Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Twitter Twenty: #16 @scribblepotemus

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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For the longest time I thought Dan Haseltine's Twitter name was pronounced scribble-POTE- mus. I just figured Potemus was an ancient Greek philosopher or maybe the technical term for some sort of theoretical exegetical process.  Turns out its probably more likely pronounced Scribble-pot-a-mus and is just a clever reference to the portly land mammal that enjoys lounging in the lakes and rivers of Africa.  You can forgive me for the mistake as Dan (the lead singer of Jars of Clay) has a well deserved reputation as a deep thinker and less of a reputation as a zoologist (shouldn't that word have three o's in a row? Is it pronounced Zoo-logist or Zoo-ol-ogist?)   That sense of meaning is the main reason I need to stay tuned in to his Twitter feed.  His recent explorations of #sexyart and what makes something "Christian music" or if that distinction is at all helpful or necessary were both thought provoking and compelling even if they were 140 characters at a time.

Twitter Profile: everything that happens will happen today.

Tweet of the Week: Can we STOP applying the "secular" or "Christian" comparison to music? It is silly and should not exist.