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Recent Tweets:

The latest on Miss Puss, via Twitter...

  • 07:48 I think my fever broke last night, but my throat is so sore my *ears* hurt. Want more sleep but the boys want breakfast. Off we go... #
  • 12:00 Why did the stick bitch with a single non-allergic bee sting go in before the woman with the raging flu WHO WAS HERE FIRST!? #
  • 12:19 My father did his PhD on patient satisfaction, effects of bedside manner. Every person here should read it. These nurses are mean as nuns. #
(Yes, this is totally automated. Bow to our online overlords.)


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Jun. 6th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Twitter belongs in the shitter. If that doesn't solve it, kill Facebook next. I've been debating killing my own Facebook for a while now.
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
You forget, poppet...for those of us who have neither a reason to leave the house nor the funds to buy gas in order to get there, these silly social networks are our connection to the outside world. I go days, often weeks without seeing another human being. Some days the tweets are the only things that make me smile. Often they're banal and sometimes they're irritating, but its better than not interacting with the human race at all.
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
My irritation with Facebook, Twitter and other invasive forms of social networking originates perhaps more from the technical problems they create than any sort of brow-lowering effect they have on how people interact with each other.

For example, after making a point of not "liking" or "becoming a fan of" things on Facebook, they take all my music, movie and book interests and turn them into generic "likes," so now I have all these "friends" "suggesting" that I "like" this or that thing they happen to be involved in. If I don't, they ask me why not. I am then faced with these new manufactured tensions.

On a related note, Apple has unveiled an "iAd" framework that turns your iPhone or iPad into a device for ad delivery. You're sitting there living your life, doing your work or what have you, and this device starts quacking at you about how Crocs are now half off at the dollar store next door.

Such are the sources of my twitterangst—the unstoppable invasion of our lives by the purely trivial, until we get so used to it that we ourselves become sources of it. It is not a reflection on you personally.
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hold on... this is strange. I thought I had responded to a different thread (the one where you were talking about the infinite LJ-twitter-facebook reposting loop.) Outside the context of that, I can understand how my original comment would seem inappropriate.
Jun. 9th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
No worries, I knew which one you meant. :-)

I think I'm a little more forgiving of the technology because I supported it for so long. Coming from a world of adwords and social engineering I can see, and use, some of the techniques in other applications. As to the rest, I ignore a lot. I don't care how FB classifies me, my interests, of anything else for that matter. It's not the first time my idiosyncrasies have put me in a box with a label, it won't be the last. I block the popups, ignore the ads and suggestions, and only focus on the things that interest me. I have a lot of filters, same as email. Its not trivial to everyone, tho. Some people really like getting ads tailored to their likes. Most of my ads are about shoes, motorcycles, Japanese fashion, and writing. True, most of them are bunk but I have actually found value in some of the drivel that passes through on the sidebars.

Personally, I blame Dr. Laura. She's not a doctor, but at some point decided, "I'm so damn right about everything I'm going to start taking calls". I swear its the genesis of the tweeting mentality. It all depends on if you want to use it for good or for evil. I've gotten a lot of professional pings from my Coaching FB which piggybacks off my LinkedIn nicely, and have considered a professional twitter stream. The challenge being the same as any educational outlet: it has to be relevant, can't be a series of links, has to have value to the reader. Really, I think that if used wisely with the end-user in mind, social networking has a lot of educational potential...but that's a lot different than me tweeting while I watch Colbert. Nobody wants to hear that. :-D
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