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Twitteranting

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TwitterOk, if you’ve not heard of twitter, you need to, because it seems to be the new fad in online communication. Apparently it is streamlined blogging with one sentence updates of what you are doing throughout the day.

Now, before I rant, I usually like to clarify what I’m about to say by telling you what I am not saying, so that people don’t misunderstand. I am not about to say that twitter is evil or that people are foolish for using it. I am not about to say that it is not the future of blogging because it may very well be just that. I am not saying that my friends who twitter are no longer my friends or that they are inferior in anyway.

Having said all of that, let me tell you that if you are my friend and you twitter, I AM TALKING TO YOU!

Stop putting your twitter updates in your blog or rss feed to which I subscribe. If you want to tell the world that you are constipated or that you are having a bad hair day…week…life then fine. Frankly, I am skeptical that people want to know this about you, but… Who knows? There might be stalkers out there who have targeted you and you may very well enjoy helping them to plan their assault on you.

That is irrelevant to me. I care not one whit. I will gladly attend your funeral and will mourn appropriately and will be outraged at your untimely and gruesome death at the exactly appropriate level. I may even offer to adopt your children as a way to minister to your family.

I might just do ANYTHING in an attempt to dissuade you from telling me the minutiae of your existence in a constant flow of information.

I am interested in your thoughts on deeper things, so I put your blog in my feedreader, but to my surprise, I began to find the rudimentary goings on in the lives of people I once thought fascinating and it came in buckets of crushing and yet uninteresting information.

Let me simply say that I love you, but not that much.

My wife doesn’t even want to know that much of my life, and I am pretty confident that I don’t need to know that she put on lipstick at 9:14 am before a meeting. And we love each other a lot.

Now that I’ve said that, let me encourage you to twitter all you want, but if you don’t take those blasted updates out of your rss feed, I’ll take your rss feed out of my feedreader. I will still love you. In fact, maybe I’ll love you more from a distance. But I’ll know much less of what you think about real things and I will actually be the lesser for it.

So for the betterment of me, please, if you love me back, stop rss-ing your twitter. Or at least do it separately so that those who do like to stalk you can do it without my knowing as much as they do.

Have a good day.

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14 Responses to “Twitteranting”


  1. Kevin Bussey
    on May 1st, 2008
    @ 1:33 pm

    I didn’t know they came through the RSS. I don’t get any twitter updates on bloglines from any of my subscriptions.


  2. Benjamin Potter
    on May 1st, 2008
    @ 1:42 pm

    I’ve been kind of “twitterpated” about this coming through my reader, too. Hope you don’t mind my linking this post.


  3. art rogers
    on May 1st, 2008
    @ 3:51 pm

    Kevin,

    You are blessed.

    Benjamin,

    We at 12 Witnesses never complain about a legitimate link to this fine blog. It’s like a well deserved slap on the back. Thanks for the vote of confidence.


  4. Alan Cross
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 12:59 am

    Well deserved? I don’t know if I’d go THAT far . . .

    :)


  5. Rev. Michael
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 8:16 am

    So we have gone from “Would Jesus wear a rolex on his television show?” to “Would Jesus twitter while He walked down the road to Emmaus?”

    Art, I have begun to feel like an idiot when reading your blog lately. Although I am young by many standards I was positioned right before the technology wave and have yet to have the income to let me dabble in it. My wife and I remember being in college in the early to mid 90′s and seeing no one with cell phones. I don’t remember a single person with one. I do remember stopping at pay phones to call someone…do they still have pay phones? TWO YEARS after graduating I am teaching in a middle school where nearly half the kids are bringing cell phones to school!

    God gives a lot to some and not so much to others. We simply have to be a good steward of what we are given right? No bitterness and no jealousy (most of the time) intended in comparing family incomes but my palm pilot is the paper calender my association gives me. My stylus is some random business’ pen I have accidentally walked off with. I’m still not sure if you have just invented the word “twitter” or not. My income is not the only hindrance I also pastor a church so far out in the countryside that we have to pipe in sunshine. We are 30 minutes from the nearest town with a grocery store. Most folks in my congregation don’t even do email, so twittering isn’t on our topic list.

