My first experience with social networking came years ago when MySpace was cool. Not when it was first cool-- I'm not that hip. I signed up after all my friends were already on board and I was home alone with my kids, newly single and without cable tv. And I was bored and decided to give it a shot.
A short time later, those same friends who got me on MySpace starting using Facebook, and I was again reluctant. As with MySpace, I didn't want to just be someone who joined the bandwagon, not to mention that Facebook seemed lame. I mean, you couldn't even add music to play on your page or customize your background. How was I going to express my personality?
Then, as MySpace emptied of all the cool people, I switched. And I love connecting with friends, sharing photos, and killing time seeing what people are up to all day.
A while back my teenage daughter informed me that no one uses Facebook anymore, and that twitter is now cool. So mainly in an effort to monitor her usage, I signed up there too. I basically just follow her and her friends and a few comedians for entertainment. But I've now realized that I'm behind the trend again. I've decided to give it a shot. But I don't totally get it yet and I have nothing to tweet.
Can someone give me lessons on this? It feels like learning a new language! I get on there and when I see tweets with all those hash tags and at signs I feel like Rosetta Stone should be making a Twitter line. I read a tweet and this is how it looks to me:
@randomperson #idontunderstand bla.hblah/blah @snooki #hilarious
And I'm like, YOU DIDN'T EVEN SAY ANYTHING! WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN??
But, I'm trying. If I ever pick this up, I'm listing it under skills on my résumé.