jamie goode's wine blog: Do you tweet?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Do you tweet?

So, do you do twitter? After a few weeks of tweeting, I feel like an old timer, following many and being followed back. Is this form of microblogging a waste of time a gimmick or is there some substance to it?

As a professional writer with a number of different outlets, it's always important for me to be open-minded about new technologies and tools. When I hear people (remember back in the mid-1990s when having a web presence really set you apart?) dismiss twtter as frivolous nonsense, I can't help but worry that they are sounding dangerously like those of the the generation before who dismissed the internet, and then those who followed who dismissed blogs.

Blogs are now well established, and I'm glad that I jumped on the bandwagon back in 2001 by starting one of the first wine blogs. Will twitter prove to be as successful? It's hard to say, but I'm on board.

Social networking (including facebook and myspace along with twitter) offers people a chance to be generous and give to their network of friends, colleagues and associates. It's not necessarily about the quality or nature of the content: it's that you care enough to share with others, and in return they give back. It's communication. To dismiss these networking tools for the quality of the content on them is liike dismissing the importance of small talk in social gatherings. It matters a great deal, even if it is largely emphemeral, shallow and inconsequential. Its significance is that it shows you care enough about people to make an effort, make a connection and give them some of your attention.

If you don't twitter, give it a go I'll follow you! I'm on @jamiegoode

16 Comments:

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Lynfred Winery & Bed and Breakfast said...

When I first started at the winery almost 10 years ago I was the only employee with internet - what a difference the world is today! I tweet, I blog, I facebook - you name it! Great blog!

 
At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

you must be joking--get a life Jamie!! ha ha

 
At 2:30 AM, Blogger Greg said...

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At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's not necessarily about the quality or nature of the content: it's that you care enough to share with others, and in return they give back. "

(vomit noise)

 
At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Who's stolen Jamie's login details?!!

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon:

Spot on. Another dreary post filled with pseudo psycho-babble.

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anon,

Interesting that you say with such venon "another dreary post filled with psycho-babble"...but you bothered to read it and clearly read this blog regularly so there must be some value in it for you yet you have such a sad life that all you can do is post inane criticisms...how sad you are.

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you care?

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remind you that - of course - I don't care that you are a sad individual - but I do care that you post inane criticisms which are tantamount to pointless and valueless attacks on one of the very best Wine Writers in the UK. Perhaps you have a Wine Blog? No? I thought not.......

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One of our best wine writers in the UK?"

Are you on commission?

Perhaps you don't believe in free speech.

One thing is certain, your grasp of spelling and grammar leaves a lot to be desired:

- "venon" not "venom"
- "Wine Writers" inexplicably written with capital letters
- obsession with the term "value" in posts, viz "value-added" "valueless attacks" etc, thus indicating a poor vocabulary

 
At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pomposity clearly indicates "anonymous" that you are deeply insecure - presumably why you continue to attack someone who has achieved so much.

In short, you are a muppet.

 
At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done: with such a beautiful command of the English language, you've just won the argument.

Congratulations!

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good - as I thought - you clearly don't live in the REAL world.

Rather, in a world filled with a deeply ingrained rage against those in the Wine Writing World who have had infinitely more success than you.

Presumably you had a go but your ivory-towered pomposity didn't work.

What a surprise......

 
At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the real world, and am simply exercising my right to comment on the posts left here, courtesy of the facility kindly provided by Mr Goode.

Is that OK with you?

 
At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have made this claim to free speech in the past haven't you? In reality - all you do is fire-off sarcastic critical comments which just insult and pour scorn on the musings of someone who has acheived something which you have clearly be uanble to do yourself.

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Please let's have no more anonymous squabbling

Thanks to the many who have followed in response to this post - I'll follow back, as I promised.

Here's to more happy tweeting.

 

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