Don’t get Twitter? You must be old

May 4, 2007 at 12:36 pm 2 comments

In some amusing observations about Twitter at, Helen A.S Popkin suggests that it’s really just an age thing:

“Admitting you don’t “get” Twitter is like admitting you can’t hear those specialized ring tones only audible to the young… That you’re no cooler than your parents complaining about “the rap music.””

You’re probably a “war-torn veteran of Web 1.0,” reduced to sneering at “un-jaded Generation Y with anticipatory schadenfreude and jealousy.” Uh oh, where do I sign up?

I’ve likened Twitter in the past to catnip for tech bloggers – for some unexplained reason, they just can’t get enough of it. Helen calls it the Paris Hiltoning of America: “Twitter is always on, always looked at, and at a 140 character limit, doesn’t have the capacity to be either deep or meaningful.”

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  • 1. Clive  |  May 16, 2007 at 5:04 pm


    I don’t ‘get’ Twitter. I think I’m old.


  • 2. ebrown  |  May 22, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I get Twitter, I just find I do not have time to spend in other’s lives — mine’s busy enough as it is. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and care about what they are doing, but honestly I do not care where they are every minute of the day or what “new” thing they have discovered. Because we have F2F relationships as well as tech-enabled relationships we communicate as needed and not just because we can. For me it is more about intentionality than spontaneity. Does that mean I am not spontaneous? You can ask my friends – I am very spontaneous. Yet, as soon as I do it on a regular basis, I cease to become so.



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