I got a Twitter account when it first started but have never sent a tweet. It is like Facebook and LinkedIn. I was one of the early people to get accounts on both but don’t use either anymore. With Twitter my reason for not using it is that I do not see what I could possibly say in less than 140 characters that would be worth saying.
It is not like I’m another Henny Youngman, a comedian famous for cranking out funny one-liners, such as, “I was so ugly when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother.” And when it comes to following others, it seems like you would have to read a lot of uninteresting tweets before you one that was worth the effort.
But the big danger of Twitter, as I see it, is that it allows one to blurt out things to the whole world that one might regret later. I suspect all of us have been exasperated by the petty annoyances of life to think or even say under our breath things that we subsequently feel embarrassed or even ashamed about. The problem with Twitter is that people with little self-control send those thoughts out.
Rebecca Schoenkopf highlights an aide to the attorney general of the state of Washington who was the latest to fall victim to the trap of thinking that random transient thoughts that float though your mind are worth sharing with the world.