I don’t like Twitter. What is wrong with me?

I like watching TV. I read books. I buy the newspaper. I eat at home and I cook (AND I live in NYC). I’m on Facebook. I have a Linkedin page. However, sin of all sins, I  dislike twitter, I don’t tweet, and I don’t read any tweet by Demi, or Ashton, or Oprah, or Obama. I’m just not interested in spending hours of my day reading the 140-character babbling from celebrities and average people alike. As a matter of fact my aversion to it borders abhorrence. Is there something wrong with me?

I’m not what one would consider an old-fashioned person, quite the contrary. I’m definitely trying to keep up with the new media, the social graph and the evolution of digital space. I actually can embrace digital modernities quite fast. Life is so much easier now than it was 20 years ago. But this middle-class 30″ seconds of fame (fame?) tweet has not been appealing enough for me to jump on the bandwagon. Who should I blame this on? Nietzsche and the disdain for people?

Maybe it’s my rich imagination, or my snobbish avoidance to follow trends; but I still prefer to be the trend-setter and the most interesting person in the room. Now…really… should I tweet about this?

As I publicly say this, coincidently this woman, Virginia Hefferman, wrote in yesterday’s NYTimes Magazine that Twitter is a trap and “connectivity is poverty”. Ha. Twitter is already old and it really doesn’t matter in the big picture. If my generation wanted to change the world, this one has made it even smaller than what was already small, and instead of chasing utopias and following the dream, it merely narrates the events of the past 5 minutes contemplating its own navel. Hum….not for me.

social graph and cyber stress

The term social graph began to be introduced in 2008 by a blogger — Brad Fitzpatrick– in order to move beyond the limited definition of online social networks. He defined the social graph as “the global mapping of everybody and how they’re related.” This was 2008 and it was “the future”. So where do we stand now?

Online communities and relationships are much more complex than a single site, and to me we just seem to jump on a different bandwagon every day. Belonging to multiple online groups is turning into a burden. Just like when the internet started to become popular the cyberspace and new noosphere are bordering a passiveness, stress, “cyber stress”. As the closed systems become more open, i-phone apps are downloaded in the pace of billions, I wonder how will we integrate it all? How will we social aggregate? Commune? Relate in a way that doesn’t feel that we just can’t keep track? There are softwares that integrate one social network to the other; but that is not enough. With this burden comes the avalanche of passwords and the lost of trust: how will you be secure, how will you believe your communication is real, that you are talking to a real person? It will take just one company to do it right and put it all in one page. One access and you’re in the net that our lives have become.