Last night a friend mocked me for not being “on” Facebook. (Old people like me prefer LinkedIn, apparently, which makes us sooo uncool.) Today I visited Mathew’s site again and wondered if there was something wrong with me coz I don’t Twitter. I’ve been blogging for 6 years or so, doing the social bookmarking thing, the feed thing, and even the whatever-you-call-MyBlogLog thing… and yet I find myself beset by angst over all the stuff I’m not doing. If I don’t do Twitter or Facebook or MySpace am I just hopelessly out of touch? Does anyone really care what I’m doing right this moment? Seriously, I’m not even sure I care!
This feeling of needing to keep up with every Web 2.0, social networking, widget-of-the-day trend is uncomfortable, but it points out a couple of important things: a) there’s a whackload of stuff out there to suit every taste and need, and b) people not only do, but must pick and choose the tools and toys that serve them best. No one will ever corner the market on these things—Facebook’s most recent (and quite interesting) play notwithstanding. It’s a big tent with plenty of room under it for (almost) everyone.
Now… what do you think? Should I Twitter, or not? 😉