What is a Tweet?

I am old. Well, not really, but older than a lot of those at the surrounding tables at this conference.

there are a lot of people here, mostly developers and professionals, but with a good smattering of community and serious hobbyists.

WordCamp is about the use of WordPress: as a blogging platform, as a CMS, as the basis underlying e-Commerce. While one is at it, you could also layer on BuddyPress for social networking or bbPress for forums…. or ….

Anyway, none of that explains the love affairs with Twitter that seems to be taking over so many people.

Now, I date from USENET and FIDONET. I know and understand about random noise and chatter. I avoided IRC and all of its channels in favor of listserve and being able to look at things when I wanted, rather than on someone else’s schedule.

I don’t get Twitter. Primarily it seems to be 140 character comments on whatever # mark channel without any common sense or finger governers. It really is not anything different than a running instant messanger with more than one delivery route. I am not arrogant enough to believe that anyone really cares what I am doing at any particular time. If I need to contact my family, there is email and text messaging.

End Rant.


All of Print O’ the Wave



is completed out of two balls of Regia Cotton knit on 5.0 mm needles and badly needs blocking.
I started a second out of some Rowan Tapestry, only one repeat wide

After using up a previous ball of Rowan on an angle scarf




Video, Audio, other

iTunes US makes a certain amount of material available free every week. For the last several months, I have been collecting it up. Not wanting another late night at a pub with a long cold hike back I decided to reclaim some hard drive space by going through it.

No clue why any one would want to watch a reality TV show about a family with multiples. The fact that there is more than one out there is totally beyond me. Same goes for various fashion, fighting, school related, and vehicle demo productions. Ice Truckers? Really.

End result is that I have 15Gig more free on my laptop and found only one show that I might want to watch.

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3 Responses to What is a Tweet?

  1. Linda M says:

    I agree with you completely about Twitter, and I really do think it is generational. Have you read “Feed” by M.T. Anderson? it is a dystopic look at the future of the networked society and I see evidence of it most days.

  2. Kathryn says:

    I think I am allergic to mobile ‘phones – and therefore Twitter. I’d rather knit than send text messages.

  3. Melinda says:

    I agree with you about Twitter, mostly anyway. I do read the Yarn Harlot’s Twitter page because she comes up with some good one liners, but how many of us can do that? I also don’t understand why anyone would use it to update friends and family. You can do that will a Text messaging group on your cell anyway. I think it will mostly die out in a few years, once people get sick of sifting through a lot of words with very little meaning.

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