What the heck is twitter anyways? Or is it a twitter. I don't even know if it is a noun or a verb. Someone tried to explain it to me once, but I must admit that I am still completely lost. I've always considered myself "on top" of the latest technology, but suddenly, I feel like our grandmothers must have felt when computers emerged and then email and Facebook and blogs. Things just keep getting more complex. I have no idea what a twitter is. I have to admit that even Facebook is beyond me. I am lost half the time as to where things are or were or where they went. Why do people keep sending me flair? What is it and what am I supposed to do with it? And now, before I even feel comfortable with Facebook or know how to use my flair, I'm supposed to twitter? I think not.
I used to complain that older people should "embrace" the changes in our society. But I think I now know how they feel. I know my grandfather remembers when his family first got electricity! Can you imagine the changes their generation has seen in a lifetime? I am uncomfortable with the fact that I am becoming an "old fuddy duddy", but I just can't help it. How am I going to keep up with all this? It's not possible.
I imagine there will come a day when blogging is obsolete. And I'll stick to my guns and keep blogging even though there is a much more efficient way to communicate. And my grandchildren will sit down and try to show me how to use the "new way". But I'll tell them that my old way is working just fine. And they'll call me a fuddy duddy. And they'll be right.
I remember when I got our first microwave oven. I think it was a gift from my Oom Ed and Tante Jan. It was obviously a big deal if I can remember the gift and remember it arriving! I can remember when our VCR used to have the pop-up entrance for your VHS tapes. My Dad used to borrow a VCR on the weekends from his school so we could watch a movie. I remember when my computer typed in green letters. I remember when portable CD players emerged and you had to hold them incredibly steady or they would jump. I remember Jaime Walz teaching me how to use an archaic school email system in college and then months later asking me why I wasn't using Hotmail. I had no idea. What's a hotmail? And then I heard of blogs. And I embraced blogs. But then I got used to Myspace only to be told it wasn't the cool way to go and I needed to jump over to Facebook which I did but which now leaves me still unsure what a flair is and feeling totally uncool because I don't.
And you expect me to twitter. No way. I'm standing my ground. I've come so far but I have to draw the line somewhere. I'm going to stay a fuddy duddy on this one.