I put up a good fight.
I tried hard not to join the masses and instead stay in my cozy Jurassic Period.
I tried really hard to convince myself I didn't need it.
I thought it was a tool for narcissists only.
I really did.
And now, well ...
I have succumbed.
I too have joined Twitterdom. (Four years late.)
And even more concerning, a week and 35 tweets in, I am addicted.
So, in honor of my foray into this brave new world that I pretend to know lots about, here are five reasons why I now like (though not love) Twitter.
1. I can ask a question and people actually respond. I can't even get my kids to do that.
2. It is immediate. (Anyone who has seen me eat dessert knows I am all about instant gratification.) Breaking news, sports scores, Lady Gaga ziplining in to "Good Morning America," how much Princess Beatrice's royal hat monstrosity sold for on eBay. If you wait to read about it in the newspaper the next day, that is sooo yesterday. BTW, someone actually paid $130K for that hat.
3. You don't have to respond to people if you don't feel like it, and they don't even care. Ahhh, paradise.
4. If you don't spell something correctly, you can blame it on the limit on characters.
5. I can throw fancy terms like "hash tag" and "handle" into conversations and people look at me like I know what I'm talking about. Bonus.
Now to my other list: The top five reasons you should never tweet and only follow Twitter, if you can get away with it (meaning there are no sponsors, bosses, cable networks you work for or soccer camps you own asking you to tweet).
1. Tweeting is dangerous. You don't have your mother over your shoulder or best friend by your side at the moment you're typing to tell you that tweet is a bad, bad idea.
2. Tweeting a message means it is public and forever -- there is no delete/ erase button. (I know, there technically is. But it's too late, the rest of world has already seen your tweet. That alone has me in a mild panic.)
3. Being a fly on the wall and listening to people talk nonsense is much more fun than joining the nonsense.
4. You reap all the rewards without the risk.
5. All the above. (Reread if you are wavering.)
My handle, by the way, is @juliefoudy (I'm getting really good at this narcissistic stuff). I may be a rookie, but I am great at talking absolute nonsense, so don't miss the latest unbreaking news about life, leadership, dirty diapers and lots of footie (the Women's World Cup is less than a month away!).