Monday, February 15, 2010

A necessary bit of narcissism?

It is with some misgivings and shame that your host confesses he is now tweeting (@iwrotesham). His plan is to use Twitter for his crazier/more random thoughts. Nothing he says there can be held against him.

9 comments:

Cosmic Connie said...

Welcome to the party! It's about time. I too turned my nose up at Twitter, once upon a time, but I kind of like it now.

Cosmic Connie said...

Actually, I'm having trouble getting on to Twitter at the moment. For the past half hour it's been 'Over capacity.' Wow, Steve, you shut down Twitter! :-)

RevRon's Rants said...

Even though I'm on Twitter, I rarely use it... just for the occasional wisecrack.

And keep in mind, Steve... anything you say on Twitter can and will be used against you in the court of public e-pinion. :-)

NormDPlume said...

OK - why? Why Twitter? What's the point? Your best work is not in the under-140-characters category. Why bother? How big do you think your audience will be?

I'm not against Twitter - I have a physician friend who uses it to inform patients when she has patient cancellations. Many places use it for advertising - including a high-end thrift shop that deals with slightly-used Christian Louboutin shoes. But why would a professional writer tweet out occasional missives ("have you seen the price of oranges?? What's a migrant farmworker making these days?")

Steve Salerno said...

Norm: It's much a defensive move as anything else--in a business sense. And a networking move (in an oddly literal sense, if you get my drift). And also, I won't deny, an outlet for some of my more bizarre thoughts, which (too) often have been expanded into 750-word SHAMblog posts that only succeeded at piquing the ire of all who visit here.

RevRon's Rants said...

But Steve... you mention ire piquing as if it were a *bad* thing!

From a business sense, I find LinkedIn much more effective. For friend-based networking, FaceBook allows much greater latitude, and you needn't wade through a page of Haiku to discover whether something is interesting or to learn the question which is being answered. I think Twitter might be the reincarnate spirit of the great Carnack.

Cosmic Connie said...

There are scads of SHAM-related conversations on Twitter all the time, not only amongst snarky bloggers but also network news media types. Steve's move makes perfect sense to me.

RevRon's Rants said...

Yeah, Connie... but you're already addicted. :-)

Yekaterina said...

Just as long as you don't jump ship and leave us high and dry. We look forward to your bizarre thoughts expanding into 750 word SHAMblog posts!