Monday, January 26, 2009

Twitter: Bah. I succumbed.

Okay, this one will be quick because I'm at work. But I wanted to let y'all know that I buckled to peer- and techno-pressure and finally signed up for fuggin' Twitter---something I swore (like cell phones back in the day) I'd never do. Oh well. So much for moral imperatives.

In any event, yeah, I'm there now. Greenspeak is the name. Kill me now.

Oh, and since the Find window in Twitter doesn't work with me (???), try the exact URL:

http://twitter.com/Greenspeak

59 comments:

Tom P. said...

Now what you must do is set up a TwitterFeed for your blog (twitterfeed.com) so every time you make a blog post, it updates twitter with a link!

Erik said...

"Kill me now."

Would you prefer to be locked in a cubicle with no access to food and water, or trapped in a swimming pool with no ladder to climb out?

Jeff Green said...

Huh, thanks Tom P.

This newfangled technology still frightens and confuses me.

Erik: Just slit my goddamn throat. :)

Brad Covert said...

eh...it won't be so bad...as long as you don't twitter, "I'm on the toilet makin poopie" you should be fine.

Erik said...
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Earl Greigh said...

Here's a fun game: refresh your browser every five seconds and watch how fast Jeff's followers grow on Twitter.

John Lynch said...

So fun factoid: Twitter is run out of a company 3 blocks away from my campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. My friend is interning there and forced me, basically at gun point, to sign up.

Honestly, it comes off as more of a glorified Facebook status app than anything else.

Jibrell said...

Your twitter feed is set to auto-txt my phone when you update. You can instantly order your twitter nerd army instantly not matter where we are. Please use your new found power responsibly. For example, please do not spam and re-tweet (RT) messages repeatedly.

Booger Patrol said...

Yay!

Roc Gaude said...

Come on...it's not all that bad. I mean, where else will you find ego-enhancing posts like this?

http://tinyurl.com/cty4es

Electric Monk said...

Um, am I the only one for whom this isn't working? When I try to find "Greenspeak" Twitter just says it can't find the name.

Jeremy said...

For Brad, actually I think I heard that if Greg Ford signed up he would just announce those moments where he was heading to the bathroom... uh, great to see you on Twitter though Jeff. I've gotten hooked, I like using it.

Shawn G said...

I like the Sims remark Erik left haha.
Finally Jeff you've joined twitter!

Hoof said...

I for one welcome our new twitter overlords.

Mystery White Boy said...

aren't you a little old to be giving into peer-pressure? you're meant to be setting me a better example. I feel disillusioned...

yoonas said...
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yoonas said...

Nevermind, found it. Just don't use the search.
Anyway, 3 hours and already over 1000 followers...Damn you and your popularity, damn it all I say!

Jeff Green said...

Peer pressure does not end ever, even if you are a crotchety old man like me. I still don't even get this whole Twitter thing. Isn't it just glorified FaceBook updates?

NT_ said...

Speaking as a fellow "old man" two weeks into Twitter, follow some more people that you like and give it a week or two. You'll get it. I sincerely wish that more of my contemporaries were on Twitter.

And, to a previous commenter, yes, the search function appears to be very unreliable and often is completely disabled. Of course, the service is currently free with no ad support, so one can't protest too loudly, lol.

Jeffrey Grubb said...

Bowel movement notice incoming!

Anderson said...

Please, please don't be a "twitter shitter."

Jailem said...

But now that you have succumb, you will shortly discover that there is a newer, cooler place where all the cool kids hang out. And that nobody in the know uses Twitter anymore. I don't where that is yet, but when I find out, that is when I'll sign up for twitter. The peer pressure never ends.

Macroe said...

Yeah, I should kill you. I just lost 30 minutes of preciouss office time, rejected 2 calls from irate customers, did not finish my price list adjustments, all because "Greenspeak" does not appear on the Following Add function on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! I'm still without a cell phone. When people act surprised I just tell them "If I want to get a hold of you I will. Till then, I value my privacy and time." Cell phones just puts you at the mercy of other people's needs. ~ Hamilton

G-Man said...

Welcome to the Web 2.0 RSS blogosphere twitter nation!

Macroe said...

Thanks Jeff for update on finding the way to Greenspeak at Twitter. Incredibly, Ryan Scott just beat you to it!

Tim said...

I actually signed up for Twitter last night too. Not because I necessarily needed too, but because as a strong supporter of the big Obama "change", I joined the rest of the nation and got myself laid off last week. Now I'm a sad, lonely individual waiting for my bi-monthly Obamabux check to arrive.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm over the age of 40, so I think I have the right to my present state of complete bewilderment over this.

Twitter?

So it's the in thing, is it, and Jeff has finally 'succumbed' to it?

But does this mean that Greenspeak has moved to a new location? Cause really that's all I care about.

You young people might be hip to this Twitter nonsense, and you know, I'm really happy for you, that you've found yet another new way to 'communicate' with each other - but at least most people of my generation are able to spell the word 'ridiculous' properly.

It's ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous, okay.

Not rediculous.

Yeah, maybe I know Jack about this Twitter nonsense, but at least I don't go around writing rediculous all the time, as though I failed to graduate from the first grade.

I love the way that we're finding all these new ways of communicating with one another without actually learning how to better communicate with one another. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I suppose.

It's like the war in Iraq. Have you seen some of the amazing 'equipment' that's being used by the soldiers over there? - we're discovering all these new ways to kill each other that are highly advanced, and yet we don't seem to be getting any smarter.

