Posts tagged with " brevity"

Twitter Survey: Science, not cash!

Monday, 10/08/2009 ≅11:58 ©brainycat

Someone, supposedly working on a master's thesis at Columbia University, is running a survey about your twitter use. Send your answers to:

  1. Do you use twitter?
  2. What do you use it to do?
  3. What types of twitter feeds do you choose to follow?
  4. Have you made new friends via twitter?
  5. What worries you about the service?
  6. Do you find that you communicate differently?
  7. Do you find that you communicate with different people via twitter than you do compared to other forms of communication (telephone, email, etc.)?
  8. Do you feel that twitter has had a positive influence on your ability to communicate?

My answers:

  1. Yes, I use twitter, unfortunately. Thank you for reminding me to go kick the ass of the motherfucker who got me hooked on it in the first place.
  2. I use twitter to not get a damn thing done. It's an insidious little app; it's not that it sucks chunks of time, but it makes it impossible to concentrate on anything else for more than a few minutes.
  3. I follow leftist, atheist, LGBT, local, industrial/goth, sex positive and not-produced-in-america world news. And some really cool people I've met via the preceeding.
  4. I have made new twitter friends (should that be "twiends"?). Is anyone you meet online really a friend in the same sense someone you spend time with in r/l? I've met people I respect and find interesting, to the extent that I've interacted with them. I don't know if any of them would ever help me hide a cadaver though.
  5. I'm worried that I'm losing my ability to write cogent thoughts with more than 140 consecutive characters. And that I'm losing a lot of productivity, because twitter is only slightly less addictive than videopoker that pays out in crack. Also, none of the porn spammers have taken me up on my offer to follow them if they send me a pic with "Owned by BrainyCat" written across a fully grown woman's breasts.
  6. I have reaffirmed my belief that brevity is, in fact, the mother of eloquence.
  7. I probably communicate with more people, and probably more often, but with less depth and substance than I do via email or IM. I haven't used the telephone to talk to non-work related people in forever, it's just not my style.
  8. The whole problem with twitter is that it makes it so easy to communicate, I can't get a godam thing done anymore!