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140 CHARACTERS OF 'ME ME ME'

The little blue bird and the fail whale don't impress me.

When I first created a Twitter account my freshman year, I thought it would be another way for me to communicate with my friends in case a Facebook/cell phone apocalypse occurred, not to mention there had been a good amount of talk from news organizations about the majesty of Twitter. I thought, "Wow, I can interact with my friends and become better educated about the happenings of the world. Sign me up!"

But after a few months I realized that only a few people I knew had Twitter accounts, and the only news I saw on Twitter was about celebrities. Over time I grew bored with Twitter's nonsense, and I took leave of the little bird and whale. I briefly came back after my parents found out about my secret Facebook account and made me delete it. But eventually I persuaded the parents I am mature enough to handle Facebook, and my Twitter account was deleted forever.

It surprises me that Twitter still remains one of the most prominent social networking sites. For the typical teenager, Twitter is merely a way for the tweeter to share annoying aspects of her life that no one, not even Facebook friends, cares about. Most tweets from my peers are as sophisticated and interesting as a Rebecca Black song. These tweets consist mostly of reports about what food the tweeter is eating, how bored she is, etc. I cannot comprehend why people tweet what they do, other than that they are self-absorbed. Why else would someone broadcast to the Internet every two hours in super-exciting (not) detail what she is doing?

Plus, don't get me started about the weird Twitter language that includes lots of @'s, #'s and RTs. I think Twitterspeak is ugly, another reason my time on Twitter ended.

I'm not saying Twitter does not have valuable purpose, such as sharing news quickly around the world. Recently, a Pakistani man, Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual), tweeted about the U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden as it was happening, giving us another perspective of the raid. And Newt Gingrich announced his plans to run for the Republican nomination for president via Twitter. Of course there is that famous photo of the airplane that landed safely in the Hudson River that really kickstarted Twitter's rise, or the TwitPic an airplane passenger took this week of the space shuttle Endeavour.

But for most of the people I know who use Twitter, it's a place where narcissists follow bigger narcissists and tell the uncaring world about the unfolding minutiae of their day.

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