I do not know how to access or use Twitter of Facebook. I am listed by various people in Linkin, but I cannot get to the site. Every time I try they ask for information about me that I can’t or do not wish to provide. I know a student who is working on a thesis on the use by mining companies of Web2, which I am told includes blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to promote the image of mines and mining.
These admissions may seem strange coming from an inveterate blogger like myself, but then the IT people who support me are smart enough to have made it simple enough for me to manipulate without thought or effort. No similar help forthcoming re Twitter or Facebook.
These admissions of helplessness are prompted by an email telling me of a site Engineering a Better World. The first posting lists the Top 100 Engineers on Twitter. From what I can work out by examining one of the engineers who is listed as a civil engineer, his site can be accessed as any blog on the internet. The site consist of links to new articles he finds interesting.
Then there is Josh Nelson, also billed as a civil engineer. His site consists of single sentence entries of no particular relevance to anything I could discern.
Now if that is the essence of twittering, I can safely proceed to ignore twittering. I am far too arrogant or maybe self-reliant to need to depend on the opinion of others about what to read. You may argue that is is good to have others, whose judgement you trust, alert you to articles on topics they, and you be extension, may enjoy. But I prefer the old-fashioned way of doing Google searches on topics that, from time to time, perk my interest.
The other point is that I have not yet come across a person twittering on any aspects of mining whose judgement I trust. If you know of any, please let me know. Afterall, there are plenty of conventional sites that specialize in attacking or supporting mining, according to the order of their birth, upbringing, or financial interests.
Somebody please explain to me where I am going wrong in this logic and what advantages and benefits I may be missing by sticking to Google searches and my own instincts. Even InfoMine does not provide a twitter line as far as I know.
Still I recognize that I am in the distinct minority and that most folk are glued to those funny little slabs that I cannot read without a magnifying glass. They sit with a glazed look as they peer intently at a tiny screen and ignore the passing world with the detachment of a medieval monk in a lonely sand cave.
I wonder what they do with all that information other than seek to alleviate some pain in their inner souls?