Shannon has convinced me to try Twitter. It’s amazing that it’s taken me this long to try it since I have used pretty much all the other “putting every single thought that crosses your mind on the internet”-related programs in existence. What sold me on it was Shannon’s assurance that it’s a great way to keep up with people and can actually be used efficiently to save time, as long as you limit yourself and don’t let it become a distraction. The first part sounds great. But not limiting myself and letting it become a distraction is sort of the story of my relationship with the internet, so we’ll how it goes.
Because of my sneaking suspicion that I might end up letting this allow me to procrastinate more than I already do, I’m going to just do a week trial period for now. Next Wednesday I’ll reevaluate and decide if I’m going to stick with it.
Knowing me, I probably won’t be able to handle it. If I had to guess, I’d say the five likeliest reasons that I’ll have to discontinue Twitter use are:
- 90% of the posts will begin with “I’m supposed to be using this time to work on my book, but…”
- I’ll be talking to someone and forget it’s not private and end up saying something inappropriate / offensive / incriminating.
- As I have a bad tendency to do with most web stats, I’ll interpret the “followers” number to represent my value as a human being.
- I will reveal to the world how disturbingly little I leave the house by the number and frequency of updates.
- My husband will come home to the kids painting the walls with toxic chemicals from a cabinet they raided, toys will strewn across the living room, dinner boiling over on the stove, and if he tries to ask me about it I’ll say without looking up from my laptop, “Can’t talk. Busy Twittering. If you have something to say, text me on Twitter @conversiondiary.”
All that said, I’m looking forward to trying it. You can find me at twitter.com/conversiondiary.
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