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Atwood in the Twittersphere

On the New York Review of Books, Margaret Atwood blogs about using Twitter. I have to admit that I think Twitter is kind of dumb, but I absolutely love the way she writes, especially in this article:

Oh yes. A long time ago, back in June of 2009, when we were planning the launch of The Year of the Flood and I was building a Web site for it. Why was I doing this building, rather than the publishers? Well, they had their own sites, and I wanted to do some non-publishing things on mine, such as raise awareness of rare-bird vulnerability and heighten Virtuous Coffee Consumption (Arabica, shade-grown, doesn’t kill birds) and blog the seven-country dramatic-and-musical book tour we were about to do. Anyway, the publishers were at that time hiding under rocks, as it was still the Great Financial Meltdown, not to mention the Horrid Tsunami of Electronic Book Transmission. “That sounds wonderful, Margaret,” they said, with the queasy encouragement shown by those on the shore waving goodbye to someone who’s about to shoot Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Oops! I shouldn’t have said that. Which is typical of “social media”: you’re always saying things you shouldn’t have said. But it’s like the days of Hammurabi, and those of the patriarch Isaac in the book of Genesis, come to think of it: once decrees and blessings have made it out of the mouth—or, now, in the 21st century, out of the ends of the fingers and past the Send button—you can’t take them back.

Atwood in the Twittersphere [NYRblog]


Shit My Dad Says

Justin is a 28-year-old who lives with his 73-year-old father and writes down all the funny stuff he says. Then he ‘tweets’ it to a Twitter thing. If you don’t mind incredibly foul language, here are some excerpts:

“Your mother made a batch of meatballs last night. Some are for you, some are for me, but more are for me. Remember that. More. Me.”

“Love this Mrs. Dash. The bitch can make spices… Jesus, Joni (my mom) it’s a joke. I was making a joke! Mrs. Dash isn’t even real dammit!”

“The dog is not bored, it’s a fucking dog. It’s not like he’s waiting for me to give him a fucking rubix cube. He’s a god damned dog.”

“You need to flush the toilet more than once…No, YOU, YOU specifically need to. You know what, use a different toilet. This is my toilet.”

shitmydadsays [Twitter]

Handful of Twitter Users do all the Tweeting


A study by Harvard business school has found that only 10 percent of Twitter users account for about 90 percent of all tweets. I feel stupid just using the word ‘tweets’ in a sentence. The report states, “This implies that Twitter resembles more of a one-way, one-to-many publishing service than a two-way, peer-to-peer communication network.” They also found that the typical Twitter user only tweets once in their lifetime, and half of all users abandon the service within the first month.

I’ve got to admit, I tried Twitter once. But it was in college, everyone was doing it.

I don’t want to have to say ‘tweet’ any more, so if you’re still interested, here’s the Telegraph:

Handful of Twitter Users do all the Tweeting [Telegraph]