    I hope you all aren’t reading a complaining tone into my typing. I find it funny to be 34 and tech-less. My youth group laughed at me the other day when I referred to a Walkman. Dude! I thought it was awesome to get one as a birthday present in high school! Now they are asking what a Walkman is? My parents were still listening to their 8 tracks when I was in middle school! I’m feeling too old now! Think I’ll go outside and watch the deer play in the field. Fell free to twitter and rss (random squirrel shooting?) while I’m away…whatever it is. God bless.

    Michael


  6. art rogers
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 11:25 am

    Michael,

    We’ve all been there. I remember the first time a teenager brought a cell phone to Youth Group and we didn’t have one in our home. It seemed outrageous to me.

    And my Treo is falling apart after 2 years of hard use, but I can’t afford to replace it. My wife and I literally talked about using duct tape on it last night.

    But I scrimped and saved for it, as I do for all of my tech stuff.

    I hope you don’t really feel like an “idiot” for not caring for tech stuff. Really. Just because I’m a nerd doesn’t mean that everyone should be. I just want to help those other geeks out there be better at their geekiness.


  7. Marty Duren
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 11:31 am

    Benji-
    I’m impressed. I didn’t know anyone else would bring up the Bambi reference. I, too, fear that an overabundance of folk have gotten twitterpated. Maybe it’s the springtime air; that’s what the owl would say.


  8. Quinn Hooks
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 1:59 pm

    Art,
    I didn’t know Twitter could do this. I’m like Kevin, I don’t have this problem with any of my feeds.


  9. art rogers
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 2:12 pm

    Maybe you are subscribed tot he same feeds to which I am subscribed…

    Like Kevin, you are blessed. Rejoice! :)


  10. Rev. Michael
    on May 3rd, 2008
    @ 7:29 am

    I do feel like an idiot but that’s okay. There are lots of topics that make me feel such. It just seems tech idiots are more and more in the minority. Oh well. No hard feelings. Y’all just twitter away and I’ll just wait for more ministerial / theological discussions. I’m not the best commenter anyway. The blogs I frequent find me more of a taker than a giver. Probably something I should work on.

    For the nerds in all of us … saw Iron Man last night. I went in with negative thoughts because I didn’t like the choice of Robert Downey Jr. and because Iron Man was one of my favorite comic books as a kid. I aimed my expectations low but was surprised. It was pretty good. Warning- the first portion of the movie (when Tony Stark is quite the womanizer and war-monger) may not be very good for young, impressionable minds although he learns some lessons and does aim for change. Second warning- the main character is also an alcoholic which the ramifications of will not be dealt with until the sequel apparently. Well done though.


  11. Quinn Hooks
    on May 4th, 2008
    @ 4:24 pm

    Art,
    Thanks for the rant. I hope you don’t mind me linking to this post. BTW, have you seen JOTT?


  12. art rogers
    on May 4th, 2008
    @ 5:11 pm

    Quinn,

    Links from readers and friends are always welcome.

    I haven’t seen JOTT, but I’m scared already. Or is it excited? Could be more fodder for the blog… :D


  13. Quinn Hooks
    on May 4th, 2008
    @ 6:05 pm

    Here’s the link: http://jott.com/

    Quinn Hookss last blog post..Do you JOTT?


  14. Barbara Ling
    on May 14th, 2008
    @ 2:08 pm

    I don’t have Twitter in my blog’s RSS, because Google indexes those pages with great joy and excitement and quite frankly, I do NOT want those comments available so easily online.

    Folks read my blog to learn about marketing/make money, not to learn about my hour-to-hour happenings.

    Data points,

    Barbara

    Barbara Lings last blog post..Twelcome To My Twitter Page!

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