Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm all of a Twitter

I've been on Twitter for a while now and it has been entertaining, hilarious, as well as heartbreaking, and sometimes just downright odd.

Here are some of my observations:

  • Wil Wheaton really is just this guy, you know? And proof that nerds can be popular!
  • Brent Spiner pretty much wrote a very entertaining short story/elaborate April Fool's joke 160 characters at a time throughout April,
  • George Takei doesn't say much,
  • William Shatner doesn't say much either, but does some self promotion,
  • I unfollowed LeVar Burton because he was just too religious and not very interesting,
  • Anybody else seeing a pattern here?
  • The Bloggess is just as hilarious on Twitter as she is on her blog, if that is possible (I'm kind of surprised she hasn't been arrested, because that much hilarity isn't generally allowed in Texas),
  • The Bad Astronomer is actually quite good.
  • Stephen Fry went to film on location in Malasia and tweeted and twitpic-ed it all.
  • Al Yankovic? Yep, still weird.
  • I don't know how PZ Myers finds time to tweet anything what with all the blog posts he does. He must not sleep.
  • The Onion and NPR tweets can be virtually indistinguishable sometimes,
  • I even follow a fish. Erica's fish.
I have also found several bloggy friends there. Andrew was the first person to ever comment on my blog, and we've commented back and forth periodically on our blogs, as well as on Atheist Nexus. He and Stephen got into Twitter swine flu pun wars the other day (really, really bad puns - Gammontee, Andrew? Please!). Luckily nobody else was around to hear me giggling.

Anybody who's read my blog for any length of time knows Mr Farty. I won a competition on his blog over a year ago and he sent me a VERY nice set of coasters imprinted with Scottish words such as eejit, crabbit, and numpty, and their definitions. I put them in our curio cabinet, which Mr Farty thinks is just plain odd. He obviously doesn't have a house full of teenagers where things get moved and disappear never to be seen again. Currently he's changed his picture (avatar? icon? I don't know either, Lesley) from a flaming fart to Robbie the Robot. Now he's being stalked by all the zombie robots on Twitter. At the time I was typing this, both he and Andrew were commenting on the same TV show. Something about #eurovision?

Lesley from Um..What?? was my first Twitter follower. My big fluffy, and fairly young cat, Isis, (the one whose photo I used to use for this blog) died suddenly of diabetes (which caused a cascade effect of liver and kidney failure) last month, and Lesley was one of the first people I told. She sent me a tweet because she was concerned, and as she was the caretaker of a diabetic cat, and she is just a really, really nice person, I knew she would understand. My grandfather died the next day. It was a very bad week. I, unfortunately, understood completely when her Moses the Cat suddenly became ill and died less than a month later. Sorry, I wasn't planning on turning so maudlin...

There are numerous other interesting people I follow, for instance Lesley's best friend Mo (The Daily Snark), Debra (iamdebra), Steph (quirkyblogger), although I'm not so sure about Clay (mayopie). Oh, all right. He's interesting, too. Liza (wickedlibrarian) just got a cute haircut I might have to copy once the temperature here reaches over 100 degrees. Oh, wait. It's 98 right now. I might need a haircut sooner than I thought.

Oh, and I don't like to brag, BUT Barack Obama is following ME!

So remember:
You're no one if you're not on Twitter
And if you aren't there, you've already missed it.
If you haven't been bookmarked, re-tweeted and blogged,
You might as well not have existed.


Lesley said...

Ooooh. I always feel like I've won a big prize when I make it onto the pages of your blog. I need like a "I Was On Laurie's Blog And You Totally Weren't SUCKAH!" bragging rights t-shirt!

Thank you for the kind words...I really DID understand...while at the same time having no idea I was about to follow you down a similar path. Except not nearly as bad, because fate didn't throw me that nasty second punch. :-(

I love this post...and not just because I'm in it either, thankyouverymuch. I've been wanting to do a Twitter themed post, but I haven't been able to figure out how yet.

And we are so there: I follow Erica's fish too!

artificialhabitat said...

Hey, our swine flu puns were gold, pure gold.

It took me ages to come up with a way to use 'gammon'.

'eurovision' now shows as my number one word on tweetstats, it'll probably take a while for it to be overtaken by profanity.

Hmmm. You've reminded me that I have a blog. One day, I shall return to it. Maybe when I finish this writing up....

Steph said...

I'm really, really sorry about Isis and your grandpa. (Where the hell was I when this was going down? I need to be a better Twitter friend, obviously.)

But your Twitter list? Yeah. I agree with this a kazillion percent.

Mr Farty said...

Oh! Oh! I got a mention. Yay! I'll have to stalk you even more closely now.

Laurie said...

Lesley - I know how much you loved Moses - I'm sure it was just as bad. It's the hardest thing in the world to make that decision (second hardest for me - deciding to have someone's eye removed, but I digress). At least my grandfather lived a good long life, and I got to see him a few months ago for his 100th birthday.

I may have Erica's fish on your "following" list.

Andrew - I have great confidence that you can bring some profanity or other to #1. Your trouble is you have such a variety!

"Pepperonly" and "I'll do that chipolata?" Hmmm.

Steph - Thank you so much. I really didn't tell many people. Lesley knew Isis was sick and asked...It all happened very suddenly.

Mr Farty - You are *such* a blog whore. I mean that in a *good* way ;-)

Lesley said...

100 years old is AMAZING. Truly. It was so great that you got to see him for that milestone.

And I pillage people (and, er, fish) from other people's lists all the time. It's the best way to find new and interesting people to follow. (And, er, fish.)

artificialhabitat said...

"Pepperonly" and "I'll do that chipolata?" Hmmm.
I am unapologetic