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Twitter. What a waste of time.

I really don’t get it. I also don’t get why people give it so much praise. Honestly, why would anybody think that Twitter is a good use of time? Are you really that interested in every little thing that I do? My life can’t be that interesting.

Well, regardless of how asinine I think it is, I’ve decided to give it a try. Everybody else seems to be doing it (peer pressure for the win!). So, yeah. Congratulations. Now you guys will have the ‘privilege’ of knowing what I’m doing, when I do it (assuming I update). If you’ve ever wanted to know when I shower, what I had for lunch, and who I’m ignoring at work, go ahead and follow my twitter…list? Blog? Thing.

I’ve got a great idea. Since it doesn’t seem to be enough to shove all of my personal information into Facebook, record my activities on my blog, and update Twitter every time I do something even mildly interesting, I propose that bloggers like me take it a step further. How about I wear a webcam on my head at all times? I can have a live feed going so you guys can see what I see. Watch me die repeatedly while playing Manhunt 2. Read along with me while I read my new steampunk novel. I can even put an old lens over the camera when I have my glasses off. You know, to give you the full experience.

But wait. You guys wouldn’t be able to see what I was doing while I was away from home. I suppose I could install more webcams in places that I frequently visit, or maybe I could carry a large external harddrive and dump the contents to my server when I get back. Think of it as Tivo-ing my life.

I’ll also be sure to wear a GPS locater and write up an interface using the Google Earth API so that you guys can know exactly where I am at all times. Maybe I’ll work in a few other features, like how fast I’m walking so that you can see how many calories I’ve burned.

I’m afraid that’s pretty much all I can do at this point. Maybe in a decade or so when mind/machine interfaces are more sophisticated, I’ll be able to upload a live stream of all of my deepest thoughts and dark secrets. At night, you could tune in to see if I was dreaming about anything interesting. Sounds cool, right? Well, you’re just going to have to wait.

Oh look, done with the blog post. Time to update my Twitter thing.

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10 Responses to “Tweet”

  1. Sabrina Says:

    lol… I started using it with the thought that I’d give it a shot and expected to be through with it in a day or two, but I like it. I don’t update all the time, but it’s interesting. I’m trying to build a network however, so I can somewhat see it’s building ability for my site.

    Maybe it’ll have that effect for you as well.

  2. Tim Says:

    I was exactly like you about a week ago…once you start using it to build a network, though, it can be fun, useful and informative. Make sure you follow as many people as you can :D

  3. Matt Says:

    Dude… this is so freaking awesome… now I can finally see exactly what time Geoff eats lunch!

    I don’t think I’ve ever found a more useful post on the web… honestly, this information is going to make me a millionaire!


  4. Ryan Says:

    Kinda like fbook status updates, AIM away messages…

  5. Todd Says:

    I haven’t been able to figure out why it is so popular. I have a friend who has been making fun of it nonstop. Then he joined and got hooked.

  6. Patrick Curl (There's a Blog In My Soup) Says:

    I felt the same way for months. I didn’t have a clue what twitter was for, and why I’d wanna be a twit?

    Then I noticed that some of the top bloggers out there like Jason Calcanis, Robert Scoble, and Darren Rowse, are all very avid twitter users. They generally have 10,000+ followers as well. But the thing I also noticed is that they follow about the same number - give or take.

    Which made me think - If I follow someone, they’re likely to follow me right?

    So this past week I’ve set out on a quest to see how many followers I can get - So far I’m following 11,000 people and I have 2,010 followers of my own.

    The biggest thing is that - because of twitter I was able to get 44 Diggs on a post I wrote. (you can see the digg page here: http://digg.com/tech_news/7_Ways_to_be_Best_Buds_with_an_A_List_Blogger)

    I also went from 30 subscribers to 74 in that week, I’ve gotten about 5 topics for blog posts so far. My traffic has gone from 30 hits a day to 700.

    Now with those stats - tell me twitter, isn’t an amazing tool. Yes I have been working very hard to add quality linkbait-able content to my site, but if nobody knows about it does it exist (you know if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it - does it make a sound?)

  7. web hosting review Says:

    hey man … if you wear a webcam on your head all day, i’d watch it.

  8. Ty Brown Says:

    ‘Eternal’ or ‘External’ hard drive? Both work

  9. Jason Says:

    @ Patrick, you followed 11k people on Twitter and only had a 40 increase in RSS count and 44 Diggs? You know how pathetic a conversion ratio that is?

    Nice work on the traffic though, I guess. :)

  10. Geoff Says:

    Aw, I’m usually so good at catching typos. Thanks for pointing that out.

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