Tuesday, June 26, 2007
7 secret powers of Twitter
Twitter has 7 secret powers.
Twitter provides to its users:
Fast electronic transfer of memes and emotions. Ideas and rebellion spread quickly from one impassioned mind to another via the simple functionality of Twitter.
Ability to make a long thought short. Many Twitter users come from shamefully prolix blogs, and it's a tragically painful (but auspicious) process to go from long-winded, tangential, scholarly posts to snappy, 140 character thought-bursts.
Ability to quickly form the entire support system of a user's life-frame, engulfing like breathed air or background music. One is either an abstainer or an addict, there is no casual user. Those who merely toy with Twitter will abandon their page after a few half-hearted tweets about lunch and boyfriends.
This is, for most user-addicts, a more private, less public avenue of communication, thus they're more prone to issue morbidly self-congratulatory statements ("I'm so hot and in-demand as a conference quack"), airport posts that are more appropriate for Plazes, predator-unsafe remarks like what gym the wife is at right now, and insufficiently suppressed office declarations ("I hate my boss and coworkers, damn them! I want to throw things at the idiots!").
Your list of Followers you Friended comprise a more or less tight-knit inner circle of astonished admirers, a growing online assembly of those who relish, are amused by, merely tolerate, or barely stomach your improvised ramblings and disgruntlings.
Using @ for "in reply to" and DM (direct messages), one may respond as soon as one sees a message to get excited about. Preferably tweets admiringly addressing oneself, or an issue they all know you are fanatic about.
You can pretend to be "communicating", but in actuality merely using Twitter as a repository or treasury of links and quotes you want to use someday in a book or white paper or blog post.
You, meaning your consciousness, can morph and barely be noticed.
Twitter users change mood and opinion in a seemingly unlimited pliability that resembles silly putty, thus many addicts find their entire personality and world view shooting off first this way, then suddenly, unexpectedly off in that direction, then again going way over that way, back and forth, with the ebb and flow of the message propaganda. This may be due to the exaggerated sense of attachment, and fear of offending fellow addicts, which results in this herculean effort to see the good in every tweet, and not be too dismissive of the carefully crafted and chiseled messages of the cloistered addict enclave.