Twitter is Dead (a foreshadowing)

Quote of the Day:

There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.”     -Phillip Franklin, White Star Line Vice-President

In all the TBU, there are only six known users of Twitter–TB, TDW, Mac, Irv, Barista and RockStar. TD has an account, but I don’t know if she uses it. The rest of you, I’ll call you the “Twitless,” probably fall into one of several main categories–disinterested, unaware, or convinced it’s just another passing internet fad, like Facebook. Well friends, if you fall into categories two or three, it’s time for you to sign up and start chirping. Twitter is here to stay. It is awesome. It is addictive. It will soon be essential. It is only going to get better and it will be with us forever. For-Ev-er.

TB was late to the Tweet party and I cannot even say I’ve yet wholly embraced it. Unequivocally, I can assert I do not yet fully understand it. Oh, a complete imbecile I am not. I get the whole 140 characters thing and I even now know what “smh” means. I know what a #hashtag is. But there is plenty of shorthand and some stylistic techniques and some basic etiquette I have yet to grasp–sort of like TB in the physical universe. Ironically, “the real” TB is a list-making fiend while the Twitterati TB cannot seem to figure that skill out. (Little help Wit?)

No matter. If you fancy yourself an aficionado of the “bon mot” you must Tweet. A punnist, you say? Then Tweet. Get bored in waiting rooms? Not if you Tweet. Want news in real time? The best bargains on the web? Near-celebrity-interaction? Participate in a revolution? Tweet, dammit! How else are you gonna find out where I have coffee each day? Alas, Tweet. It is the future.

Seriously, I am calling you out TBU. Twitter is great. You are going to have to join eventually, so might as well get on with it. And I’ll follow you if you’ll follow me. Really, that’s not weird in the Twitterverse.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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23 Responses to Twitter is Dead (a foreshadowing)

  1. Jessie Lou says:

    Tweet, Tweet – that is eeet for me! Happy Anniversary TB! I’ll be the first (and possibly last) to say it. Sign me your proud TLF, that would be twitterless friend. I can hardly text. As much as I love forms of communication I’m not anxious to move onto that phase. I’m just an old fashioned girl I guess and my skills will soon be outdated. Perhaps that will make me more eccentric – if that is even possible.

    • JLou, your capacity for memorizing dates of consequence, and otherwise, never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the shout. I eschewed the self-serving anniversary post this year because the blog has been so sporadic, but hopefully it will be back soon.

      Here is how it all got started–note my unbelievably pathetic formatting:

      Coincidentally? I had another good day in late May this year–the 28th. Hoping it will keep me in the frame of mind for reflectin’, pontificatin’ and goofin’ a little more often.

      I have a busy afternoon but appreciate the other comments too and I’ll respond later. I want to get a role call of who’s on Twitter and who might join up so we can all follow each other around.

  2. Krebs says:

    Twitter is the bomb!

  3. Barista says:

    I found out about most breaking news on twitter. I also do most of my tweeting while drinking or working. Too bad I don’t drink while working.

    • Barista says:

      Dammit. I meant I FIND out about most breaking news… jesiis.

      Oh yeah, I find out about him, too, by following @Jesus_M_Christ. The M stands for exactly what you think it does. Heh.

  4. The ins and outs of lists are best described over a brewski. FYI, I can be found at

  5. Tiny d says:

    I also hear most breaking news first on twitter. The latest biggie that I would have completely missed had I not checked the twitter before retiring to my bed was Obama’s big Osama gig.
    I’m an avid reader but not so sure of myself with the technicalities to “dispense my knowledge” freely. Perhaps this is the push I need to become more of a first hand tweeter. Maybe I’ll consult my tweeting for dummies guide before I get started.

  6. Jessie Lou says:

    Now I am curious about what good thing happened on the 28th! Your anniversary coincides with another so I’m able to remember it well. One of these days I should make a list of all the dates/times/places I remember before I forget it all. That way I can amuse myself over and over when I have alzheimers – it will all be new.

