So I made the plunge this weekend and joined the Twitterverse. I know, I know… where the hell have I been? (Somewhere in the back mountains of Patagonia, apparently.) Of course, of the first 8 people who followed me (actually, as I write this, 14 hours or so after writing, there are only 6) two were immediately recognizable as spam. I’m 90% sure that four of the remaining are, as well.
But that’s sort of the way of the world, isn’t it? Nearly everyone has something to sell, and there’s a large number of people who are trying desperately to force themselves upon you. It’s internet brain rape, isn’t it. I’ve been violated. I feel so dirty.
Fortunately, social media sites like Twitter and Facebook provide a way to be un-raped – if such a thing is even possible. I reported the first two as spam, and will be reporting the others as soon as I determine their true nature. Meanwhile, I’m locking down the privacy controls, and figuring out ways to connect all my social media together so I can update everything at once if I so desire.
I should ask a high-school kid. They’ve got the advantage of growing up in a world where this sort of thing is commonplace. I grew up with this ridiculously clumsy bit of technology called a rotary phone. (Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration – although we did have an old one when I was a kid.) Still, I’ve watched the age of computers blossom from virtually nonexistent to everyone carrying the equivalent of a 1985 Cray supercomputer in their pockets, ostensibly as a replacement for that old rotary phone. It’s amazing how far things have come just in the last 20 years or so, and I’m really looking forward to the next 20.
By the way, you can find me on Twitter @AnthonyCLanni, or just click the handy-dandy link on the right side of the page. See? Technology!