Twitter makes me feel dumb
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I’ve been trying hard to use Twitter instead of just dismissing it, but I have to tell you, it makes me feel dumb. I don’t find it that intuitive, and no one wants to come out and say “I dunno know to do that”, because you feel dumb on a very public platform. Including me. For some reason, my blog feels a little different. On Twitter I feel like I’m standing in a coffee shop speed dating or something, while the blog feels more like inviting you to come have coffee at my house. Here are 5 things that have made me feel dumb about Twitter so far.
- How do you add your own commentary when retweeting? I’m not sure how to do that.
- Insert a widget to my blog to put the little “Tweet count and retweet button” – instead I’ve just copied the code I found into each new post. Is that what others do? Is there a better way?
- Tweeting my own blog posts. I just feel kind of smarmy doing that. Shameless self-promotion kind of thing, maybe I just need to get over it? But it does feel a bit catch-22ish. If others don’t see my smart writing, they won’t share it, and yet they won’t see it unless I show them. Maybe this one isn’t so much a dumb situation, but an uncomfortable one.
- Following the trail – when there are 3 @s and more than one #, I just don’t know what the hell it means, and it makes me feel dumb.
- When I look at people I’m following to try and figure out what is going on around a topic, I am obviously not getting the whole conversation. Am I supposed to? If there is an @, and it’s not me, should I just ignore? The fact that I have to ask makes me feel dumb.
I know there are lots of people who are really big proponents of it, and I am trying, but I just needed to write about feeling dumb, in the hopes that there are others like me who are in the same boat and maybe stumbling across this post will make you feel a little less dumb. I don’t know if there is a scientific principle behind it, but for me dumbness shared, means dumbness reduced.