01st Feb2009

So I’m Trying This Whole Twitter Thing…

by Will

“All eyes on me in the center of the ring just like a circus.”

twitter-300x110

So, Marcus tells me I’m a shitty blogger these days, as love has kept me from the keyboard. If only the explanation were that simple. No, I’ve been away due to a cruel whore named Twitter.

I joined Twitter about 2 weeks ago, and I thought was awesome. Micro-blogging from anywhere, to my legion of followers. Problem is that I don’t exactly have a “legion” of fans. If ComScore monitored this site, I’m pretty sure that they’d find I have about 12 unique visitors. So, maybe Twitter wasn’t the best idea for me.

Also, I’m a note taker in terms of blogging. Ideas come to me, I write them on the back of a random receipt, I flesh them out, and then write full-blown posts. Well, Twitter became my random receipt, so I wasted a lot of good ideas on a nonexistent audience, bringing me to my next point: being on Twitter is like being in a conversation where nobody is listening to you.

When you really break it down, Twitter is what you would have if you just built a website based on facebook statuses. As much as I love the facebook status experience, I don’t like to think that I’m wasting my A material in the world of Twitter. For Twitter to be an engaging experience, it’s only as enjoyable as your followers/followees.

The most prolific person I follow spends most of his time posting about a hipster scene that I don’t understand, while I don’t really have any fans. I’m starting to use Twitter to “test out material” for the general public. Plainly put, an attention whore like myself is presently getting nothing out of Twitter, and it’s adversely affecting this blog.

Am I using Twitter effectively? Do I need more structure for this site? Maybe I do. I’ve been doing this for 5 years, and I never wanted to become one of those sites that does Album Review Tuesday. Then again, maybe that’s what I have to do in order to be a “destination website”. I just renewed this thing for another year, so maybe it’s time for a new direction. I guess time will tell.