Twitter is stupid and we’re all narcissists

Okay, so I just signed up for a Twitter account. What that did was further my belief that we are now smack in the middle of the Me Age.

Two hundred years later, history students will read in their textbooks: “The year 2000 marked the start of the Me Age with the proliferation of Internet activity. The possibilities for self-publishing created a social phenomenon that took the world by storm as increasing individuals bought a piece of Internet real estate to advertise one predominant product — themselves.”

I mean, this is totally what is happening and I do not exempt myself from this mounting horror.

In 1996, I made my very first website for my IRC community. I had photos and funny blurbs of all my channel regulars. I wrote a witty article extolling the virtues of IRC. The website’s purpose was to show off my web designing skills (which was then a big deal), my writing skills and my sense of humour.

In 1997, I made my first personal website. Its purpose was to glorify myself and shout to the whole world that an individual such as I existed.

And, you know, that tradition of narcissism continues till today. But I think it’s all good because, really, it’s not only about me.

People who have their own websites and blogs aren’t only saying “look at ME”. They’re also expressing their individuality, creativity and talents through the design of their site, through their written words, through the photographs that they themselves have taken. Creativity must be shared with the world.

But twitter is another matter altogether.

What the hell is twitter?

When I first started seeing it on all my friends’ blogs, my reaction was something like, “Har? Can eat or not one?”

I didn’t get an account because it seemed stupid to me. Like, does anyone care what you were doing at exactly 4.26 pm last Friday? Honestly, no.

And if you must tell the whole world that you are, right this very moment, enjoying your char kuay teow, why must you put an extra box in your blog to say that? Why can’t you just post a one-line blog entry instead?

So, I finally signed up today to see for myself what all the fuss is.

I have posted my first update, clicked all over the site and read a few strangers’ rants.

And I still don’t really get it.

Twitter is totally the spokesperson for the “Me Culture”. In the little pink and blue boxes that are fast invading more and more corners of the Internet, we see nothing more than shouts for attention.

“Look at me! I just did my laundry and wiped the kitchen counter clean!! Can you beat that???”

What the hell? What the hell?

Where is the creativity? The entertainment value? The thing that will make people go, “Ahhh… that was worth my two seconds reading it.”?

And you thought the narcissism of personal web pages and cam whoring couldn’t get any worse.

To all my friends who have twitter, don’t fret. Even though I think twitter is stupid, I still love you and I will read your twitters because you’re my friend.

But allow me to ask you this:

Do you think I should just STFU and get with twitter already?

Thank you for reading.

60 thoughts on “Twitter is stupid and we’re all narcissists

  1. Just the latest of a long line of silly shiny objects on the internet. It will be eclipsed by some even more shiny object and the banal cycle will just keep repeating.

  2. yes twitter is soo stupid…its not even stupid…its stupid exponentiated—what kind of braindead nitwit created it– and how can the masses accept it or it appeal to them– are they inane?? posting updates—the name is the dumbest too—twitter?? u think a 5 year old came up with that….i laughed at it–like wtf…but everyone is ‘TWEETING”..this isnt even narcissism…its total inanity….its like narcissism to the negative nth degree….its a joke….its like everyone is 5 years old….and back in kindergarten…you think twitter is something for grade schoolers…but this is a social networking site…this society is nuts…

  3. I could see it if you have friends and want to amuse or enlighten one another. Otherwise you will just be a hanger on to celebs or journalists who never answer you back or do so to correct you. Who needs that? There are positives – news & arts shared : yet the negatives of being a reject amongst the “twitteriti” is one big downer for me.

  4. actually, to defend ‘look at your blog isn’t it narcissism too’ that people are saying. I beg to differ. Having a blog, or creating one, isn’t seeking attention. Facebook and twitter, where you ask people to follow that is narcissism. “Hey follow me and see what I have been up to” meanwhile in the blogging world, you may give out your website link to some people but it’s up to them if they would read what’s on it. and depends on a blogger if one actually writes something worthwhile because I’ve encountered bloggers where they turn flood their blogs with “outfit for the day” in every possible pose they could think of, pictures of the food they ate.

  5. “actually, to defend ‘look at your blog isn’t it narcissism too’ that people are saying. I beg to differ. Having a blog, or creating one, isn’t seeking attention.”

    Yes, but look at THIS blog. If we managed to prove that God existed and it was sheylara, this site would still seem like a bit TOO much of a tribute. And she made it for herself.

    Seek help.

  6. Twitter and Facebook is corny now. Unless you are business networking or you have distant family, these social media tools are dulling this and the next generation. Boring people who brag like they are Jesus Christ but don’t have a speck of taste or class. It’s sad to be honest. I’m 25 and I have never or will I ever have a FB or twitter page. My friends can meet me at the lounge when I call them on my phone.

  7. I agree with sheylara and “H”. I always hated twitter and am 25 in a few months. I still think it is very stupid and just started using it a month ago; just for business. People say it is useful for BUSINESS…yada yada…so I decided to try it solely for submitting business related tweets. I still don’t understand twitter and think it is ridiculous.

    I couldn’t follow most people anyways, because the idea of twitter is still stupid to me. They have stupid rules like don’t aggressively follow people but the whole point is to FOLLOW PEOPLE. Still stupid. Rules are a little ridiculous.

    I hope twitter will become like myspace and become an afterthought but then some a/hole will try to conceptualize another social media website which perpetuates this neverending cycle where hordes of people ramble on about nothing.

    You keep getting random sporadic tweets pop up that mean nothing to you…I find twitter to be dumb and boring and pointless. I don’t care about peoples stupid pointless, brainless, random, rants about nothing. Why would I want to follow people just for that?!

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