Sunday, April 19, 2009
TWITTER HAS LOST ITS COOL
TWITTER HAS LOST ITS COOL Once the “grown-ups” latch onto an activity, it is no longer a fad or fun. The BIG news that Oprah has started twittering probably produced the largest registered groan in the history of the world. Worse than a bad pun, her tweet heard round the world has produced more media ink than a leaking printer cartridge! How Ashton Kutcher must have cried when he realized his landmark record of being the first person to have one million Twitter followers was being overshadowed by a fat, 55 year old whose second tweet of her life was asking for a lackey to order her a Rueben sandwich. Pre-teens, tweeners and teens will not participate in an activity once the adults are participating also. What was so “cool” about tweeting was that Mom and Dad did not know what was going on. A child could surreptitiously find out what their friends where doing and where to meet them without the parents being in on the chatter. Snail mail is last century, e-mailing is last decade, texting is so last year-- so tweeting was the latest mode of communication. I say WAS because Oprah has ruined it for the younger generation by becoming a Twitter participant. Her star power might have helped elect our president, but the fire at the end of her comet has burned Generations Y and Z.