I mentioned the other day about Christmas movies that I liked to watch and what kinds of holiday rituals I have. That conversation inspired me to create a new ritual. I live tweeted the Christmas film, Die Hard. It is the first in a series of (from what I gather) could be six films. If you have never seen the film and don't mind the odd action flick, I would check it out.
What I found interesting about my tweeting a film (and something I did as a lark) was the response. I was sent e-mails that wanted to start "serious discussions" about the merits of business and Twitter. There were a couple of grumblings in the Twittersphere about unfollowing me (which is understandable and I do the same thing to people I follow who fail to amuse me) but it was the three raging e-mails that mentioned I was being "just weird" or I didn't "take Twitter seriously". I began to wonder if those people who took the time to e-mail me their thoughts had gone outside any time in recent years. I was understandably grumpy with them to tell me how "serious" Twitter is.
It struck me as bizarre that people couldn't take my posts with a grain of salt or, at the very least, understand that there is some fun to be had using social media tools. Where did the fun go, people? Did it die with Yahoo? (Oh, too soon?) It made me sad (and a little grumpy, to be honest) to think that there is some level of expectation that everyone on Twitter must be serious or "share serious links" at all times if they work in the "social media market". I also don't want to insult the people who did send me an e-mail about my Twittering habits but - dudes, come on - rejoin us individuals who live in reality.
If I were to take these rants at face value, the message I was sent boils down to Twitter having become the jurisdiction of "serious Twitter people". I dispute this claim 150%. If you do a survey of Twitter accounts and their related content, Twitter has some serious posters and some accounts that are made into television shows.
Anyway, I don't want to be overly gumpy about it (can't you tell?) but I was surprised and happy all at the same time. You like me! You really, really like me - and think I am smart! S-M-R-T! Perhaps I need to start a business and social media Twitter feed and reclaim my personal space.
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