Most of us have already gone through several love/hate relationships with Facebook: been in love, been addicted, broken up, gotten back together. I get it. Facebook still seems like the original social media (yeah, yeah, I know there was myspace and stuff), and now, in social media years, it’s like the old aunt at the baby shower. There a zillion other social medias–Instagram pops to mind–that apparently youngsters hop to. Whatever.
Meanwhile, I’ve had a Twitter account for about a year. Yea, about-a-year-anniversary for me! I got on it because of my writers group. No, we don’t do anything important with or on Twitter; we just sometimes talk about at our meetings. I get the impression that there’s an art to it, a smart-ness to it, if you will, that it’s important for self-promotion and stuff. If you have anything important to promote, like a book or yourself or something.
Of course, I didn’t really “get” Twitter. See, Twitter is apparently something you “get.” I thought I’d “get” it by having an account and checking in once in a while. But whether or not I “get” it, it hasn’t taken on that (slightly) more personal feel that Facebook has. I would really only check in on Twitter when I felt like I needed to scale back on how often I would check Facebook out of sheer boredom. (Both my numbers and use of images is low, so my own activity I pretty worthless on Facebook. Yet…I still check it out.)
Then, my children’s principal sent out notice that he was opening a Twitter account. In order to help us see important things going on in the school/district. So please follow him. But don’t be sad if he doesn’t follow back. (Well. Then.)
Since I already have a Twitter account, I bit.
Now, I a slightly interested in Twitter.
Not because I am getting particularly exciting, enhancing tweets from the ol’ principal. The principal who won’t follow me back. On the contrary, I have some bizarre, maybe competitive or passive-aggressive desire to do Twitter better than the school boss.
I bet I can craft much more interesting, informative and relevant tweets that the ol’ principal. Edgier. Funnier. Better to “follow.”
Or…will I just end up sending tweets from the principal’s office?
Curious minds want to know. Or not.