So in the last month, I’ve had several people mention Twitter to me and suggest opening an account related to my beer writing. As I’ve written before, I don’t really get Twitter and think it’s a pretty self-indulgent, self-absorbed thing. Now I’ve determined what might be at the core of why I dislike Twitter: Enter TwitterTasteLive and here. If the solitary act of beerblogging wasn’t bad enough, you can add the anti-social element of drinking a beer with other people, while not actually with other people. That’s right. You buy the beers, drink them alone in your basement closet, and then post your experiences on Twitter. Mine would look like this: “Closet is cold and dark…Think I’m still drinking beer…I wonder if the pub is still open…Later nerds.” I’m all for people getting together to drink beer and even discuss it (although let’s try and keep the latter to a minimum). All told, for my money, Twittering beer seems a pretty ridiculous endeavor and kind of the polar opposite from what makes beer great, namely the whole conviviality and bringing people together thing. Who knows, maybe Twitter is the future of human communication and soon we will all correspond only with choppy sentences from our handhelds. That will hopefully leave me a little extra room at the bar. So at 8 p.m. on Saturday night I won’t be twittering, unless that’s what you now call drinking pints at McNeill’s with a bevy of new, non-virtual friends.
EDIT: I’ve already been informed by a slightly irate reader that the act of posting on Twitter is not called ‘twittering’ but instead ‘tweeting.’ I may never have been so happy not to know something in my life…I’ve also added the ‘self-absorbed’ line.