I just had someone ask to follow me on Twitter and was amazed to hear that I didn’t use it. I also don’t use Facebook or any of the other newfangled social networking sites. Why? Because they all suck. I have no interest in what they’re peddling.
I tried the “Great Twitter Experiment” for about 6 months a couple of years back and concluded that it was a complete waste of my time. It was virtually all spam, even from the very few people I cared enough to follow and while I did get a couple hundred followers very quickly, the amount of quality content or discussion that came from any of them was virtually nil. It’s hard to debate anyone seriously in 160 characters or less and it’s impossible to hold anyone accountable, they just vanish when they can’t answer the questions. Sorry, I see nothing worthwhile in any of that.
See, way back in the day, this new thing called “messengers” came out. AIM was the first and best known of the day and I, like most people, used it. However, you ended up having to lock down your friends list pretty quickly or you’d get spammed into next week. Sure, it was fun being able to talk to your friends any time they were online, but it suffered the same problem as Twitter in that it was hard to have a serious conversation due to limitations in message length. It was easier, if you wanted to talk, to just pick up the phone and call. As such, I haven’t used a messenger in years.
Facebook, you say? What’s good about Facebook? It lets people from your past find you? Well hell, if I wanted them to find me, I wouldn’t have lost contact in the first place! Add to that the fact that the vast majority of Facebook people I’ve seen are just vain asshats who think the world needs to know what music they’re listening to or what they’re doing every second of the day, I pass. Sorry, I just don’t care.
If people want to contact me, there are many options. They can e-mail me, although I will admit that I don’t check my e-mail as often as I should. They can comment on my blog. They can go to any of the forums I frequent and send me a message. For closer friends, they have my phone number and can call or text I’m not hard to get ahold of. I just won’t follow them around on Twitter or hang out on their Facebook page. I find both idiotic.