I have to confess, I like twitter. I never thought I would. I made an account a while back and well... I didn't get it. Never used it. Yeah, I was one of those. Those people with the handfull of tweets about not getting it. I followed some tech community people, but didn't tweet much. I got a smartphone a few months ago, and decided to give it another try. I made another account with my online moniker, so as to confuse the coworkers I would be making fun of. I learned it's much more enjoyable to be able to tweet during the day while not at a computer. Almost everyone in the tech community is active on twitter. This is great for a nerd like myself to build a twitter feed of geekery. But no sooner did I start using twitter again, when the mainstream came on full force.
Everyone is suddenly on it. That's fine I guess. I don't care what Brittney Spears' publicist has to say, I just don't follow her. I don't care that celebrities are given special treatment on the "suggested user list", allowing them to surpass my geek icons. What really bugs me, is how much the mainstream media talks about twitter. When something reaches a certain level of popularity, it runs a serious risk of being uncool in the eyes of the fickle internet generation. If tech people start leaving, I'll go too. Who wants to hang around a wasteland populated by the likes of Brittney Spears? Not me, man... not me.
I'm almost remiss to use the term "mainstream media". It sounds so cliché, but it's the best way to describe it. Every time there's a news story about it, it's just sort of introduced. Some stogery old guy that can't check his email starts spouting the terminology, trying to sound as cool as possible. And would you please excuse him so he can go smoke a blunt with his homies? Cool. We know what twitter is. Most of us have been aware of its existence for some time now. Those that don't, will probably not use it on the advice of the old media. I'm just getting sick of hearing about it.
It's all making me feel like the party's already over. Is twitter going to be the new Myspace? Seems like when the media latches on to something like that, it's as good as doomed. I mean, if you ask me, Facebook is already languishing in the seventh circle of super-poke hell. The golden age of p2p came to an end when the old media got around to sensationalizing piracy. Myspace stopped being acceptable long, long ago (right around the time my mother opened an account... sorry mom). And here's twitter... doing something interesting... maybe not long for this Earth.