Friday, October 29, 2010

The Twitter Twenty: #15 @alyankovic

Twitter is like the McRib.  I'm never sure how long it will be around, but you best be sure I will be partaking while it is.

My guess is that Twitter popularity has about peaked and will decline fairly rapidly over the next few years, especially as celebrities get bored with it, or conversely continue to use it for primarily promotional purposes.  Facebook already does most things that Twitter does with more freedom and ease of use, so at some point I'm guessing Twitter will be so redundant that it will seem wasteful.  Maybe I'm wrong and Twitter will end up as more of a Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito type promotional food, but I just have a hard time seeing it as staying on the menu.

Personally, my main issue with Twitter is that it is a horrendous time suck.  To stay up to date with the celebs and friends that I "follow" takes a good chunk of my day.  And unless I stay on it every few hours, I find myself with literally hundreds of tweets taunting me with their brazen unreadness.

So in order to live a balanced life, and make peace with a wife and kids who might enjoy the occasional eye contact and such, I've decided to limit the Twitter feeds I follow closely down to twenty, and even though it is Twitter convention to promote people to follow on Fridays (the infamous #ff), I think I'll extend it and take the next 20 weekdays to countdown in order from awesome to most awesome the twenty at symbols that made the cut.

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Name me one other person that has completely dominated their category for over a quarter century.  Weird Al hasn't just owned the genre of parody music, he IS the genre of parody music.   He is Band-Aid and Kleenex and anyone else who gives it a shot is just an adhesive bandage or facial tissue.  If you ask me his secret is that he is both riotously funny and incredibly smart, both of which shine through in his tweets.  Plus he is one celebrity who I actually root to do self promotion.  Every new video, every bit of news, it's all a thrill.  Especially knowing that he is now working on the script to a new film to follow in the footsteps of the criminally underrated "UHF".   If I had but one wish it would be that Mr. Yankovic spend an album parodying artists I play everyday.  What about Jonny Diaz?  More Beautiful Poo has hit song written all over it.  Yes?  No?  Anyone?

Twitter Profile: You know... the Eat It guy.

Tweet of the Week: Working on my big Macarena parody. That’s still relevant, right?