Does Twitter Kill the Moment?


I love the internet. I have a love/hate relationship with email. I enjoy facebook…sometimes. Technology is great and I can be as connected as I want to be. But I’m not sure how connected I really want to be!

This leads me to the Twitter movement. Here’s the tag line on the twitter website:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Here’s my question: Why do I need to know what you are doing…all the time?! And why do so many people feel like they have to tell people what they are doing?

I just saw someone’s twitter feed on their blog. She was telling the world that she was “in line at the grocery store, picking up a few things.” Who needs to know that? And why does she think everyone needs to know that?

My frustration with Twitter is that all these mobile updates end up occupying what could otherwise be valuable down time…quiet space in this already too-busy life.

I guess I could pull out my phone at a red light and tell everyone i’m at the corner of kingston pike and campbell station road…or maybe I could say a prayer, or think about a friend, or turn around and talk to my daughter in the back seat.

I love my friends, but I don’t need a play-by-play of your day…and you don’t need one of mine either. I don’t need to update you on what i’m doing because i can be more present in the moment if i’m not worried about telling you and the world about it!

Now I want to know if President Obama is really updating his twitter, or if that is a full-time staffer in the White House!

Rant over.


One thought on “Does Twitter Kill the Moment?

  1. chrisjessen

    You need to live your life vicariously through mine. Everything I do, you can imagine yourself doing. That’s why I tweet. Because I’m amazing.

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