I’ve only been on Twitter for three weeks (follow me here), but I’ve quickly learned that if a topic is “trending”, it’s usually not for a good reason. Some of last week’s trending topics sent me on an emotional rollercoaster before I ever clicked on the hyperlink to find out WHY they were trending. They include:
- Will and Jada Pinkett Smith – They’re separated…NOT!
- Nancy Reagan – She fell. And, thankfully, #thatisall. I held my breath the entire time I was waiting for that page to load on my BlackBerry because I was anticipating worse news. (The page loaded about as slowly as she moved down this aisle…)
- Pat Summitt – She announced that, unfortunately, she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
- Steve Jobs – He announced his resignation from Apple.
I won’t even mention the earthquake and hurricane we had on the east coast (although I guess I just did) because I didn’t need Twitter to tell me those things were happening…I experienced them firsthand. And would LOVE to never experience them again, just in case you were wondering. But the use of technology and social media outlets were beneficial here, though, because sending mass texts and Twitter or Facebook updates helped free up phone lines for those with true emergencies who really needed them.
I wrote this post a few months ago about Facebook being a gift and a curse and, as I’m sure you’ve deduced, I feel the same way about Twitter. Actually, I feel that way about technology, in general. I’ve experienced a few things lately that have seriously made me SMH. For example…
My GPS and I have a hate-hate relationship. I’ll admit that our strained relationship is partially because I’ve had the GPS for three years and have never connected it to the internet to download any updates. But it’s mostly because she is just plain trifling. Yes, it is a she. Have you ever seen this episode of “The Office” where the GPS leads them into a lake? This is the kind of thing my GPS does to me ALL THE TIME. And if you try to override it to save your own life by choosing not to drive into a tree, house, or river, SHE YELLS AT YOU and then says, “Make a U-turn when possible!!”
My home bathroom (or its user?) is confused. Because I spend much more of my life at work and other public places than I do my home, I’ve become accustomed to automated bathrooms: automatic faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers. So there have been a couple of times when I’m at home trying to wash my hands, and I put them under the soap pump…and wait…and wait…and wait. And I move around a little bit thinking maybe it’s having difficulty sensing me. Then realize that I’m at home. So I’m gonna have to pump my own soap. And then, as if I didn’t just have a duh moment, I hold my hands under the faucet…and wait…and wait…and wait. I’d previously decided to keep these incidences to myself, but I know you’ve done this, too. I didn’t want you to feel alone.
My Bible wants me to “Like” it on Facebook and follow it on Twitter! I downloaded a Bible app to my BlackBerry last year and had been thoroughly pleased with its accuracy and convenience. I was sitting in church a few months back and my Bible started talking to me. Somehow the app got ‘upgraded’ without my knowledge and programmed to read the Bible verses to me in addition to providing the text. Imagine my surprise (and everyone else’s) when this happened! It took me a while to get it downgraded back to text only. And a few weeks ago, it asked that I “Like” it on Facebook and follow it on Twitter! I’m kinda scared to do it, because I don’t know what other unexpected upgrades they may decide to surprise me with!
Have you had similar experiences to these? Is technology your friend or enemy? I want to hear from you! Share your experiences with me in the comments.
Picture from The Untangled Web