Reading through the article “Atwood in the Twittersphere” written by Margaret Atwood I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother. It brought back recent memories of my grandmother getting a brand new computer. She still clings onto AOL like a baby does a blanket or teddy bear. This is also the same women that cried tears of fear and dread when she received an AWESOME printer to print her photos for scrapbooking.
*Insert photo of my grandmother freaking out…. now.*
In her defense printers are one of the most annoying and unpredictable pieces of technology in the whole universe. She recently just got introduced to the magical world of Skype and video calling. Luckily I was there to coach her through the experience, and we were able to get through it meltdown free (she just freaked out a little when she didn’t know how to hang up. lol). One thing my grandmother taught herself to do was Facebook. Reading Atwood’s thoughts and experiences with twitter were exactly that of my grandmother, only with Facebook. My grandmother will most likely never get into the “Twittersphere” but I don’t blame her.
When Twitter first began to rise in the world of social media, was the first time I truly felt technologically challenged. I couldn’t agree more when Atwood quotes Wordsworth “What should I know of Twitter? I’d barely even heard of it. I thought it was for kiddies.” This is exactly how I felt and thought about Twitter. It seemed less personal than Facebook, where when I wrote something I actually felt like maybe someone would care to read it. Also with twitter I felt like my feed was constantly being spammed with updates. At that point I understood how my grandmother felt when she got her printer; overwhelmed and confused. For this reason alone I commend Atwood for the courage and drive she showed when taking on the “Twittersphere”. The fact that she was able to grasp the concept of networking to gain 33,500 followers amazes me. Being an author she more than likely had already mastered the skill of conversational (face-to-face) networking, and she simply applied that art to Twitter. This shows how technological advancements can evolve and adapt things that involved many different situations, mannerisms, and moments, and completely pushed them all together into this thing we call Twitter. Like Atwood mentions about her followers, some of them were genuine and some were trolls. Meaning there is never a “specific” way to act on twitter. You can act how you want. All of these amazing and different things were happening at once in the same area. I think this is what amazes older people who haven’t grown up with technology. The fact that before twitter and the internet in general there was always a certain time and place for things to be shared or said, but now with these social media sites it’s always the place and it’s always the time.
…. if its not the time you still say it and just add #toosoon? 🙂