Are we the Twitter generation?

Things sure aren’t like the good old days.? By good old days, I mean before the internet.? Well, let me narrow it down a little more.? Before we began using the internet for so much social networking.? OK…OK…before twitter.com.? Let me explain:

I posted a couple of days ago that I had gotten stung by a scorpion.? Yes, it hurt.? Thanks for asking.? No, I am not dead.? Thanks for asking.? Of course I blogged on it and tried to put a comedic twist on it, as is typical, but I also remarked about it on twitter.com.? If you don’t know about twitter, let me explain.? In 140 characters or less, you answer the question “What are you doing right now?”? Sounds simple enough, and sounds ludicrious.? Just try it, that’s all I ever ask and you will quickly join one of two camps.? Either it’s the stupidest thing you have ever seen or you will be addicted.? I have never met anyone in between.

So back to the story.? I ‘twittered’ about what happened and it’s amazing the kind of little things you share:

Got stung by a scorpion. Those damn things feel like getting shot with a nail gun. Foot swelling.

My foot is starting to twitch. Better take some benedryl.

Foot still swollen, but not twitching any more.

That was it for the evening.? Now the interesting thing here is how much my twitter friends know about me.? They knew I got stung by the scorpion.? They knew I was having a mild reaction.? They knew that my wife is out of town and I was playing batchelor for a little while.? Then the following day they knew they hadn’t heard from me and they knew my posting habits.? Within about 12 hours, the questions were flying. ? “Has anybody heard from Lans?”? “I know he got stung by a scorpion last night.”? “His wife is out of town.”? “Does anyone know how to get in touch with him?”? “I called an left a message on his cell.? No response yet.”

Normally I peek in on twitter during the day at work, but this particular day, I didn’t have time.? Of course, when I got home and saw all the traffic, I jumped in and told them I was fine, but it was wonderful to see the concern.

What I find totally interesting is to see how fast things on twitter move.? Before most of my ‘brick and mortar’ friends were even aware of the scorpion, my online folks were already way ahead.? I would never call up all my friends each time I have a headache, but on twitter, absolutely.? People that I rarely see face to face, can probably tell you how many I had in the last week.? They can tell you what I watched on TV.? They can tell you when I went to bed and how I slept.? It makes me wonder if maybe our online contacts, sometimes people we have never actually met or who’s voice we’ve never heard who we have never touched are starting to know more about us than alot of our ‘regular’ friends.? Thoughts?

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