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(Wired)   Guy writes a short story, has 31 buddies tweet it (line by line), which he then retweets. "I realized that, by giving tweets to friends via DM, I could create this strange little bit of magic. A narrative could just begin to appear in my timeline"   (wired.com ) divider line 25
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2014-08-10 12:25:18 AM  
As with everything on the internet, 4chan did it long, long ago.

i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-08-10 12:56:14 AM  
I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.
 
2014-08-10 01:15:17 AM  

2chris2: I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.


There are some good uses for it:

Cities or or emergency services putting out evacuation or other similar notices.

Musicians or comedians announcing new projects and tours.

Other artists announcing showings or doing a Q&A.

People who should NEVER use Twitter:

Politicians

The rest of the world should seriously consider giving it up, I kind of wish it was a government format and that it wasn't for public use, but after a few years, I've at least seen a few examples of people who can actually benefit from it.
 
2014-08-10 04:08:22 AM  

dookdookdook: As with everything on the internet, 4chan did it long, long ago.


Lol. I love the 4chan random ban system.
 
2014-08-10 04:52:26 AM  

2chris2: I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.


I use the word twit. It's farking Twitter, not Tweeter you farkjobs.
 
2014-08-10 05:02:06 AM  
Fark Twitter. Fark everyone on Twitter. Yet another reason the current culture is a big pile of steaming shiat.

/yeah yeah, yelling at clouds fark you, fairies
 
2014-08-10 05:31:44 AM  
"strange" and "stupid" are not synonyms, submitter...
 
2014-08-10 07:39:38 AM  
Twitter is the perfect medium for performing a textual Exquisite Corpse. Also doing mad libs. And long-distance road-travel games ("I Spy" could be particularly challenging when one player is, for example, on a Greyhound bus headed for New Mexico outside Davenport, Iowa, at 2:51 a.m. on a Tuesday and the other is 330 kilometers over Australia on the International Space Station).

2chris2: I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.


I feel the same way about every social media addiction. Also texting. And smartphones in general. Those who cannot stop typing and look up from their phones or just put the damn things away for more than a minute need to be either in the middle of an emergency lesson on landing a plane or life-saving surgery or they should get some kind of intervention. If in your normal, Earthbound existence you can't go without a thing (other than air or perhaps mechanical life support) for longer than five minutes, you need to change your relationship with that thing. And no, you haven't "learned to multitask", you've learned how to ignore most of everything happening around you.

But as for killing everyone who uses the word "tweet", what is the root cause of your murderous rage against small birds?
 
2014-08-10 07:47:33 AM  
31 "buddies" or 31 alts?
 
2014-08-10 08:12:19 AM  

Mikey1969: There are some good uses for it:

Cities or or emergency services putting out evacuation or other similar notices.

Musicians or comedians announcing new projects and tours.

Other artists announcing showings or doing a Q&A.

People who should NEVER use Twitter:

Politicians

The rest of the world should seriously consider giving it up, I kind of wish it was a government format and that it wasn't for public use, but after a few years, I've at least seen a few examples of people who can actually benefit from it.


I've found other good uses for it. It has become quite heavily used among certain scientists (particularly the kind who also like to blog) for more open and transparent discussion about papers, topics, conferences, etc. It is a fantastic interactive communication tool, using it just as a sort of online megaphone for announcements is kind of like having an email account and only doing email blasts.

Yes, the vast majority of the content is vapid bullshiat but thats because the majority of people really enjoy vapid bullshiat. If you don't follow those people you don't see it, which is nice.
 
2014-08-10 08:13:09 AM  

2chris2: I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.


I don't use Twitter, but the energy you put in to hating it suggests to me you have issues, boy.
 
2014-08-10 08:13:35 AM  
As for TFA, I think it is a perfect example of the arts community having its head shoved up its own collective ass and being super pretentious about shiat.
 
2014-08-10 08:46:44 AM  

Grotesk: I feel the same way about every social media addiction. Also texting. And smartphones in general. Those who cannot stop typing and look up from their phones or just put the damn things away for more than a minute need to be either in the middle of an emergency lesson on landing a plane or life-saving surgery or they should get some kind of intervention. If in your normal, Earthbound existence you can't go without a thing (other than air or perhaps mechanical life support) for longer than five minutes, you need to change your relationship with that thing. And no, you haven't "learned to multitask", you've learned how to ignore most of everything happening around you.


Same thing happened when we got color TV. And black and white TV. And Radio. And the paperback book. And printing presses.  Every new technology is 'ruining' everything.
 
2014-08-10 08:46:58 AM  
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

There, that's under their character limit...
 
2014-08-10 09:30:32 AM  

Mikey1969: 2chris2: I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.

There are some good uses for it:

Cities or or emergency services putting out evacuation or other similar notices.

Musicians or comedians announcing new projects and tours.

Other artists announcing showings or doing a Q&A.

People who should NEVER use Twitter:

Politicians

The rest of the world should seriously consider giving it up, I kind of wish it was a government format and that it wasn't for public use, but after a few years, I've at least seen a few examples of people who can actually benefit from it.


