Call Me a Twitter Head
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Many months ago, I signed up for Facebook, mostly because so many of my journalist friends and former colleagues were on there. I quickly reconnected with my old work pals from both South Florida and Philadelphia, and even a few from my days as editor of Organic Gardening. Then slowly old high school and college friends found me, and they joined the circle of chatter. And eventually readers of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home came to the circle, too.
Now I've made the leap to "that other" social networking site: Twitter. I've always had a bit of a prejudice against Twitter. I think it was the name. It just sounded like a forum for twits. And the rule restricting all messages to no more than 140 characters seemed like an artificial conceit. But more and more people -- people whose opinions I respect -- were telling me how smitten they were by it, and how connected it made them feel. They said the forced brevity equated to a refreshing rarity in today's world of bloated blogs and online blather: succinctness. Haiku for the masses. One of the Twitter converted was my agent, Laurie Abkemeier, who twitters regularly, often about the business of books and publishing. She suggested I at least check it out. And so I did, and now I'm officially a Twit in Training. I'm still getting used to the social conventions on the site and to writing in abbreviated bursts. ("Rain but no raincoat. Wet walk with wet dogs. Where is the sun?") But it's fun and interesting and an utter time sponge.
If you want to join me on either site, I'd love your company. The more the merrier.
www.facebook.com (and search for me by name)
See you there -- and of course, here.
posted by John Grogan at 8:08 PM