I don’t know about this technology fad. Strange how it has been embedded into the culture. Everyone wants the new device to access the internet for college classes and whatnot. People use it for blogs like that on WordPress.com, people search for people like old friends on Facebook.com, and people are using it to share pictures on sites like Instagram. People are even using it to meet people on websites like Plenty of Fish (pof.com). What happened to the good old days when if you wanted to talk to someone you showed up at their house or met them at a bar? This is a silly fad.
Of course I jest about technology. Some of it is good, some of it is bad, and sometimes I just feel nostalgic about the times before it was mainstream. Technology has been growing as a way to share thoughts, ideas, opinions, and general information. I would not know anything about sharing my opinions of course. We, the consumer, do this through our mobile devices or laptops or computers, and these devices seem to help us reach out and touch someone as AT&T would say. The network and the websites which offer these social digital services, however, is how these devices are able to reach people.
We connect everyday with people through this websites. Some of it feels a little cold to me. With Facebook I can find people I know and try connecting with them. In fact, I have recently connected with some old friends using the website. That website I understand. Some of the other sites make me feel as if a connection is incomplete and distant. I wonder if anyone out there in the digital world is real because I cannot see or touch them to know if they are flesh and blood. That is how the digital world works, though, and that is why some of it feels cold. I am trying to warm up to it.
Technology is nifty. I understand the importance and value in it. I am a technology-nut of sorts. I dig it. Then again, some of these sites I don’t really even understand. For example, and the reason for me to start thinking about the technology fad, Twitter and Instagram are two of the sites I just do not “get” fully. Eating dinner? Post a picture of it on Instagram. Watching a program on television or participating in an event? Tweet about it on Twitter. I just do not get it. Some things people just do not care about. It is as if technology is for the “it is all about me” people. Then again, as I type this in a blog, I cannot say too much about it.
I just started using Twitter. I follow a few people, but I’m not really followed by anyone. The word “following” makes me think of a stalker though. I don’t know how I feel about following people in real life. I guess it is okay if you digitally follow.
The idea of just sending out a message like done on Twitter seems odd to me, too. A message is called a tweet. Some of the messages are informative while others are just rambling junk messages by dumb Twits. Maybe those who tweet should be officially called Twits and people can then upgrade their status from twits to tweeters or some other hierarchy. Just a thought. Pass it on if someone has not brought this up before.
So, a tweet is 140 characters sent out in often broken internet-speak as if it is just yelled out loud to a big crowd. I imagine as I tweet that I am just yelling in a crowded train station or public event. It seems cold. Twitter has a fix for that general yelling thing with “#” a.k.a. the hashtag. With this you can use keywords about your tweet and put a hashtag in front of it so you can easily categorize their message and other people can find it. If you want to yell at someone specific you can use their Twitter name which begins with the “@” like mine which is @themushandmilk if you want to follow me. Follow me, you creeps.
Another website I do not fully understand is Instagram. It reminds me of Twitter except with pictures. I could be wrong. I see if you prefer the idea that “a picture is worth a thousand words” then uploading pictures to share is a great idea. Pictures show so much more than I can ever in the words I write here. Other sites, like Facebook, you can share with friends and family, but with this site it can be shared with more people I guess. I get it, but I don’t know why some people use it to share a picture of their meal on Instagram. These people I can affectionately call InstaTwits.
The more I think about these sites the more I think about how in ways it brings people together. People can share thoughts with like-minded people and have a soapbox of their own. It seems, as Twitter and other social media sites, all of these sites are just other ways to both share and distance oneself from other people. At the same time it brings people together. Hmm. I “get” it, but I do not know all of the fun ways I can share, distance myself, and bring myself closer to other people at the same time.
I am no expert. These are just my thoughts and understandings. I am not trying to be funny, however, I am a technology-nut trying to understand and explain it for myself. I see the good and the bad. Some people who send tweets are just twits, and other people are really trying to do something with the site. I am warming up to it – slowly.
So many choices. So many ways to share information. The great wide internet, as it does, is coldly reaching out with digital fingers and grabbing people by their eyeballs. As I learn more about Twitter and Instagram I think I may learn to enjoy them. These can reach many people in short bursts and pictures unlike other technology sites and other forms of communication. Maybe the coldness of these technology tools will warm up to me. We will see, my digital, possibly not real people-like friends. All of these hashtags are making me dizzy. Tweet me you twit, and tell me about something. If you have nothing to say, just tweet me about your meal you just uploaded to Instagram. Creepy stalkers can follow me on Twitter @TheMushandMilk and send me a message. You Twit. #hashtagsforthemushandmilk #tweetsfortwits #instatwits