Okay, I admit it. I established myself in Facebook and Twitter only on Monday. I’m not just a late adopter, I’m a laggard. I resisted for years, uninterested in putting myself out there. In fact, I was quite averse to Facebook’s online interface of social interaction. Online, one can create any identity by easy “sight bites” (like sound bites). Further, group interaction is different from the one-on-one dynamic. If we are friends, shouldn’t we communicate personally and confidentially? Twitter seemed to encourage even more trivial announcements to the world.
That said, people I know and like are Facebook and Twitter users. And these platforms now seem essential for bloggers, writers, teachers, anyone with a public presence. Finally, I’d hate to write off these phenomena without actually trying them. That would be like criticizing Bikram yoga without giving it a go.