This week is turning into a list of semi-embarrassing tidbits about yours truly. How did that happen? (If you missed it, Sunday ended in my admitting to missing a character, and yesterday I discussed my cast and—former!—Gossip Girl obsession.)
At least the little birdie is heading east :)
You may be wondering how on earth I could possibly be afraid of a social-networking tool. I obviously blog, I have a Facebook account**, I have previously had MySpace and Friendster accounts (although I think I have finally gotten those closed), and I have three email addresses. I am not anti-technology. I am not anti-social. Therefore, I should not be anti-social technology.
Here's the rub. I joined FB back in the days when you needed a .edu email address to get an account—very long ago indeed. We also all know that academics tend to have strong opinions. Having been on FB for *cough* years when Twitter rolled around, the FB backlash strongly influenced my understanding on Twitter: it's a useless long list of unrelated tweets about whatever random things Ashton Kutcher's brain can create, and a bunch of tweetheads who tweet sweet nothings in his ear. Does that sound positive to you?
But I have recently thrown myself into the blogosphere, full of writers and agents and editors who all suggest you follow them, be it for networking, researching, or simply gaining more points on that contest to receive so-and-so's latest ARC release. I've been pondering Twitter and it's meaning in my life now for two months and have yet to muster the courage/hutzpa/cajones/jajca to open an account.
Surely I have nothing to fear but the fear itself. Now I just need to move past it.
I would ask if you have a Twitter account, but that's probably an obvious yes. How do you use it? Do you tweet and retweet or just follow? And, forgive my ignorance here, but how do you follow a tweeted conversation when other tweets show up in between? Is there a Twitter equivalent to the Blogger dashboard or Google reader? Anybody got a Twitter for Dummies manual lying around?
**I am not trying to hide on FB from anyone, even though I haven't linked myself up here. At the moment most of my academic compatriots know nothing about my alternative life as a writer, and I'm not quite ready to have the world merge. If you're truly motivated, I would never deny a friend request. But when I get more of my clashing-world scenario smoothed out, I'll add an FB link on the sidebar.