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?

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.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Twitter Twenty: #17 @mynameiscorey

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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I just met Mr. Corey Mann a couple months ago during the infamous Orlando dancing incident of 2010.  Thankfully his starring role in the proceedings took a little of the attention off my own spastic gyrations.  Corey's the type of guy that owns a room when he walks in and his tweets are no different.  He's charming and hilarious and yet isn't afraid to plumb for depth and meaning (Sheesh, is this a Twitter recommendation or a dating personal?)  My only complaint with his feed is that he is a Twitpic junkie, and I sometimes tire of clicking through to see the picture randomness, especially as voluminous a tweeter as he is.  Still, he nails a high enough percentage that the deluge of tweets don't seem tedious at all to wade through.

Twitter Profile: Mornings on Pulse FM/South Bend. Husband, Dad, Lover of Sillyness

Tweet of the Week: Trying to nap but there's this annoying sound coming from our living room. I think it's called HGTV

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Twitter Twenty: #18 @JOYFMKrisPKreme

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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I fought adding Kris P. Kreme to my follow list for a while (he produces the morning show of a sister station in Florida) because of his audacity to name himself after the donut holiest of donut holies.  It was as if some woman decided to make her stage name Chick Phil Hey, I just love it too much to allow that sort of nonsense and sacrilege. I finally got over my personal issues and am glad I did.  Though he does fall into the occasional Twitter trap of over posting and over tagging (I know, I know, it's what Twitter is for.),  KPK is consistently funny and sharply observant and am glad to keep him as part of the Twitter two-oh .

Twitter Profile: The JOY FM Producer (The Morning Cruise, Jayar) and On-Air Saturdays 1-4PM

Tweet of the Week:  I've been looking for a Jim Gaffigan stencil to carve into my pumpkin ... nothing yet ... any ideas?!

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.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Twitter Twenty: #20 @joelmchale

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.

Joel McHale#20 @joelmchale

I've been part of Mchale's army since he took the talk out of The Soup about 6 years ago.  By the way, do you ever wonder if Hal Sparks watches Wipeout and Community back to back and then rents As Good as it Gets, and just quietly sobs to himself? (sorry obscure Talk Soup host reference, back on track now).  What I've loved about Mchale is both The Soup and the always great Community is his earnestness amongst insanity.  I'd highly encourage a follow if for no other reason than his ongoing #CommunityCastTrivia run. Overall, he probably tweets a bit too much but it's usually funny and rarely wasted.

Tweet of the Week:  Notoriously superstitious, @ keeps the skull of President James K. Polk in her character Annie’s backback.