Thursday, July 23, 2009

Twitter for Dummies? Meet the Dummy.

I would consider myself to be an "intermediate" when it comes to technology and the internet. I know how to work with my computer pretty well. Back in the days when I had a desktop, I even installed extra memory into the "innards" of my computer all by myself. THAT was scary.

I blog. I tweet. I even facebook. But for the life of me, I can't figure out the fascination with facebook. I'll admit, I love to hook up with old friends I haven't seen in a while. But, really, the superpoke? Do I really need to be Superpoked? And I could give a rat's patootie what my secret superpower is. And, NO I don't want to join any more causes, thankyouverymuch.

Anyway, I digress...

I love twitter. Well, I kinda like twitter. If twitter were my boyfriend, I'd probably swoon when he walked by, since he's so popular, but I'd wonder exactly what he's thinking all the time.

See, I get how to tweet. I get that I basically type in what I'm doing at any given point in time:

I'm going to buy peanut butter. Crunchy Jif. MMMMMM
or
Am I the only one who crosses her legs when I'm about to sneeze?
or
I own an MP3 player for the sole reason of drowning out my childrens whining voices.

whatever.

But, what is RT? And why would I use it? And when? And what about all the # business? Did I miss Twitter 101 somewhere??? And, how do people download all those fun backgrounds onto their twitter homepage?

A few people have tried to explain to me what it is for, but their answers came on Twitter. So, they only had 140 characters to leave an answer. Kinda left me hanging. You get the idea...

23 comments:

Lulu said...

thanks for visiting my site... i have ec dropping on the right side portion

Jen said...

you make me laugh. I seriously don't get the Facebook thing. I am there because everyone is there.
Twitter. I am coming to really love it in my own way. I don't know about the background thing but I think I understand the others...
RT means Retweet. Its something that one person said that other people think needs to be out there more like a contest or announcement.
#business is when some won wants to form a group about the same topic.

Helpful?

Aleta said...

I don't twitter, but I do FB, mainly for friends that live out of state. It's a less frequent type of twitter in that you can check in every couple of days and not get bogged down with quick responses. Lol. But I know what you're talking about regarding all those quizes, etc. I even wrote a poem about it not long ago and plan on doing a post too. Lol

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Twitter for me is like the supernice popular girl at school who I want to hang out with but find it difficult to keep up with all her coolness.

FYI, the # thing is to tag a topic for people who search Twitter. Like, if I am talking about the Oscars I would type "blah blah blah #oscars" so anyone who wanted to see what everyone was saying about the Oscars would find my Tweets. I can't even imagine you wanting to spend that kind of time worrying about it though.

Hey, why haven't you friended me on Facebook yet? I don't do the weird quiz things either, and I certainly would not ask you to support the same causes I do ;D

Mommy Bear said...

I don't get the whole facebook thing either. I have tried but gave up. I would rather do twitter. RT means Retweet.

Your post made me smile.

Schmoochiepoo said...

I don't twitter. I don't get it. I suppose I use my Facebook like twitter as I update it several times a day but really, do people really want to know when I'm heading to the bathroom?

HaB said...

I have learned, that blogging and twitter seem to go hand in hand. Kind of like peanut butter and chocolate. =)

I have a love/hate relationship with FB - It was fun for a while - I have a page, but, I just can't keep up with the Green Patches, Poking, Vampire Wars & the mafia? I think because of all of that, I have gravitated towards Twitter. But, I learned the hard way that people are not always so nice via twitter. And, because you are limited to a 140 characters, it is hard to really get a sense of what someone can mean sometimes. I twitter'd some suggestions to someone, based on their tweet about their non sleeping toddler and then I got blogged about because the person really didn't want any help and really didn't appreciate my suggestions - they just wanted to whine about their sucky sleep situation. Oh well. Live and learn. =)

Stacie's Madness said...

haha, you are funny.

I think RT is retweet.

that's about all I know ;)

J said...

Yep, RT is "retweet", you can use it to retweet what another person said. Like when someone passes on info on a sale or something, I just RT @theirname there is a sale!

There is a retweet button on Twitterific and some of the other mobile phone interfaces so you don't have to retype anything, which is neat!

I agree, I have placed a moratorium on any more "SuperPOke" or applications on Facebook. Too many applications!!

Jennifer said...

I have the same problem. Read this: http://www.musingsofahousewife.com/2009/07/twitter-for-dummies-beginners.html

She does a fantastic job of explaining it and how to use it.

Wendy said...

You've got to see what one of my other favorite bloggers put up the other day:

http://dingobarbie.com/thedingo/?p=2170

If you want to see a truly hilarious tweeterer, look up badbanana or brianbolter. Those guys crack me up.

Here are some badbanana tweets:

Tying a rope around my waist. If this meeting isn't over in two hours, someone pull me out.

My weekend did not contain nearly enough weekend.

Bruno made $30.4 million this weekend. It's the biggest opening for a gay mockumentary since Top Gun.

Half of the appeal of staying up late is the total absence of morning people.

---------

Maybe I have a weird sense of humor, LOL

Wendy

JennyMac said...

HAHA. I agree with the poking, the gifting, the games, the "what kind of 80s song would you be" of FB is SO silly. STOP.IT. But Twitter? Ugh. I dont like it at all. Although I am much more savvy about it now from reading these comments. :)

Priscilla said...

I'm still working on the twitter thing too ... I am with you on liking it..

Facebook.. Love it but don't get teh poking either ... ooh and I like the games . Farkle. scrabble :D

you get the picture.

I LOL at the poop siggie on your walmart receipt

you like new visitors I hope :D

Anna See said...

i have no clue about twitter. i feel like i might get more blog views if i twittered, but i am afraid it'd be a huge time suck. is it?

Frogs in my formula said...

I dunno. I just don't get Twitter. I want to, but it feels lame to post updates on my status all the time. Does anyone really care? Besides, my life is not that exciting...

McMommy said...

It looks like you got all your answers answered.
But if you need anything else, just DM me. #I'mATwitterholic

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

I feel the same way about twitter.. haha :D Thank you for the love on my SITS day!

Bridgett said...

Ok, I still don't facebook (friends from high school friending me? No thanks...). And I don't twitter. I just don't. I can't believe that I would be able to say ANYTHING in 140 characters!

Bridgett said...

And I don't know how I missed it but I just saw the virtual ultrasound or whatever on the side. Iknow you mentioned pregnancy a wihle back but then I didn't catch anything else about it...I'm glad to see that. Congrats for real!

FROGGITY! said...

thanks for visiting me the other day!

i just started twittering and have NO CLUE what i am doing. lol

coco-ono said...

Lol, Im right with you. I cant even twitpic.

Natalie said...

okay, i joined twitter but got overwhelmed and stopped twittering.. then david got me and iphone and i got really addicted to facebook! i don't do the quizes and flare and poke things... just read and comment on status updates, pictures and some links.

oh and the # things are called hashtags and depending on what tool you are using for twittering you can read only those. i know that on tuesday nights the #gno (girls night out) is popular among many of the mommy bloggers...

Natalie said...

oh and we need to be facebook friends... send me a friend request!