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TSS: All the little birdies go…

November 28, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Mine was fantastic, tons of good food and family. I didn’t get a lot of reading done, though, since I had started watching Doctor Who a week or two ago, and then just found out that Netflix will no longer be offering it (and a bunch of other BBC shows) via streaming starting on 12/1. Boo! So I spent a lot of my time off watching as many episodes as I could, and knitting Christmas presents. I hope all of you had an equally nice Thanksgiving, or if you’re not in the U.S., a very lovely Thursday. :)

My question for this weekend: Do I want a twitter account?

Er, I have a twitter account that I opened roughly a million bazillion years ago, but have never used. My question is more: Do I want to become a twitterer? (Twit? Tweeter?)

My reticence comes from two main sources: 1) I already spend Too Much Damn Time on the internet as it is, and don’t really need another time-suck, as 2) I’m afraid that it will become another thing (like my Google Reader) that I will fall behind on and then feel bad about.

On the other hand, the reason that I’m debating firing up my account in the first place is that lately I’ve been coming across a bunch of bookish thoughts that I’d like to share (most recently: the inherent crushworthiness of literary Wills – Will Parry, Will Stanton, and now Will Herrondale), but that aren’t something that merit a full blog post, or even something that’s likely to get worked into a review. Twitter seemed like the most likely outlet for this sort of thing, but it’s entirely possible that I’m missing a third alternative… any ideas?

Since I know that everyone and their grandmother’s dog is on Twitter already, I’m not really asking for a vote, here. What I’d like is for y’all to convince me that if I do start getting sucked into Twitter, I’ll still have time to, y’know, *read* those books that I want to talk about.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2010 9:52 am

    The thing about Twitter is that you don’t have to ‘keep up’ like on blog reading, you just get on when you can and read the last few posts in your stream, and join in wherever looks interesting. You don’t need to go back and read everything that has been posted since you were last on. And really, you shouldn’t, people get confused when you start commenting on something they just sort of threw out there 2 days earlier unless they specifically addressed you.

    In other words, DO IT!

  2. November 28, 2010 9:59 am

    I just started tweeting this past week. (I’m ReadingThuNite, not clever at all…) and I don’t know if I can convince you that it doesn’t affect your reading time since I hardly have the 300+ people that I follow that I know others do. It does appear that you can create lists, so you only read specific tweets. I’ve been diggin’ the #thankfulreading time on there and also it’s cool to hear what some of the publishers are tweeting about.

  3. November 28, 2010 10:28 am

    Twitter is, for me, a lot like Facebook; I always find a clever or surprising or useful link when I go there. But I don’t go there very often. And I’ve never figured out a way to sift the good tweets from the tweets about what is being cooked for dinner. Again, a lot like Facebook.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon post: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/11/sunday-salon-thankfully-reading-weekend.html Hope you will stop in!

  4. November 28, 2010 11:05 am

    I am glad to see that I am not the only who didn’t get much reading done over the long weekend. As for Twitter, I have an account that I rarely use, so I am afraid I can’t be of much help! It seems like a great tool for a lot of bloggers, but I just haven’t gotten the hang of it.

  5. November 28, 2010 11:09 am

    Even if you do not want to jump in socially with Twitter, it is an excellent source of bookish info especially if you follow the publishers, magazines, journals, book stores, etc. You can tweet or not tweet. Just read and follow links if you want but I guarantee it will enrich your reading life on some level.

  6. November 28, 2010 11:14 am

    Twitter isn’t something you need to keep up on, as Jen said. It’s more just streamed thoughts and chats that you can ignore or follow. I use it to talk to bookish people about posts, or about things that wouldn’t make a full post. I also use it to keep up on what people are doing, kind of like Facebook. It’s great!

  7. November 28, 2010 11:29 am

    I’m on Twitter, and sometimes I spend a bunch of time on it, chatting to bloggers about various silly things, but overall I don’t feel like it takes up much of my time. So it’s up to you. I don’t think it takes away from my reading/blogging time hardly at all, and I never ever feel guilty about not being on it (the way I do when I fall behind on Google Reader).

    Watching Doctor Who is so fun and brilliant, isn’t it? I hope you are able to watch it all in a timely manner. When I was first watching it, it used up all my time. :D Where are you with it? Can you get the fifth season? It’s got weak moments but overall I think it’s really really good.

    • November 30, 2010 10:12 am

      Jenny – I just finished S2 last night; when I get up to S5 I’ll have to get the DVDs, but I will be able to catch up eventually.

  8. November 28, 2010 2:26 pm

    I keep Tweetdeck up and running most of the day, but only look at it and/or respond when I have the time. There’s no need to go back to read what I’ve missed.

  9. November 28, 2010 3:39 pm

    Do it–it’s great fun and it’s as much as a timesuck as you want it to be. I use TweetDeck, which will turn tweets into little pop-ups on your desktop, so you don’t have to be on the website and you only need to respond when you want. :)

  10. November 28, 2010 4:36 pm

    Netflix won’t be streaming BBC stuff anymore????

    Whot????? but, but. . .whot???

    on the twitter thing, I say go for it. twitter’s nice, it’s there when you want it, but you can ignore it the rest of the time. I wish facebook was more like that!

    • November 30, 2010 10:13 am

      Redhead – I don’t think it’s all BBC stuff – S4 of Doctor Who is still streaming, for instance – but a LOT of BBC stuff is disappearing off my queue. I can only think that they renegotiated their streaming contract.

  11. November 28, 2010 4:42 pm

    Eek! Those Doctor Who episodes are my lunchtime entertainment every day. I had no idea they were going to disappear off of the streaming. So sad! I just went and added them to my Amazon wish list because I don’t want to be without my Doctor Who fix.

    As for Twitter, I love having my account so that it automatically tweets when I post something on my blog. Otherwise I use it sporadically for random book topics like you mentioned. I haven’t found myself sucked into it like others though.

    • November 30, 2010 10:14 am

      Alyce – I looked at Amazon, but I’m having a hard time justifying $40 per 13-episode season.

      • November 30, 2010 10:16 am

        I know, my husband said the same thing. :) It reminds me of how I feel every time I look at prices for seasons of Star Trek. Maybe I can find them cheaper used somewhere.

  12. November 28, 2010 6:05 pm

    Horray for Doctor Who! Boo to Netflix for canning it!

    Like everyone else said, Twitter’s very much a come-and-go thing. You don’t have to keep up so much as join in. I usually have TweetDeck (my prefered Tweeting method) open whenever I’m online. If I come across something interesting, I comment on it. If someone else says something interesting, or asks a question, I reply to them. It’s a micro activity that doesn’t really suck any time away from my other online interests, since it fits nicely in and around them.

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