I like Twitter
, I do. I might even be hooked on it a little bit. Something about the immediacy of it – how fast messages are sent and received, is thrilling in the same way that email used to be. I’ve ‘met’ people that I now call friends on Twitter (just like I’d done years ago on LJ). For an introvert
like me to actually make meaningful connections on a website is a big deal. But I can see how all the things that make Twitter addictive can easily burn you out on the site and other similar services. Like other forms of social media
, people kind of ruin it with their demands and expectations.
Twitter is a super-fast medium and it can tax those of us who like to think before tweeting. Depending on how many accounts you ‘follow’, there can be hundreds of links, photos, ideas that are all asking for your consideration.
Sometimes folks forget that every person uses the Internet in different ways. People use different applications to access social media on their computers, smart phones, and tablets. And they customize those apps in their own special, idiosyncratic ways. Sometimes messages get missed because of it. The way that folks react when their messages get no response can put an introvert off social media in a heartbeat.
That’s why it helps to set boundaries before plunging into social media. One person that I follow added a link to their Twitter profile that explains how they use the site. Going into detail in a blog post about who you will or won’t follow, and how you respond to messages goes a long way toward curbing any excesses from those less patient and more demanding social media members.