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Alas, I Follow the Mob

I've created a twitter account: monkeyking.

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scarlettina
Apr. 11th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
So, can I ask a question? What's the point of twitter? Seriously, I don't get it. It sort of leaves me baffled....
the_monkey_king
Apr. 11th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of with you, actually. It seems super-shallow and totally lightweight.

But a few people I care about are fans. So, to keep up with them.... I join yet another social network.

Can Facebook be far behind?
wrdnrd
Apr. 11th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
AhHA! So that *is* you that Twitter emailed me about. One presumes there can be only one Monkey King, but one wants to be sure.

I use Twitter as a sort of data collection device thru'out the day. Because i usually update via text message, it's a great way to simply remind myself of something i want to think about or re-consider later. Would i remember that yesterday i'd read about pepper plants and bird poop yesterday without Twitter? ... Well, bad exmaple: that's interesting enough that i probably would. But by having noted it / Twittered it, i'm far more likely to remember it. So i guess, for me, it's kind of like note-taking. And, yeah, i could dig in my bag and drag out my notebook & pencil, but my phone's always easier to reach and by putting it out there on Twitter where others can see, i'm forced to put my thought into some sort of coherent form.

I will admit that i find it entirely aggravating when a person's Tweets consist primarily of "1st coffee of the day," "filing is boring," and so forth. Why must the internet be so *dull*?
peartreealley
Apr. 12th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
It seems super-shallow and totally lightweight.

Well, yeah. :D

If it's any comfort, I haven't yet made a MySpace account, and I've still only heard of FaceBook and don't actually understand what it is ;)
mysticalforest
Apr. 12th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
A couple things...

The question that every update is supposed to answer is: "What are you doing right now?" That's can be interesting, especially if it's people you know.

It's excellent for thoughts and actions that you want to mention or that might be interesting, however slightly, with people who're following you but that don't quite rise to the importance of a full on blog post.

Also, a number of organizations use Twitter as a bulletin service. I kept up on the writers' strike through Twitter and learned things long before I read about them in blogs (and TV I assume but I don't watch me none of that no how).

Each update is restricted to 140 characters, so that forces concise entries and cuts down on copious amounts of linking and such.

So all 'n' all, it's short, easy to read, easy to post, concise, and current. :)

And, sure, some updates (or Tweets) are inane. Most, however, are not...
mysticalforest
Apr. 12th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
My Twitter = Moonlion, by the by.
peartreealley
Apr. 12th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I mostly use it for one liners that I don't want to junk up my f-list with (at Twitter, it's expected!). I also have a couple of non-local friends that seem to use it primarily rather than LJ, so it's another lazy way of keeping in contact.
oni_anne
Apr. 11th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
welcome to web 2.0. Enjoy!

twittter = annetrent

Edited at 2008-04-11 11:53 pm (UTC)
wrdnrd
Apr. 12th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Came back to add: Since Tweets are capped at 140 characters, a well-formed Twitter update is like the haiku of the internet.
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