As a struggling artist, I’m always extremely busy. I rarely get a full-night’s sleep, and often go without. My art has been known to keep me up for days at a time. On top of that, I have to maintain a part time job at retail establishment because my art doesn’t yet pay my bills.
I told this to my agent when he demanded, in 2006, that I get a MySpace. He said you can’t be famous without MySpace. Now, who has MySpace? Nobody. Somehow, I survived the entire MySpace fad without getting one. I finally caved, back in May, when he made the same demand about Facebook. However, a week later, it frustrated me so much that I deleted it. I don’t need it anyway. I have a website. The problem is that people feel entitled to their own personal free webspace. You aren’t entitled to it. If you have something to offer, you’ll find a way to get your webspace. If you don’t, no one cares.
But, as annoying as those other social damaging sites were, they can’t hold a candle to the one my agent wants me to get now: Twitter. Why is this? Well, on top of everything those other two have: fake friends, no societal benefit, feelings of entitlement, buggy webpages, annoying people, systems so user-friendly that they’re geek-unfriendly, encouraging text messaging, corporate connections, etc., Twitter has one thing those other two don’t have: A character limit.
I have enough trouble expressing myself in 120 words, let alone 120 characters. I get frustrated at the PS3’s considerably longer message character limit but, unlike with Twitter, no one gets upset that you split your statement into multiple messages.
In fact, the only thing you can possibly say in 120 characters or fewer that is worth listening to is, “Twitter sucks.”
I don’t care about your MySpace, your Facebook, or your Twitter. Nor does anyone else. If you don’t have a website with your own domain, you don’t even need webspace. And, if you do, I can get all the information I need from you from there. I don’t need to click on your Twitter feed to find out more. Say it on your website.
There may be an exception if you need extra space to host your videos, but most of those aren’t worth watching either.
And, don’t tell me you use it to keep in contact with your friends. An Email address is required to sign up for these services. If you have an Email address, use that to keep in contact with your friends. Unless you don’t want them to have your Email address, but then, they aren’t really your friends then, are they? If you don’t have an Email address, you’re over 60 years old anyway, and aren’t even on-line to read this, let alone get on Twitter.
In conclusion, Twitter sucks.