Submitted by: Cathy
Do your tweets make joyful noise or just an annoying clatter? Do you long for a blog that doesn’t read like an obituary and still satisfies your communication pangs? How do you bulk up on tweets without gaining unnecessary and at times painful pounds of information?
Today my son pointed out a twitter account that featured some unpleasant tweets about me. Some I wish were true…like the tweeting going on about the amount of income I earn. Some I know to be false but help those who tweet such tripe feel good about themselves.
Do you know a tweet from a twerp?
This new information got me to thinking and it would seem everyone is doing it – tweeting and blogging. Even those I didn’t believe would know a tweet from a twerp.
The definition of a tweet is a thin chirping sound that a bird makes. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would want to sound like a chirping bird but I am now an official tweety bird. And blogging? Well, that word has not made it into the thesaurus yet but it hasn’t prevented one single blogger from blogging (It isn’t even on the thesaurus’ radar screen).
Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with the need to communicate and we hunger for more and more of it everyday. The Internet has opened wide the doors of the communication cafe that allow a person to remain anonymous and still openly enjoy the feast along with the entire human race in one sitting. The world is a much small place thanks to the tweets and blogs that nourish the hungry communication starved population.
If you doubt for one second the nourishment that the bloggers provide, consider this: The Blog Herald reported last year that there are currently over 100 million active blogs on the Internet. Can you imagine that? There are more blogs than there are news feeds. Twitter accounts? Hard to predict but estimates from the Daily Blog Tips website cite that there are close to five million Twitter accounts. People are blogging and tweeting about everything and anything. John Hopkins University issued the following statement on their website, “The Internet epitomizes the concept of Caveat lector: Let the reader beware.”
Where are we going with all of this? Will phone calls become a thing of the past? Will chance encounters end with “tweet me sometime” instead of “call me sometime”? If everyone is blogging and tweeting about their lives, their exes, politics, the financial markets and current events, will newspapers fade into the archives of history? I wonder.
A source of entertainment
I also wonder if the day will come when all of the tweeting and blogging will no longer whet our appetites. Will there come a day when we settle into the sofa and turn off the computers, reaching instead for the remote? It’s not likely in the near future, so in the interim, I offer a word to the wise: before you believe the blog or retweet the tweet, check your information with reliable sources first.