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Idler? Relid! Website Disses Twitter in Short Form

When I was sent on to a post from the Idler declaring that:

From today, all orders that we send out will include a nice little letterpress bookmark, featuring a picture of a little birdie and the phrase: “Read, Don’t Twitter”.

my first response was to rise up in dudgeon. Why is it that some forms get all the respect and others get none? Take haiku. It’s even shorter in form than a “tweet,” but people venerate it as one of the most high and graceful forms of poetry. Why is haiku grand but twitter declasse? More poorly thought of than the tweet is the bumper sticker. Folks are fond of decrying “bumper sticker politics,” making the implicit assumption that a simply expressed idea is a poor one. I disagree. What is a bumper sticker, or a post on twitter, but a short format that can be well-filled or poorly filled?

Oh, I was ready ride the wagon into town on this one. I started noting the multiple appearances of short form expressions at… why, they were all over the place! Pithy quotations! Event listings! Book abstracts! Short blog postings! Aaaaah! Aaaaah!

Short… blog… postings…

That Idler post announcing the distribution of anti-twitter bookmarks? Without spaces, it’s 139 characters.

"Never mind." -- Emily Litella
"What she said." -- Me

3 thoughts on “Idler? Relid! Website Disses Twitter in Short Form”

  1. John Beasley says:

    TwitterOnTheRun is an automated self-sustaining TWITTER program that follows Tweeters who are interested in what you are interested in on TWITTER. You tell the program which Tweeters are already talking about what you are about, and it follows for you just like the specified Tweeter follows. When you follow Tweeters who have common interests with you on TWITTER, they are highly likely to follow you back. Then you can get your message out to all of them with one simple tweet or more tweets, if you choose!

    1. Jim says:

      Dude, proofread before you cut and paste!

    2. F.G. Fitzer says:

      TwitterOnTheJog is a Twitter program that allows Tweeters who are interested in what people do on Twitter to have a computer follow their Twitter follower Tweet followers for you, and respond its own Tweets on your Twitter so that you don’t need to Twitter or read Tweets to be active on Twitter any more. Automatically, TwitterOnTheJob Tweets using your most commonly used language about topics that you used to Tweet about yourself, and adds you as a follower with automatic Twitter feed analysis. Then, in few weeks so many Twitterbots will be on Twitter that only Twitterbots will be following Twitterbots, and creating reTweets to the most ergonomically advantageous Tweeter Beaters, enabling people to Twoot the Twung on the Twatter Twutoo Twawling Twagger!

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