Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Oh, my gosh, Oh, my gosh, Oh, my gosh!

Okay, here's what happened.

Okay, so for some stupid reason I decide that I should be on Twitter.
I know, I know, I've been stuck in this chair entirely too long.
So, I'm thinking, well, what can it hurt; it'll be good marketing.

So, I join and, of course, I have no one to follow so I follow twittercritter - through the pet adoption site that I belong to that adopts out homeless dogs and cats.

Not much marketing there. Dogs and cats don't read, but it's a start, I think.

THEN, today, oh my gosh, I get this notice that this someone is now following me on Twitter.

See, on Twitter, you post things you're doing. It can be a post a day, 20 posts a day if you have no life.....it can be about anything from "I just folded the Tank's wife beaters." to "You should go to my etsy store at http://www.jthom03.etsy.com/ and buy something. You might win a prize."

(Of course, there's no prize, but I would think that the purchased item would be considered a prize.)

Okay, so I get that notice today that someone is following me on Twitter.

Get this.

This is the kinda creepy thing.
Maybe I shouldn't say "creepy" since I don't know who I'm dealing with.
Let's say "odd".
Should I say "odd"? Maybe that will set them off.
Okay, we'll go with....."I get that notice today that someone is following me on Twitter.
Get this.
This is the kinda different, but not creepy or odd thing."

I notice it, because it shows you, that this person is also following almost SIXTEEN HUNDRED PEOPLE.


She takes her laptop into the head with her? (Sorry - three boys)


Go-o-o-o-od grief.

And that's when the doubt sets in about being a part of this group.
But, it gets even BETTER!
I click on her name to check her (in all fairness and to give this it's due privacy, let us use "her/him") out and this message comes up:

"Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity. Mosey along now, nothing to see here."

"A-A-A-A-A-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H" *running around the room with my toe up holding my head in my hands*

What do I do???
How do you get off Twitter once they have you in their grip?
Is there a Twitter police force?
Anyone got their number?
Why aren't background checks done on 'different' people?
Who all is following me and why do strangers care what I'm doing this afternoon???

"Oh, look, Harry, it says that Jan Thomason is putting new sheeting around the bottom of their trailer."

Who are these people?

Do you think they're reading my blog, too?

Ah, geez, and what about my FaceBook???
"Today I'm sitting with my toe in the air as per doctor's orders."

Why would strangers read that stuff about strangers?
Why would strangers want to be my friend?
Are they friendless?
Well, if they're friendless, I'm pretty sure I'm not the perfect pick for them.

And where does it all end?
If we think too deeply about our interactions with people through ANY medium, we can scare ourselves silly.

So, just so you know, we're moving.
Yes, we're moving to.....Scotland.
Yes, that's right.
And, we're moving tomorrow.




summersundays-jw said...

OK!!! So I ck. in to see what you're doing but I promise I'm not stalking -- you just make me laugh. You don't have to move to Scotland cause he/her can't possibly visit all those people they're stalking -- just pull your drapes at night. Have a good day! Jan

Anonymous said...

OK....this is why I don't Twitter or Tweet or whatever this crazy thing is. It IS CREEPY! Get outta there and do something FUN and SAFE like FB!

I'm worried about you...get outta that chair! You're getting sucked into some strange things!

You can always call your BFF and I'll talk you outta it!!!!!!!!!

common ground said...

Totally hilarious!! I'm sure glad we don't have any of those crazy (creepy,odd)people here in our safe little insulated blog world! Take care of your poor toe.

Little Pink Studio said...

LOL, you paint such a wonderful visual with your words.
Does really make me wonder what "strange activity" that person was up to. :0)
xo, Cerri

Debby said...

LOL...you go girl, Twitter is lots of fun when you have the time, and you have it at the moment.

Robin said...

oooooh girl, I twitter, yes I do. And I have had my share of those kinds of "people who want to follow me". But I have learned how to Block them and Remove them from my followers. Yes I have. Cause I take no crap from CREEPS!!
So follow me if you dare on twitter.
It's fun--I follow lance armstron and RevRun (from Run's House) plus a lot of other people I like... so, do it sista!! Live on the creepy edge!! It's fun, we have cookies!!

Sweetina said...

Ive twittered twice and have various "stranger" followers.
My question is what the heck are they following if I only wrote 2 sentences about a year ago ...or several months ago?
Most odd. I think it's all TMI~too much info. I mean when Demi Moore takes a pic of herself toothless between dental visits....it makes me wonder why everyone wants to let people know everything?
You're right...super creepy!

Sweetina said...

Hey are you still collecting Bobbsey Twin books? I have a vintage one~want a present?
Let me know,Sweets!

Rhondamum said...

You should write a book. Every time I come over here, I CRACK up! I love your stories. Sorry to hear you are still feeling poorly. Can't you feel all of those positive vibes I'm sending you?

I wouldn't get too freaked out. With the amount of friends they have, Twitter is just seeing it as odd behavior because they are trying to add so many people as friends. Don't worry. You're surrounded by big, huge, protective men that could destroy anyone that tried to mess with you. lol!

Check out my new blog header. Do your recognize the pic? xoxo R...

Karen Valentine said...

Okay I am rolling on the floor in a major fit of laughter!!! Not at you mind you... but because I can totally picture the freak out! I wish I knew what to tell you. I can totally relate though... Now for what I came for...
Hello my bloggy friend! WooHoo!!! Party day is just a week away! I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's creative spaces. I have a request... I thought it would be easier for everyone to leave comments if we all turned off comment moderation and word verification during the day (or maybe week) of the party. To do that, go to customize, settings, comments...then scroll down to turn off comment moderation and word verification.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous week. See you next Friday!!

My Desert Cottage

Pam Warden Art said...

Keep your toe up and stay with what ya know. Like your nine billion best friends on blogger and etsy. He He!
Hugs, Pam

Loudlife said...

Oh, my friend, you are cracking me up! I checked on my first person that I didn't know who began following me because they were following some 2300 people and - eeeeeeeeeeeewwww!!! Their profile said something along the lines of "I'll do whatever you want baby." Yuck, yuck, yuck! Blocked 'em so fast my fingers were smoking! I'm happy to know that twitter is kicking them off, I have to say.

Of course, creepy is in the eye of the beholder...I'm currently typing this wearing a purple with silver spider webs witch hat. (Rexy was making me be the witch today - is that a reflection on my mothering???)

debsea said...

okay so you made me wet my pants. (there's something to post on twitter) now i know i will never be a twitterer. i did facebook just to keep in quick touch with the college kid, but that was even too much info for me. you are a crack up, i just love reading your posts :). in a not creepy way.

Anita Van Hal said...

OMG, you're funny! I'm glad you didn't use the word "creepy" either...you just never know...now get this, my family never calls, as in calling to talk to me...they text...all the time...I DON'T text...now they're all on Facebook playing this (okay, I won't call it stupid...but still...) farm game called Farm Town...and I end up with hundreds of requests like...here's a cow...will you send me a pig? Seriously...I loved the pics of your studio! And if you ever want to get rid of that pink disco ball...I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing! I had a good time here! Hugs! (now THAT'S not creepy...getting a cyber hug from someone you don't know...LOL!)

Denise said...

Thank you so much, Jan, for making me giggle out loud this morning! I too have a twitter account but I don't want to update the status because - what does anyone care that I am going to (insert ANY place!) I have enough to do just thinking of a status message for Facebook - and that is a stretch most days!

Anonymous said...

*snort* That's why I stay away from Facebook and Twitter. At least on my blog I can be anonymous. (If I so choose.)



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