Friday, June 3, 2011

THE Health Unit, Facebook and Twitter

You know, say what you want about London Ontario. The London-Middlesex Health Unit, a common naming convention for Health Units all over the province, owns the URL Wow, man. Somebody was on the ball on that one.

This post was originally intended to simply state the paragraph above. I looked a it and thought "that is really only a tweet". At over 200 characters, it isn't, but nonetheless it got me thinking about Twitter and Facebook and all that and I started percolating. Percolating is bad news. Funny word choice, too, indicative of somebody who is getting oldish, I think.

You know what's wrong with Facebook and Twitter? They are aimed at people who like other people and want to know even more people. People suck. This blog is about me and the people who care to comment on me and that's how I like it. It would seem that I need to be the Centre of the Universe, at least as an online persona. This is the Internet, and I think that is my prerogative. Do I suck for being so self-centred? Well yeah, kind of. But those who engage in meaningful comment here always get my attention and respect, unless they prove to be complete a-holes.

I hate Facebook and Twitter. Rather than being online tools that enable me to connect with others, they generally just annoy me. I know that's not fair... hey, pay attention to me, while I ignore you! In an effort to be true to myself and how I operate for good or ill, I am leaving those Internet spaces. They just bug me.

I registered for both because 1) I thought I could use them to promote this blog and 2) I didn't want somebody to steal my name on them. You know what? I no longer care. They're both confusing and annoying to me. If somebody steals my identity I will see it as a sign of this blog's success.

Please don't misunderstand. I have many people I count as friends online, people I have never met in person that I value highly. I didn't meet any of them on Facebook or Twitter. They comment here, or I comment on their sites and we email and stuff. You know who you are. I have been a crusty old man as long as I can remember, from the age of 3 or so. I'm crustin' it up, baby! No more Facebook or Twitter for me! WooHoo!

Yer Newly Liberated Pal, R A N T W I C K


recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

I hang out in the blogospere to be with the smart people. FB just seems juvenile and nothing is really interesting unlike the many great blogs I regularly read. Yours included Rantwick!

Cool helmet cam vids too.

TrevorW�� said...

I agree...glad you have voiced this opinion..!!
I thinks the same as RCT..Facebook is juvenile- its for kids who want to be liked..and Twitter is just plain stupid.


Rat Trap Press said...

Like you, I hate Facebook and may delete my account. I've never understood people's attraction to Twitter either. It just looks annoying.

Anonymous said...

In Total Agreement!!!

Oldfool said...

Waste of time. I never had much of a presence on either now I have even less. Comes from realizing that no one gives a damn what I have to say.

GreenComotion said...

I hear you Patrick!
I use FB minimally. I don't hate it, but I do not like the commercials on FB. I have closed my FB account twice so far, but now I am back on it. Let's see how long I last this time!
Peace :)

RANTWICK said...

It would seem I have struck a chord with some... excellent!

Steve A said...

It's like "dog" people and "cat" people. "Blog" people tend to not be "Facebook" people. YOU are obviously a "blog" person!

Apertome said...

I like blogs, I like facebook, I'm sort of ambivalent to twitter. The only real reason that I like Facebook though isn't its interface or anything like that. It's that so many people I know are on it, and it is a good way to keep in touch with them to at least some minimal extent.

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