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      "… I hate Twitter. I don't read anything posted on LJ with it because it's all basically unreadable gibberish. …"

When I read the (public) LJ post from which the above quote was taken, I was prompted into a long and deep internal debate and mulling-over. My reply to that post is copied here for posterity and discussion:

      "I wasn't going to reply because it is, of course, your prerogative not to read Twitter/LoudTwitter posts. However this post has been weighing on my mind heavily since you wrote it.

      Personaly, I love to read anything and everything about other people's lives. I live somewhat vicariously through their Twitter/Livejournal/RSS/Atom/Blog posts and can read about how they are.

      In my case, however, I blog (longhand LiveJournal posts) much more rarely than I microblog due to energy/spoons constraints and the fact that my iPhone's Twitter client is always to hand for microblogging to Twitter and reading my friends' Twitter streams, as is the Twitter client on my mac.

      I use posts to Twitter to keep a record, minute by minute, of how I am feeling and what I am doing (as it is designed). This means that people who care how I am feeling (health and mood) and what I have managed to do that day can see this. As my preamble says, if you skip it you may miss chunks of my life.

      I guess you are not too interested in my life. That, also, is your prerogative. I do feel sad, however, that someone I respect could be so dismissive of someone else's writing, whatever medium they chose to do said writing."

Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) and these are MY opinion, MY feelings, MY thoughts and MY life (on MY blog/LiveJournal). They are not wrong and so please do not try to tell me that I my opinions/thoughts/feelings are wrong. Feel free, however, to tell me how you feel and what you think. Feelings and opinions, by definition, cannot be wrong. My feelings and opinions do not need to be fixed, changed or ridiculed.

This is a public post so that people in my RealLife™ can read it without needing to be logged in to LJ or OpenID - e.g. using GoogleReader. Comments are screened so that trolls and other potential drama instigators do not get a chance to cause drama at my expense.

I should have written here, "energy/spoons/health".


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well said.
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I guess I just don't understand the need, on LJ, to tell everyone what you object to. I object to memes! I object to Twitter! So scroll on by, you know? Or defriend. What's this person's point in telling everyone you're doing it wrong!?
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I am somewhat torn on the issue. I want to know what is going on with my friends, but I have had issues with Twitter posts. I finally figured out what it was - the thing I get most out of reading Livejournal entries is that I get to know people through what they FEEL and BELIEVE. I get their emotions. I learn more about their personalities.

Most of the twitter entries I have read gave me no clue about the person. It is more about where they are or what they are doing, rather than what they feel and what they think about where they are.
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Nov. 18th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
It is hard to read it's all basically unreadable gibberish in any way other than to say that everyone who writes everything on Twitter ("it's all") is writing gibberish and I am hurt when you tell me that I (as someone who writes on Twitter) am writing gibberish! Ah - I just read the words that you write. No doubt I did not understand some hidden meaning in them! ;-p

I am sorry that I take offense so easily but I do tend to read the written word as the words are defined rather than guess the hidden meanings between the lines and behind the words - my failing, I know.


Edited at 2008-11-18 11:29 pm (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
"Unreadable gibberish" is an observation. And it is exactly how my brain parses twitter posts, which is why I do not read them. No context, little form, and mostly one-sided conversations do not make a very compelling dialog.

You are welcome to make them, just as I am welcome to scroll past them.
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Twitter posts are certainly harder to read than thought-out LJ posts, because the concatenated posts aren't always connected - but I'd rather read Twitter posts from LJ friends than no posts at all.
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