Random Factoid #569

2 08 2014

It’s been about 5 years since Twitter became a huge part of modern communication, and I’ve resisted it ever since.  Though my philosophy on the social media site has become more complex over time, here’s an excerpt from Random Factoid #258 back in April 2010 that pretty thoroughly explains my opposition:

“I hate Twitter and I will NEVER get one.  Ever.

Anyone who knows me or reads me is surely aware that I am a massive Facebook-er.  So why am I so opposed to Twitter?  Here’s my reason.

My least favorite part of Facebook is the status update.  I’m sorry, but I don’t want to know what you are doing at all times of the day.  If I do, I will go look at your profile.  So why on earth would I want to commit to Twitter, which is basically ONLY status updates.  Unless you are Jason Reitman, who fascinates me, I don’t want to know every little thought that pops into your head.

So, I will never get a personal (or blogging) Twitter.  You will NEVER catch me Tweeting.”

I don’t maintain a Twitter profile for “Marshall and the Movies,” yet I notice a few hits from the site every once in a while.  So, out of pure curiosity, I decided to search for my name and website on Twitter to see what was redirecting traffic to my site.

Well, as it turns out, Drafthouse Films saw my glowing review of their new film, “Nothing Bad Can Happen,” and quoted me in a tweet to hype up its release!  To my knowledge, this is the first time I’ve been quoted by a studio in promotional material.

Drafthouse Films

And on top of that, the stars of “Gimme the Loot” found my review and tweeted about it!

Gimme the Loot

So on an entirely self-serving level, maybe Twitter isn’t so bad!  I’m glad my writing is making small waves over there even though I remain a conscientious objector.


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2 08 2014
ninvoid99

I don’t use Twitter either and probably never will. I don’t even use Facebook since deleting my account 4 years ago. I could never get into social media though I’m aware of how helpful it could be for blogs. I just don’t have the urge to be part of that world.

2 08 2014
Marshall

I’ve written an entire play on the subject of how corrosive social media is, and I’m developing another story around it now. The only thing I can bring myself to be a part of is Facebook, and that’s mainly because it’s a sort of yearbook where I can keep track of people’s progress. I just contribute very little to my own page anymore.

2 08 2014
Jeff

Use twitter for purpuse based comments. Get on board.

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