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Deep Twitter Thoughts while Twitter is Down

Well, Twitter is down for the day was scheduled to go down today, but hasn’t yet, so I’m left with no outlet but this I still have Twitter as of right now to record all my deep thoughts.  I (anticipated that I would) feel a little alone without the constant background chatter.  I don’t know how Teri’s trivia turned out, if Steve’s got spa plans, or exactly how cold it is in St. Paul.  I’m fairly sure the Jeff/Zebra seesmic barrage will continue, they’ll just have to let each other know of updates somewhere else.  I hear that T-mobile has blocked tweets, so Jay is out of luck.  Next time I back over a light fixture, he won’t learn about that until hours later, instead of instantly on his phone.  The Dalton appears to be AWOL anyway, after a trip to San Diego.

What I find ironic is that I have a small processing problem in my head where – in real life – I have trouble focusing in on a single voice when there is background noise, due to a bout of meningitis when I was a kid.  And yet I love Twitter.  I can handle digital background noise, but not actual background noise.

I feel like I finally understand what happens at a large party – those places where I tend to find a seat on the side and happily observe from a distance by myself.  In real life, I’m not much for crowds as it takes enormous effort to concentrate on one person’s voice – it’s too frustrating, and often an effort in futility if the room is loud enough.  In Twitterworld, I can flit from one group chat to another, hear that digital conversation going on just behind my left shoulder, see two folks talking in the distance and not really follow along but enjoy watching their virtual hand gestures in the course of an animated discussion.

And I can turn it on and off at will.  Well, except for 10am to 10pm PST today.

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Maybe it’s finding a home in blog-o-topia, or Twitter (certainly not Facebook), but I’m finding myself more social in real life as well.  There’s a whole portion of social interaction in groups that I kinda missed out on that I’m starting to learn and – horror of horrors – enjoy.  People think I’m kidding when I say my last job had me sitting in a lab, alone,  where I could go for weeks at work without needing to speak, except at group lunch.  (Consequently, I am the Minesweeper Champion, but that’s another story.)

So – in a way, Twitter is good for me.  I actually invited people over to my house tonight, and loud people at that.  It’ll be fun.  We’ll throw some ribeyes on the BBQ and… well, we’ll do some real-life twittering.

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Kelley Koehler, aka the Housechick, is usually found focused on her Tucson, Arizona, real estate business. You may also find her on Twitter, where she doubles as a super hero, at Social Media Training Camp, where she trains and coaches people on how to integrate social media into successful business practices, or at KelleyKoehler.com, a collection of all things housechick-ish. Despite her engineering background, Kelley enjoys translating complex technical concepts into understandable and clear ideas that are practical and useful to the striving real estate agent.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Steve Dalton

    December 15, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Lol! that was perfect. I was just wondering as I watched the snow fly today, what I’d do without twittering.

  2. Andy Kaufman

    December 15, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Funny. While commuting to the office, I kept thinking of things that I would have been twittering. It’s amazing that we’ve all gotten so used to sharing our stream of conscious. I actually brainstormed a list of possible seesmic topics to talk about when I get back later tonight.

    Maybe we should just move the party over to Pownce? I’ve got 27 more invites, get em while Twitter is supposed to be down. If you need one, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to send yo one . andy at myeastbayagent dot com

    –Andy
    https://twitter.com/andykaufman

  3. Maureen M.

    December 15, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I went looking for you and Teri… on Twittier…

    Twitter took some getting used to for me but I like it now.

  4. Teresa Boardman

    December 15, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    They do have part of it down. You can’t send text messages by phone.

  5. Jonathan Dalton

    December 17, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Nice tag title …

    If I wasn’t laughing so damn hard I’d be mad.

  6. Andy Kaufman

    December 17, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Wow, that was sneaky 😉 The links are full of snark.

  7. Jay Valento

    May 12, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    What do I use Twitter for? Do I use it from my Treo?

  8. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    May 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Hey Jay, click here for a compilation of our who/what/when/where/why articles about Twitter and let us know if that clears it up- Twitter’s great for some people and if that’s you, let us know when you’ll be joining us!!! 🙂

  9. Rockville Real Estate

    February 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Twitter is the best.

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