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Public Service Announcement: "Twittering" is NOT blogging. I don't care that this post could have fit into a Twitter, either. Darn you all.

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Is someone trying to get you to do something you don't want to - screw them!

Well, I twitter - but also, I agree with you that twitters are not blogging!

I thought you might find this image amusing -
it's their technical difficulties page!

Re: Is someone trying to get you to do something you don't want to - screw them!

What happened to the failwhale?

I tweet some, but I'm really starting to get into Tumblr. Things that aren't really worth being introspective over, yet things that are too big to just keep on finding people to share it with. It doesn't go. So yeah. LiveJournal exists for my more contemplative modes, or a rush of guilt and a bunch of meaningless content. I do like BrightKite / Whrrl and I'm looking forward to more of the whole, "Hey, our friends are about a half mile from where we are. We have an hour, want to text and see if they're up for anything?"

At any rate, regarding Twitter as a whole, I agree with Ross Wollinsky.

In their own words, Twitter is “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” Here’s the thing: Most of the time, my answer to that question is going to be “working,” “dropping a deuce,” or “getting loaded under a highway overpass.”

According to the “Why?” page on Twitter.com, “basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues—especially when they’re timely.” Let’s try to wrap our heads around this baffling statement one part at a time, shall we?

Let's take it step by step here. Family? I don’t know about you guys, but I spend a good chunk of my time hiding what I do from my family. Considering that, why would I want to give them a web-based tracking collar that will alert them to my every move? Do I really want them to know how drunk I am (very), what I’m drinking (Evan Williams), and where I’m drinking it (alone under a highway overpass) at any given moment?

Friends? If we’re friends, chances are you already have a pretty good idea of what I’m doing. My day-to-day life follows a pretty strict routine (go to work, eat dinner, go get drunk under a highway overpass). If you don’t know where to find me at any given point in the day, give me a call and maybe I’ll tell you. If you don’t know me well enough to call me, well, then you probably don’t need to know where I am.

And colleagues? If your colleagues don’t know where you are, why, in the name of God, would you want to make it easier for them to find you?

I tend to use Twitter for either texting with my friends in a conversation that others may be interested in. Except not really. The really interesting convos that I've had have involved at least 2 felonies and I sure as hell was not posting Requests for Comments from the Developer Community. But medium-interesting, as in, "I think I'd like to try a new sushi place* in Brookline tonight, ideas?" You get immediate responses because Twitter is really just a scroll-by sort of thing.

The best Tweets I've made have been spontaneous observations that would never have been recorded otherwise:

  • You remember the ice cream missions in Vice City? I similarly wonder exactly who is deceived by the lunch truck in Riverside at 11 p.m.
  • 6 well-behaved 6-year-olds are the social equivalent of 600 angry Bolsheviks. There is the equivalent of a October Revolution on stage.
  • Why are men so unafraid to fulfil Irish stereotypes in Boston?
  • Don't Houston's malls have any losers behind them selling black tar heroin? Christ, you *do* lack amenities.
  • Ignored Twitter x 3 wks, on the assumption that death, divorce, marriage or birth can't fit in 140 chars. Then I remembered my wedding day.

N.B.: Christopher recalls hearing four or five telephones ring with the text message he sent from the altar. (He'd typed it in what must have been sterling though insane confidence, and pressed a button in his pocket when he reached over to kiss me at the end of the service.)

* Itself a euphemism, and moreover, one where felonies could be committed. But I probably am just looking for a place that's above California roll and under お任せ. I understand that ordering the omakase would be good, but I've seen way too much Japanese pornography to ever, ever, ever feel safe saying "Sure, I'll have anything you can come up with."

I am glad you are having less computer trouble

I learned so much from your commment (one, I didn't know you knew jc!);
what great points like "I don't want my family knowing all I am doing!!" -
I like Tumblr a lot, too. I want to check out BrightKite / Whrrl - I don't think I been there. What did you think of Facebook?

Wow, I must be tired - it took me THIS long, like an hour with the browser open before I got to reply here and write these words to remember what a failwhale is. Thanks and Ciao!

Re: I am glad you are having less computer trouble

Facebook has long since jumped the shark.

It was really nice when it was a consolidated, centralised system centred around each school. You could look up the IM info of people in your history lecture to get the notes, photos of you doing body shots weren't handed over to corporate recruiters.

I understand why they brought in outside developers — because a million code monkeys with a million laptops are necessary to come up with the works of Shakespeare 2.0 (in alpha release). However, in so doing, they eliminated the cachet of being on Facebook.

By the time your mother can not only view your photos of doing body shots presented to her in horror by the dean of students by some snitch (please to be seeing Oz and The Wire), but display her own mini-spring break photos ... dead.

It's always good to have a central check-in point. A locus of where you are on the Internet. And someone's Facebook profile probably is the best way to check in on whether they're alive or dead or going through a divorce or oh-my-god-stab-the-Li'l-Green-Patch-request-die-die-die. I'm just not sure where that is for me now.

Let me know if any of the services are still in beta and you need an invite.

It's a bit different for me than most.

For one thing, my daughter has a Twitter account.

Thankfully, she "missed" my rather drunken tweet about spending a night having sex instead of watching a political debate. But damn. You always had to be a good example for your children, but the window of where you get to let your wings spread and do a full plumage display is getting weirder.

Sure, twitter isn't blogging, but LJ isn't generally either. (Incidentally, I dislike "blog". Also, "tweet".)

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