Monday, October 25, 2010

The Twitter Twenty: #19 @jeffscotttweets

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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One of the beautiful things about Twitter is that celebrities and regular Joes exist in the same space.  This list will be no different.   You don't know Jeff Scott, you've never heard of Jeff Scott, and you've never met Jeff Scott.  But if you follow him, you will be amused, and find his tweets sufficiently satisfying.  Truth is, I barely know the guy myself (went to college with his brother), but I enjoy spying on him anonymously and his observations of sports and family.  If I eliminate guys like Jeff from my feed, I might as well just quit Twitter altogether.

Twitter Profile: I try to remember how often I regret saying something, and how rarely I regret staying silent. Twitter not helping.

Tweet of the Week:  Cleaning the house. By which I mean I've tied Swiffer sheets to Baby's arms & legs & I'm letting her crawl around at will. Same thing.