This Is Social Media: (Not) Changing The World With Twitter

Those of us who have embraced social media to its fullest, who have made friends and made careers of or because of it, can be a quite defensive when an IRL (in real life) friend dismisses Twitter or Facebook. Or when a great writer or a psychologist rails against it hurting the creativity and creating walls.

We cry: What about the revolution in Egypt, the earthquake in Virginia, that story about finding a long-lost sister? How can anyone doubt Twitter?  Social media is amazing!  Important!

I log into Twitter everyday and just look at my stream of tweets:

Um, I wouldn’t shout that in an crowded theater either.
Exactly zero revolutions began on the company plane.
Nope. No one remembers.
Um, if anyone else can hear that, you’re sitting next to them.
Thus proving Back to the Future would’ve have been the worst movie ever had it included Twitter
This might be the most coherent tweet of the bunch.
If someone tweeted you back, ME TOO, they’re lying.
Nobody ever cares, but especially on September 11th. Way to be deep, me.
Broken zippers and the weather are totally changing the world.
Four people died from this tweet.
Are you trying to make Twitter fall asleep, too?
And here’s when I log out.

Okay, fine. Keep mocking Twitter but I knew about the east coast earthquake exactly 67 seconds before you did. Ha-HA! {sigh}

PS. You should follow all of these people on Twitter because they willingly submitted a faux pas, and anyone who takes themselves a little less seriously is worth knowing and knowing well. Or you should stop using Twitter all together and find them on their blogs where they make a lot more sense. Probably.

@wave412 found at www.bloggingwithmittens.com

@FandFdesign found at www.FandFdesign.com

@smacksy found at www.smacksy.com

@Jeb_Hoge found at www.jebhogewrites.blogspot.com

@TheSweetest3 found at www.thesweetest3.com

@MidwestMomments found at www.midwestmomments.blogspot.com

@KevinRothermel found at www.kevinrothermel.com

@ksluiter found at www.sluiternation.com

@barabarag0rd0n

@mmh1 found at www.food-for-my-life.blogspot.com

@MakeMommyCoffee (formerly @MicheleGreen) found at professionalgremlinwrangler.blogspot.com

Stay tuned for Part II. It’s either be: This Is Social Media: (Not) Changing The World With Facebook (and if you have a Facebook status to submit, email me quick. (alex@lateenough.com) or it’ll be: This Is Social Media: My Poor Friend Tom.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

26 thoughts on “This Is Social Media: (Not) Changing The World With Twitter

  1. Sheer awesomeness. I feel so much better about myself now. Plus I’m bursting with pride that I might be worthy of inclusion in part 2.

    This post would have come pretty close to making my night, were it not for Cotton Eyed Joe now playing in my head.

    Karma’s a bitch, @MidwestMomments. You’ll get yours. Bwahahaha.

  2. I never mean to insult people who tweet, but I freaking hate Twitter. However, I love Facebook, and I know plenty of people who think it’s for brain-damaged people. So there ya go.

    1. What I think is funny about Facebook users (ones I know, anyway) who hate Twitter is that they post the same stupid stuff on FB that other people post on Twitter.

  3. of course we are changing the world… we just don’t want them to catch on to it quite yet…. so we are doing it surreptitiously… like reeeeaaaallly slooooowly, or something

  4. Sometimes I think that I’ve missed the Twitter boat. I use it to post links to things I like (like this blog post!), but I just don’t GET it. I feel like there’s something MORE that I’m missing out on.

    Then I get a new follower. Someone with 1500 followers of his own – and only 17 tweets. And I realize that there’s really nothing to get.

  5. As I keep telling my husband “no one cares about my blog”. I mean, some people do, but my point is: it’s not going to change the world. True story.

    True, boring, story.

  6. I just fell back to sleep re-reading my tweet.

    Also? HA!

    Just pick any of my fb statuses ever. they are all worthy of being mocked.

    this is why i do social media. because i am too boring for real life.

  7. I thought I commented, but I guess it got lost. I don’t really get twitter. I mean, I use it, mainly to tweet links (like this one!), but I’m not sure that I GET it. Then I get a new follower – who has 1497 followers of his own and only 17 tweets – and I wonder if there’s really anything to get!

  8. This makes me realize I never remembered to send this to you. Not that I just ignored it – I logged into Twitter and went back for pages and pages and couldn’t find anything that stood out. Then I realized that was probably because everything was a faux pas. Then I felt sad.

  9. I had a choice to read this #lateenough post or the last episode of #trueblood for the fourth time.. I read the post. But now I have to go to the bathroom. BRB. #somepoepletwittereverythingtheydonomatterwhat

    1. Did you send me tweets? Everyone who was included did so voluntarily. Although cultivating a list is very tempting… I’m thinking of doing another one if you want to play. Facebook or embarrassing blog posts anyone?

      1. Oh… no, I didn’t send you anything. I must’ve missed that request. I thought you were just randomly making fun of people. I could probably be part of a bad FB status post, but I’d have to dig pretty deep to find a truly awful one. I try to keep my status updates sparing and fairly brilliant at this point.

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