I really hate how Blizzard has been using it for WoW to discuss class balance and issues. They say it helps because the players can't give long, rambling posts that go on for too long to talk about an issue, but then they shoot down arguments on Twitter because the person didn't provide a strong enough argument.
 
2014-08-10 11:00:55 AM  
I've seen authors do that where they start a short story, and retweet the best followup sentences.  It's actually pretty neat.
 
2014-08-10 11:39:47 AM  
"magic?"

He digitally distributed something and then digitally put the exact same thing back together. Literally nothing happened. Besides the huge waste of time for everyone involved.

I'm really annoyed by the boomers who claim anyone younger than them is a self-absorbed, self-important twit, but then people like this make headlines and I just hide my head in shame. This must be what nice Christians feel like when they see the "God hates..." people.
 
2014-08-10 12:12:50 PM  
He very inefficiently broadcast a story. I know this site is 'not news,' but so farking what??
 
2014-08-10 01:42:05 PM  

moothemagiccow: He very inefficiently broadcast a story. I know this site is 'not news,' but so farking what??


He's a member of the "snowflake generation". This sort of mundane triviality is a Very Big Deal to them.
 
2014-08-10 01:44:08 PM  

kroonermanblack: Same thing happened when we got color TV. And black and white TV. And Radio. And the paperback book. And printing presses.  Every new technology is 'ruining' everything.


Yeah. I'm just a caveman who can't stand the wheel and the agricultural revolution. My lawn is made of stone, and you kids with your sewn clothing and fancy Clovis points need to get off of it.

And stop standing around staring at those religious artifact things in your hands all the time and holding them up at everything. I've seen you giggle and frown and rub them with your thumbs for hours to invoke your gods and how you hold them up to bless your meals before you eat, and you never make eye contact with people for more than a moment or talk to them face-to-face or experience anything new without going back to rubbing those things in some kind of prayer. It's boorish and tacky and confuses me because the paintings I have on my cave wall don't move or glow like yours do.


/As Groucho Marx said, "I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while."
//Also, it could be bad for you.
 
2014-08-10 02:30:39 PM  
I dont get it. 

He wrote a story -- broke it up into sections -- then had his friends paste it back together in order on the internet... Is it art? Is it supposed to say something? Is it supposed to make me think? 

I dont get twitter -- its 140 characters and you can follow other people and hashtags figure in there somewhere? I just cant get into it. I stayed away from facebook for a loooong time but EVERYONE is using it and i ended up feeling like some stone age anti-social monster... Its nice to see what people are up to and to chat with them on the messenger... although something about it makes me feel like im super lame and nobody ACTUALLY likes me... I'm always talking to people... people are never talking to me. But thats my problem and i can get over it. Posting things on twitter would make me feel like im either a pompous ostentatious blowhard, or terribly alone. I'm both of those things but i dont need some 'social' media site to drive it home. 

And 140 characters -- Is anyone else sick of people talking about how concise and to the point it makes everything? How 'being confined to 140 characters forces you to be creative and thoughtful'? It doesnt. It makes you talk like a 15 year old asshole. It feels like its just another thing to distance your real life self from the crap that wants to trickle out of your mouth. Like we are retreating under a blanket of text so we can pretend to be someone we arent or feel smarter and more popular than we ever are in real life...

I dont know -- maybe this is just growing older -- not understanding what the kids are doing these days and feeling cranky about the world.
 
2014-08-10 05:06:09 PM  
"So how can we deliver a very brief moment of entertainment to a small group of people while at the same time doing it in the most annoying way possible?"
 
2014-08-11 06:27:17 AM  

entropic_existence: Mikey1969: There are some good uses for it:

Cities or or emergency services putting out evacuation or other similar notices.

Musicians or comedians announcing new projects and tours.

Other artists announcing showings or doing a Q&A.

People who should NEVER use Twitter:

Politicians

The rest of the world should seriously consider giving it up, I kind of wish it was a government format and that it wasn't for public use, but after a few years, I've at least seen a few examples of people who can actually benefit from it.

I've found other good uses for it. It has become quite heavily used among certain scientists (particularly the kind who also like to blog) for more open and transparent discussion about papers, topics, conferences, etc. It is a fantastic interactive communication tool, using it just as a sort of online megaphone for announcements is kind of like having an email account and only doing email blasts.

Yes, the vast majority of the content is vapid bullshiat but thats because the majority of people really enjoy vapid bullshiat. If you don't follow those people you don't see it, which is nice.


How much discussion can you really have in 140 characters though?
 
2014-08-11 06:49:09 AM  

Alison Hendrix's Craft Room: How much discussion can you really have in 140 characters though?


A lot when you are talking about peers with a shared background of knowledge and the context easily established with a link to the paper, blog, or news article in question. And of course if you have an in depth analysis or thoughts to provide thats where linking to somewhere on the web comes in.
 
2014-08-11 01:22:15 PM  

2chris2: I farking hate Twitter.  Everyone using the word "tweet" should be killed.


It's the world's greatest news source, and besides Google, is quite likely the most important website on the Internet.

You're a farking idiot.
 
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