Ugh.

May. 1st, 2009 07:48 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (potc-sulliedandunusual)
If you describe yourself as an "adorable geek girl" in your Twitter profile (and go on to mention "costumes") chances are I won't be following you back.

Blocking time!

(Even though some of you are adorable geek girls who do costumes...you don't go around selling yourselves that way.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (chii-pissy-me)
I think I'm leaving Twitter till I can get it sorted in a way that's useful to me (preferably with some kind of client that can handle multiple accounts, or something like friends lists, or something along those lines). The problem is that right now I have a handful of followers who are ESL/EFL/education people, a handful of random local people, a handful of RL friends (including LJ people), and a few other handfuls. There aren't enough people in any one group to be especially interested in any particular thing that I write, or to give useful responses to any question that I might post. So I mostly talk to myself or get engaged in an @ conversation with a single person that really belongs on IM. Both of these seem like stupid uses of it and I don't want to keep doing that. But posting a single witty line per day is the kind of intellectually masturbatory use of it that, while easy on other people's bandwidth, has no appeal to me at all. (Also, I know I'm not witty enough. :P)

Anyway, if I can't find a solution that handles Twitter better, I don't think I'll be using it, as amusing as it can be sometimes. I don't know. I may change my mind tomorrow; it was kind of good for helping me feel less lonely some of the times when I'm working at home alone and C. is gone all day, but it's very hard to strike a balance between posting when I feel like it and not posting so much that I irritate people I'd like to keep around.

I still think it's funny that Howard Rheingold and Joi Ito and Guy Kawasaki had time to reply to me, but Wil Wheaton didn't. Go figure.

I need a snack. Agh! And to go to the post office. Where did the day go?
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
traderjoes twitter account: automated, just retweets anything with "Trader Joe's" in it. Probably not actually owned by Trader Joe's.

wholefoods twitter account: answers questions, runs contests, links to recipes. Definitely owned by Whole Foods.

Winner: Whole Foods by a mile. D'oh! Someone tell TJ's corporate (and pray they don't say "What's Twitter?" That's a perfectly normal thing for J. Random Webuser to say, but is a sign of fail for a major company at this point, I would think).
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (yamamoto-bowed-me)
I expect everyone's heard about the huge earthquake in China by now. It was pretty close to my favorite city in China, Chengdu, but I've heard Chengdu wasn't too badly affected. And I don't think I know anyone who's currently living in Sichuan province. I've heard just about everyone felt it, though--Shanghai to Beijing.

Anyway, given that you can get those details all over the place, the tech side of the story is interesting and gives some insight into how Twitter works:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080512.WBmingram20080512114153/WBStory/WBmingram
http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2008/05/12/twitter-and-the-chinese-earthquake/

This kind of thing is not just interesting, it's important--services like Twitter are still fairly unrestricted by governments like China's, so accurate information can get out quickly.

At least China's likely to allow aid in, unlike the @#$ *& subhumans running Burma/Myanmar's government.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
3 posts in a row on my f'list (names redacted) are Twitter exports. Is this the beginning of the end of LJ as we know it?

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