I read an interesting editorial from Leonard Pitts Jr. at the Miami Herald about Twitter. It’s interesting because I thought I was the only one avoiding that service. I’m glad to see that someone else also finds it less than appealing.
Most of Mr. Pitts’ confusion at the popularity mirrors my own. Why anyone would want to stab at the air in that fashion, releasing esoteric one-sentence notes about where they’re sitting in a meeting … well, it escapes me.
But there is a lot of the Internet that escapes me. Blogging is a perfect example. Why anyone would care or want to sift through the dreck I post here is confusing too. It’s kind of you to visit, and kind of you to leave a note, but beyond that nothing is really gained. I have no insights or expertise to share, and no credentials to otherwise bolster my content.
I could make a list — a long list, really — of popular things on the Internet that I just don’t understand. MySpace would be on it. Facebook, the MySpace for over-18-year-olds, would be there too. And so forth.
I have no solution to all the aimless and pointless (in my opinion) blather that coats the Internet nowadays. I have my own ways of slicing through it. I think on the whole though, things like Twitter and Facebook and so forth will be filed away into my own junk drawer. Use it if you must, but don’t look for me there.