So, I finally caved in and made a Twitter. I was never actually against Twitter and I never really resisted it. I just thought of it as another website—along with e-mail, my blog, Facebook, and Blackboard—that I had to log into on a daily basis. I didn’t really want the pressure of having to keep another thing up-to-date, especially since I already feel that pressure with my blog. I get anxious about posting new things frequently enough so that I can keep my followers interested. Thus, when I signed up for Twitter, I figured I would probably delete it soon because it would be too much to keep up with.
Then, I realized that Twitter is awesome. I’ve only been on it for about a week now but I check it way more than Facebook and my blog. I figure that it’s good because I had a goal of not going on Facebook as much anyway. I felt bad about neglecting my blog but then I realized that Twitter is like a condensed blog and you can follow really cool people or companies or magazines.
Ever since I started using Twitter, I’ve really been in-the-know pertaining to current events and what’s going on around the world. I really love The New Yorker and The New York Times, so I started following them right when I signed up. But then, through those connections, I also found a bunch of other magazines that I’ve been reading too. The Week is now my new favorite magazine, and I like to read others such as The Daily Beast. I can even follow specific New York Times writers, which is really cool.
I also follow a Twitter that only posts motivational quotes, an author who writes shorties, and a tiny Buddha that offers words of wisdom. I can follow my favorite websites, like ZenHabits.net (for some mindful advice), tumblr.com (the host website for my blog) and TEDtalks.com (for inspiring lectures).
The best thing about Twitter is that it acts as a greater space that houses all of your favorite people, websites and news in one place. Now, instead of worrying about going to various places on the web, I can just type in one website and get a whole host of things to read. Plus, I don’t feel pressured to write long posts like on my blog, because I am limited to 140 characters. It’s quick and easy, which makes you want to keep up with it.
So, I’ve started to embrace the web. I thought that maybe I like Twitter because I have a short attention span, but don’t we all? The web has become more concentrated and condensed as we move toward an age where shorter is better.