A while ago, I came across this list teen slang glossery in the Guardian. The inventive brilliance of language evolution makes me smile. Over the last week or so FOMO (fear of missing out) has made it into my own personal lexicon. It's just quite handy as my acute fomo is a powerful driver.
It's the potent combination of fomo and curiosity that has overcome my Twitter barriers (do I need the pressure of another self-imposed obligation? do I want to give away the details of my life? will this just expose how boring I am really?). So I went to sign up, but encountered an obstacle I couldn't overcome, left it for a while, then went back and forced myself to sort it out.
The issue I had was with choosing a picture. Pathetic, I know. I've agonised over it out of all proportion. Each image I've considered as my single visual representation feels riddled with potential hidden messages. Does it reveal how I see myself? And what if that's completely different to how people see me implying I'm self-deluded (shudder)? Does it look like I'm I trying to appear more cool, quirky, popular or attractive than I really am?
I've got a similar problem with PokerDIY, a friend's poker site. There are messages waiting for me, but I can't get to them because the new registration form insists I select a nickname. I'm squeamish about giving myself a nickname, but not sure if using your own name is the done thing when it comes to poker.
With Twitter, I considered conducting a poll. Offering a range of pictures and asking for help with the selection on here. This was the moment when I realised quite how ridiculous I was being, gave myself a good talking to and got on with it.
So I'm finally up and running. The next task is to find some friends. Watching the public timeline is fascinating and distracting - twitters are just so tantalizing in what they reveal because of what remains unsaid - but it's not an efficient way of finding the people you know. I'm sure there's an easier way of finding people, I'll make that this weekend's technological challenge. If you've already got it sussed and want to find me, I'm using my initials HLT.