Well I took the plunge into twitter last night because of my ECMP class. I can immediately see the appeal and how you can get a lot of information but I’m feeling almost overwhelmed with the in
formation. It’s like being at a party with 300 conversations going on around you. So far I feel like I’m only getting little snippets and not a whole conversation. I think this is why I resisted for so long because I like more depth to my conversation, perhaps fewer people but longer posts. I think that’s why blogging has always appealed more to me. I am glad to be pushed into trying something new. I do have a couple questions that I’m asking for help with
Help me Notes and Questions!!
I’m very confused by the chat thing on twitter. I just don’t get it so if anyone has some helpful info or tips about how chat works that would be really great. Tonight I’ll go digging for some information on chatting and try to figure that out.
Also if I’m at a restaurant would I write “@starbucks” or “at #starbucks”? Just curious how the grammar thing works.
It’s easy to become complacent and comfortable in a technology rut so I’m glad I’m trying something new. I have a lot of friends that barely email, technology is their enemy and they refuse to learn or join. I don’t understand this technophobia they have I mean I don’t jump on every new technology but if it’s worth exploring new technology.
For a course I took a long time ago I read a book called “Technopoly” by Neil Postman and it’s basic premise was that culture is no longer shaping technology but technology is shaping our culture. Although he offered a compromise he basically set out two extremes that you either submit to technology or resist technology. I think this argument is dated in some ways but that he had some excellent points. Technology is here to stay so you either learn to use it to your benefit or you ignore it to your detriment. I think by ignoring technology until you have to use it means that technology manages you. If you are exploring and open to new technologies you can look for the positives and negatives of the technology and adapt your world accordingly.
I love the way technology makes it easier to connect and share my ideas with more people than I could ever have imagined. Three years ago when my husband died I tried going to a grief support group for widows but I was the youngest there by a good 30 years. Online I found other young women who were going through the same thing, I also began blogging at that time as a way to share my thoughts and feelings that were too intense for face to face conversations for me. Technology literally was a lifeline for me. Now I live 8 hours away from my family but I get weekly photos and videos of my young nephew via text messages, these photos and videos seamlessly upload to my tv and now form my tv screensaver. This technology connects me to my nephew and brings my family right into my home and my daily life. By updating my blog and Facebook pages my parents know what’s going on in my life. They have more awareness now of my beliefs and activities than when I lived under the same roof with them. All these changes in technology that I have embraced were a little overwhelming at the start but now I couldn’t imagine my life without them. Maybe twitter will make the cut, maybe not but I’ll try it out explore it’s possibilities and then make a decision. At least I can say that I made a thoughtful decision about my participation or not in this technology.