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I’m a Twitter Addict

My name is Robin, and I am a Twitter addict. Yes, I admit it. I am not ashamed of it. I love Twitter.

Why?

Because I get to talk to (or follow) people from all over the world. Over the years I have used such services as AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, PowWow, and probably some I’ve forgotten about. I’ve talked to people from at least twenty plus countries and every continent except Antarctica. I never started my conversations with A/S/L (age/sex/location) as some of you may remember from the chat rooms of yore. I started with how are you, or maybe where are you from, and I tried to find some common ground before asking someone’s A/S in order to relate to them better. This may not seem like a big thing, but I’ve never traveled out of the U.S.A. and I started using the “internet” back in 1991 when it was still the local BBS sites and there wasn’t the big world wide web that there is today.

Sometimes I think I should have been a sociology or psychology major as I also like to sit where I can see the room and observe everyone. I’m not a stalker, I just like to watch people interacting with one another and feel self-conscious with my back to a room wondering who is watching me. Or maybe that’s just me wondering what I am missing because I don’t hear that well? If a sound is not coming from in front of me I may miss it. I’ve walked in front of cars a few times because of this. Luckily, I’ve never been hit.

I also have borderline A.D.D (not ADHD, the hyperactive version of it) which means that on occasion my brain can bounce around from thing to thing and make random connections to thoughts like one of those bouncy balls from the 25 cent machines at the grocery store. Being borderline I am not necessarily always easily distracted. They said flip a coin, she either has it or doesn’t, but I can become hyperfocused on something at times then realized I haven’t blinked for a while because I was so into something.

That being said, Twitter is a great vault? of communication, with hashtags, lists, and people from every imaginable industry and corner of the globe providing new insights and information to information addicts like me. It allows your brain to focus on one thing, or in my case, many things all at once, and control that flow through following or unfollowing the people and streams of information you choose.

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