Do You Twitter? Do You Need to Twitter?

I forget when I first heard of Twitter, but I signed up and quickly lost interest.  With a 140 character limit, I could not IMAGINE why anyone would care about how I spent the mundane parts of my day.

Rewriting the htaccess file for yet another client as I trudge through the endless process of updating their WordPress installation to the most

Oops… no more room.  Maybe I’m just too chatty to use Twitter.

Most importantly, I couldn’t imagine getting anything of importance DONE if I tried to Twitter about it.

My closest Twitter moment was when the Space Shuttle had to be rerouted on it’s landing and passed over my house.  The sonic boom was incredible and once I’d met and talked with my neighbors about it, I went in and posted probably the only “relevant” Twitter post of my Twitter career.

Not only have I not been able to get “into” Twitter… I just haven’t been able to get inspired to “follow” anyone else’s Twitter.  I know that when I say, “I just don’t have time”… it usually means I can’t see any reason to do it.

There… I admitted it.  Twitter just doesn’t strike me as a productive use of my time.

I ignored Twitter and Twitter ignored me.  Then came the SXSW 2008 conference and top bloggers began Twittering about what was going on and suddenly, everyone wants to talk about Twitter.

I’m reminded of the scene from Zoolander:

Mugatu: SHUT UP! Enough already, Ballstein! Who cares about Derek Zoolander anyway? The man has only one look, for Christ’s sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They’re the same face! Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

My feelings exactly regarding Twitter.  Micro-blogging!  WTF?  Blogging restricted to 140 characters or less… WHY?  Please… someone… tell me… WHY?

When you promote your Twitter… Are you saying, “Hey, I’ve plenty of time to micro blog about nothing… follow me on Twitter.”

(HORROR!!! I just logged into my Twitter account and I have followers!!!  WTF?   I had to have my password emailed to me as a reminder because it’s been so long since I’ve used it!)

Thankfully, I’m not alone.  Mark posted “Twitter is Stupid” over at Courtney Tuttle’s Internet Marketing School.  Since he broke the ice, I don’t feel nearly so alone.  Mark writes:

A noteworthy blogger talks about how he loves twitter, but then he disclosed his traffic sources: Google – 42%. Twitter – 1.87%. I think that pretty much tells the story.

Go build some links.

Thank you Mark!!!

I truly thought I was the only one…. I truly thought maybe someone had been slipping crazy pills into my morning coffee.

As for the limited number of Twitter followers… sorry to disappoint you with the lack of updates in my life.  Rewriting htaccess files just isn’t that glamorous.

PR drop from “3” to “0” thanks to a spammy widget!

I recently posted about how I thought I had a “near miss” with the Blog Skinny widget.

Well, it turns out it was a direct hit on many fronts.
I thought I had removed the widget from my test site.  As a matter of fact, I would SWEAR that I did so.

Yet this morning, I went to the site looking for an article I had posted there… and I noticed that the site’s PR had dropped from a 3 to a zero.

OUCH!!!  Why did this site get slapped?  However, I was on a mission, so I searched for the term and began scrolling through the posts… and that’s when I saw it.


Well… mystery solved.  (Well, not the total mystery.  HOW IN THE HECK DID IT GET BACK UP THERE?  I checked to make sure it wasn’t there anymore the last time I was there!)

That’s the reason for my precipitous PR drop.  I also suspect it’s the reason I’m getting spam now in the email address I used for the site.

Andy Beard offers a great post on Google Reconsideration or Reinclusion Request  however, I’m going to have to decide if I want to keep the blog there or not.

However, in the mean time, I’d like to ask for other people’s experiences with other spammy widgets.  Is Blog Skinny the only one?  What ones have “burned” your blog.