    Tiny d – I would love to know what you like to read or have read. I was the slowest reader after Katrina and just said (right before I pulled the blog up) that my reading capabilities have finally returned full force.

    And not back to the tweeting comments – that was a commercial break.

    • Tiny d says:

      JL – in my comment I meant I’m an avid reader of the tweeters I follow but on your note I am also an avid reader of the books. Right now I can’t get enough of Jodi Piccoult. 🙂 start with 19 minutes, it’s awesome!

    • JL, I settled a case I was heavily invested in, emotionally.

      BTW, I’m reading “Life, the Universe and Everything”. It’s part of the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” set of books by Douglas Adams, which, as luck would have it, I was re-inspired to complete due to Twitter educating me last week that it was Towel Day. (The number one rule in the Universe according to the H2G2 is always carry your towel.) The book title is also the true, secret title to this blog–Travellinbaen is but a cover–but don’t tell anyone.

  7. Jessie Lou says:

    Ah, I read it as it would apply to me the non-tweeter so I was thinking of books of course! I’ll have to check that out. I’ve been reading the Steig Larsson trilogy of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and Played with Fire – got one more to go. They are good I think. Now reading Dead Until Dark which is book version of True Blood on HBO which I have never seen – an easy summer read.

    Now back to TWITTER………

  8. I’ll bet the person who first commented on you blog is cool. And funny. Probably pretty hot, too.

  9. Harmony says:

    To tweet, or not to tweet; that is the question. If JL were to ever sign up for Twitter, I would definitely follow her. I used to have a Twitter account, but gave up on it a long time ago. I often think about starting a new one, but never really got around to pushing that thought into reality. Twitter, it’s for the dedicated.

    • Harmony, come back. You are the Queen of the one-liner and have a pretty twisted sense of humor. You don’t even have to post except when I throw out a topic for commentary–or better yet, when Wit does.

      As for swag, well, I gotta change blogging platforms so I can run ads and make a few bucks I’m afraid. I’ve been thinking for awhile about doing something like that, but it would take daily involvement and probably about 4-5 writers to keep it fresh. Speaking of which, there ARE 4-5 TBU’ns who would fit the bill pretty nicely if they/you were interested in starting up a joint venture…..

    • Harmony says:

      Queen of the one-liner? That’s a first. I have to admit, your idea about posting on topics for commentary does sound appealing. Hmm…

      Are you going to open up the TBU for reader’s to post? Like a weekly highlight feature? That would be awesome. I’d love to see what everyone else would write about, since most of them do not have blogs (which for some reason bugs me).

  10. Jessie Lou says:

    Harmony – that is the nicest thing I’ve heard today! I think a constant reading of my thoughts would either be quite the bore or too twisted to take.

  11. sweet says:

    I found out that “All My Children” got the ax, but not on Twitter

  12. Irvine Redd says:

    I use my twitter account constantly. I may not always say something, but I do get most of my news via Twitter. I got hooked last year during the NBA Free Agent period because all the beat reporters were constantly updating what was going on. Plus Twitter has a ton of funny people. The best discoveries are the ordinary folks how are quite humorous. There is a girl named Shelby Fero who is hilarious.

    I liken Twitter vs Facebook to the Microsoft vs Apple paradigm. Microsoft is for business, Apple is for fun. Facebook is for keeping up with Sally Joe the long last crush from high school and her experimental-plane-flying son, Twitter is for fun.

  13. Jessie Lou says:

    Does anyone here follow Mr. Weiner on Twitter? And if so, has it become quiet?
    Just curious! For someone considered to be so smart he apparently had no common sense. The world has not changed much over the course of time. I love to people watch and this kind of behavior always interests me. How do you get to a point that you do not wonder “what happens if?” and not just to this sort of circumstance to any sort of circumstance.

  14. Harmony says:

    What’s up with Twitter today? Did it die?

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