, the urge to be included--and my constant paranoia about being left out--overcame my technophobia, and I broke down and make the purchase.)
Obviously Twitter is perfectly designed for smart phones, so I figured I might as well try out and account.
So, now, what does one do with a Twitter account?
My first couple - tweets, I flirted with the idea of self-promotion of this blog. But then this brief moment of insanity passed, and I regained my senses. (There is a lot of crap and self-indulgence on this blog. The way I justify all this self-indulgence is by telling myself that no one is forced to read this blog--readers come and go as they wish, and if I'm writing self-indulgent crap then at least no one is reading it who doesn't want to. Spamming people's twitter feeds with links to my blog would obviously under-cut this justification entirely.)
So, for the moment, I've settled on using Twitter mainly just to link to articles I find interesting. Or retweet stuff from other people. At the moment, it's more or less just a record of my Internet surfing. And I don't suspect it will ever grow into anything more profound than that.
Anyway, for anyone who's interested, I'm over here.
(PS--This guy here has a Twitter account using my name, but I have no idea who he is. He's not me, at any rate, so don't get confused.)
Link of the Day
Noam Chomsky on the Federal Reserve