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Candy Chang at TED: “Before I die I want to…”

Inspiring and thought-provoking.

Twitter Lint

Sometimes, I annoy myself.

Maybe I shouldn’t be that hard on myself. It’s just that, when I stop and think about it, I feel many people, including myself, often use Twitter as a form of self-aggrandizement. (Very similar to the way I just used that multi-syllabic, super-hyphenated word.) Reading through some of my past Twitter updates, I’ve begun to get annoyed with some of what I’ve put out there.

For example, this recent “tweet”:

The time I spent composing that as I sat in my idling parked car probably could have been better spent actually making my way home from work after a what was a very long day. But instead, I chose to send a passive-aggressive tweet inspired by a guy wandering around aimlessly while talking on his cell phone.

Then there’s this one:

At the time I thought I was on to something clever. I can now admit I was not.

I am beginning to refer these kinds of updates as Twitter Lint. Just like the lint that collects in your dryer, on your clothes, and in your belly button. Admit it – you sometimes find lint in your belly button. It doesn’t serve any purpose I can think of, but it is annoying, and sometimes it is hard to ignore.

I’d like to think I’ve done a fairly good job of avoiding the “I’m holier than thou”, the “I’m more enlightened than you”, or the “I’ve experienced more and am more sophisticated than you!” tweets. Where I might occasionally edge down a slippery slope is with the “Look at me, I’m clever!” tweets.

What’s funny to me at this very moment, is I’m actually chuckling out loud at the thought of rogue belly button lint. For some reason silly things like that always seem to make me laugh. So as I’m working this out in my own head and putting it to words, maybe Twitter Lint does have an occasional purpose. Maybe the act of creating Twitter Lint and getting a good chuckle out of it is reason enough to continue producing it – in moderation.

I’m not the only one.

About a month ago, I posted this tweet:

Is my use of technology making me more or less human? » link to Renny Gleeson on antisocial phone tricks | Video on TED.com

The question is pretty broad but it made me consider how I am using technology to share my experiences and connect with others. More specifically, the positive and negative impacts that tools, like Twitter, can have on those interactions. I’m still searching for answers, but it’s comforting to know I am not the only one asking the question.