23 Jan

So, I joined Twitter. No, don’t check the date of this post. It’s not 2008. I’m what people call a “late adopter.” The old woman in me has been looking at the feed, very confused over the re-tweets and hashtags and 140 character language. I tweeted for the first time yesterday and wasn’t sure if I should be capitalizing and using punctuation. It reminded me of when my dad first started texting and he would begin his texts with “Katie,” and end them with “Love Dad,” but I mean, I can’t really blame him. That’s how you begin and end written or typed communication, right?

I am still a little out of my element on Twitter. I don’t understand why I’m being followed by certain people and businesses, although I’m sure it’s not because they are interested in my intellectually stimulating tweets. I’ve only tweeted once and it was to tell an author that while reading his book I hadn’t cried so much since I watched Marley and Me. I meant this in a complimentary way, although he never responded, which either means he didn’t quite find it so complimentary or he has better things to do. Twitter is strange. It gives you this pseudo access to people you have no real connection with other than the fact that you find them funny or interesting. It connects you with famous people in a completely new way (well, new in 2006). I’ve never before read a book and then been able to tell the actual author my thoughts almost instantly. The only time I have ever reached out to a celebrity was some time in the late eighties when I wrote a letter to Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block telling him I was his biggest fan and that we would probably get married one day. He also did not respond. 0 for 2.

I’m a little late to the party and I kind of feel like the new mom telling all her friends with little kids about how exciting crawling is and they’re like, where were you four years ago? What can I say, I’m not only jumping on the band wagon, but I’m jumping on when it’s almost completely full. C’est la vie. But feel free to follow me on Twitter @katieannmeyer! #willtweeteventually



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