Giving up on Twitter

Prueba que eres humano: prove that you're human… I just did!

I've decided to give up on Twitter. I never used it a lot and found that the really good things (, for example), the stuff that was actually useful to me in class, in some cases I was already following by mail or RSS or Tumblr.

What pushed me over the age was needing to re-enter my logín details and being unable to remember my password. "Prove that you're human," Twitter told me when I clicked the "remind me of my password" link (screenshot, above).

You get two choices: either the two CAPTCHA words you have to type out, at least one of which (no matter how many times you refresh it) is always totally incomprehensible; or the audio version, which is so utterly incomprehensible that failure to comprend it proves irrefutably that you are indeed human… but won't get you back into Twitter.

Hm. Let me try the "Contact details", see if I can actually talk to, or email, another human being at Twitter.

Actually, not.

Ah, forget it. My life could do with a bit less information anyway.

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  1. Totally with you. Utter waste of time.

  2. Twitter, Don? I know lots of people that swear by it and get lots of useful stuff from it. (I think, for example, that there are lots of people who were blogging but now seem to spend half their lives on Twitter).

    But I can't say that I'm going to miss it that much and one FEWER sources of information is possibly a GOOD thing.

    I was in two minds, but this settled it :-)!

  3. Liked this idea, of using Twitter for "summer homework" (do people still give that?!). Un beso, K.

  4. Like that idea, too, Kate. Thanks!

    A project using Edmodo as a reading group worked great for summer homework with some kids I worked with last summer, basically reading the book, commenting it via the group.

    Would they have read the book if they hadn't got to use technology with it, I wondered?

  5. I've never understood this Twitter thing. I never joined and I suppose I never will, I can't find it's utility ( at least for me ). I can reach to understand why " famous" people have a Twitter account, so their fans can follow their everyday life, and sometimes more private or intimate information. I suppose I've got nothing important to say to the world, at the moment.
    Someone told me to join facebook a couple of years ago and I refused, for the same reason I refuse, or i'm not into this social stuff. However I finally joined facebook just to keep in touch with some " lost friends " and I tell it could be life consuming at times. Lots of interesting stuff in there, but also lots of rubbish. But twitter ? Does anyone really one to know what I do when I finish my lunch?
    Maybe I'll consider joining when I become famous or something like that, but right now, my life is quite private and shared with the people I really know, with the good 'ol one on one conversation.

  6. Thanks for joining in the conversation, Alex.

    I'm pretty much with you. I'd impose a life-time Twitter ban on anyone who tweeted about their lunch 🙂 !

    But in fact some of what gets tweeted (often re-tweeted) is interesting. It's perhaps a question of giving it a try, following 10-12 people and then dropping those that don't bring you anything of interest.

    I mentioned following on Twitter. Now I definitely did get useful things for class from that (which now I'm relying on my Tumblr and Google Reader feeds for).

    Google Reader is so much more organised than Twitter, that's why I prefer it.

    And Facebook, I'm not at all a big user, though I do use it to communicate with my own children… Like all technology, it's a question of seeing that you do actually get something useful out of it.

  7. You're so right Tom.

    I started using computers at age 11, ( now I'm 31, go figure ) and I think I was the first person in my neighbourhood to have an internet connection. Oh, those 56 k modems…
    At that time, we were all impressed about talking with people for Australia using Mirc, but then , all that "buying stuff online" came out.
    As a computer "handyman" myself, I've heard lots of complaints about people getting screwed by fraudulent websites, and they even complain about getting viruses from "unknown sources" .

    Bottom líne is, internet is a complex world, that noone can really understand as a whole, but if you have a basic knowledge, you might know where you are going and wich pages are rubbish and could harm your computer ( and even your bank account )

    It is important to use the internet as a tool, but most importantly, to know it's use, the pros and contras.
    The same goes with mobile phones ( this tool that everybody has attached to their pocket ). If you know how to use them in a reasonable way ( e.g dáta downloading, roaming, etc.. ) , you'll have no problems, but problems appear, unfortunately, when there are technical points that are not understood.
    My parents are a clear example, and I know it's difficult for them to get adapted to this new hi-tech gadget thing, specially if they come from a background of Olivettis and morse codes 😉

  8. Thanks, Alex, and welcome.

    I certainly agree (though often the troubles people get into were first and foremost a failure of common sense, rather than anything technological :-)!

    From the language teacher's point of view, however, I'd argue that the most important thing is never merely how to use technology, but how to use it in such a way that it leads to language learning.

    That's the key…

    That and not being like my parents (over 80): frightened of technology…

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