The Moose Is Loose Aboot The Hoose. (Oh damn, I've got to come up with a new name - that's just stupid)

Level Up said...

You know its going to be a great welcome to all the twitterers. Something tells me this is a twitter that will be both entertaining and informative. Way to go Jeff!

Stephen said...

Grats, Jeff!

You are such a twit.

meinard said...

I want to see this beard of yours. Somehow I'm picturing Fabio style hair, but a beard.

Earl Greigh said...

Greenspeak twitter is about to ding 2,000 followers. Wow.

thechosen2nd said...

@Anonymous
Actually, all the kids now days run firefox, with its built in ultra-super-sensitive spellchecker 3000 (tm), so it must be the adults who're spelling ridiculous incorrectly.

Anonymous said...

thechosen2nd, the point I was trying to make was that the methods by which we communicate - whether we send out a signal by smoke, write on parchment or paper, send a telegram, call somebody on the phone, dash off an email, or start using twitter - may be continuously advancing, but our actual ability to communicate with one another is not.

If anything, it's the exact opposite.

When communication becomes too convenient, it seems to me that we become increasingly sloppy in actually communicating.

In days of old, people would sit down and talk things over - or they would send letters in the mail.

Because all of this was terribly 'inconvenient' much more effort was put into the communication as the result.

Here's the perfect example of what I'm talking about:

My great grandfather, and my great grandmother, were separated from one another for approximately 3 years. He had taken on work as engineer to oversee the building of a huge bridge in central India. He was on one side of the world, and she was on the other. There were no telephones back then, of course, and the only way my great grandparents were able to communicate was through letters. Those letters took weeks, if not months, to travel halfway around the world.

I've read their letters - many times in fact - and they're magnificent. They're magnificent because they weren't easy. Effort was put into them.

The result is that those letters have actually remained in the family. They've been passed down through the generations.

Can you imagine falling in love with a woman today, and writing her e-mails, and then preserving those e-mails so that you can pass them along to your children, so that they can pass them along to theirs? That's not going to happen.

I see all of this new technology springing up around me - but somehow I can't help but feel that, although we're gaining something here, we're losing something as well.

The younger generations just don't seem to understand that.

Christ, I'm starting to sound like my fucking grandfather here.

The Goose.

nGen said...

Took me awhile myself to start a Twitter myself. But it's not so bad and it's great that it hooks up to you blog on here as well.

Alan Scott said...
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Alan Scott said...

Welcome to the Twitter, Mr Green.

Now you can sample the unholy delights of Shawn Elliott's twitter feed whenever the fancy takes you. Just be careful around the office, he's not always great as giving a NSFW notice in advance.

Great things await. Things that can never be unseen. Ever.

Spirit-of said...

Anonymous is breaking the hard and fast Twitter rule of 140 characters.

Just sayin'.

Spod said...

Twitter is the newest beginning of the end... Don't do it!!!

Tristessa said...

Gooba Gabba one of us...

Anonymous said...

Hey, Spirit-of, which Anonymous were you talking about - me, The Goose?

Were you joking when you wrote that?

I hope you were joking because that really pisses me off.

The fact that you didn't see that I had signed, The Goose, at the bottom, but instead referred to me as Anonymous, is indicative that you looked at my super long, War And Peace-like post, and just didn't bother to read it, which is too bad for you, since if you had bothered to read it then you might have learned something.

But seriously, 140 characters is the limit at Twitter, is it?

Well that's just great, isn't it. So suddenly we're all living in a world in which we're limited to writing only 140 characters at a time - what the hell is this... some kind of directive issued by The Queen to all members of The Borg?

What sixteen year old kid came up with this brilliant idea?

Do the young people of today have such short attention spans that they can't process information that's more than 140 characters long?

You know, just for kicks, I frequent the general gaming section of a website called TeamXbox - the vast majority of the forum members there are young teenagers. What I've discovered is that, generally speaking, if you write anything that's longer than 2 paragraphs then you won't get a response. If you write anything that's longer than 3 paragraphs then you will get a response, but it'll be some angry, sarcastic comment, along the lines of... what the hell is this, do you actually expect me to read all that?

I've discovered that you have to keep your posts down to just one or two sentences, or else you're just wasting your time.

Traditionally, forums have been places where people have gathered to exchange ideas. I don't mind it if, under certain circumstances, people are limited to the number of words they're allowed to write or say in order to maintain clarity or to prevent the speaker from digressing - but to limit a person because the readers or the listeners simply have short attention spans and are unable to process information that takes more than thirty seconds to communicate is just insanely stupid.

And I'm sorry to say this to all of you who seem to think that this Twitter thing is all the rage - but I don't think that this is much of a gift to the world.

The Goose

(Oh no! I've broken the 140 character rule! Does this mean I'm no longer a member of The Collective? Well good. I never wanted to be a member of your fucking Collective anyhow.)

Anonymous said...

To The Goose:

Sir, I couldn't agree more with you. I really don't give a rats ass about this twitter crap, I check a few people's blogs from time to time but I don't need to know they have made a new post a second after they do it.

Spirit-of said...

Actually, "Goose", I've read everything you've posted on the subject and I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just wanted to make a funny and it was made even funnier when I read the response. That's been one of my my biggest beefs with the internet and probably always will. Inflection, body language, and sarcasm have no place to live on the information super highway.

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