Why Twitter Can be Dangerous...
I work for the Internet which, among other things, means that it's expected of me to be on the cutting edge of all things technological. So, to fulfill my role as a hip, tech-savvy arbiter of taste, I decided to sign up for the newest social networking piece-of-shit, Twitter, as a way of saying "Look at me, I'm slowly stumbling my way into technological relevancy about two months after your parents." Well, Twitter isn't all sunshine and fellatio (in fact, there's almost none at all), and can actually be quite dangerous... Twitter Has a Character Limit Before getting into why this is dangerous, I just want to say right off the bat that I don't even understand why they'd want a word limit. What, Twitter is supposed to be about connecting people but not too much? We should use Twitter to break news stories, but not if the information extends beyond a certain number of words? What if this trend continued and the next hot new version of Twitter had even less words? Would all of the breaking news stories read "Politician dead- plne crash, possible fire located in usa" ? It seems like they just arbitrarily cut it off at a certain point for the sole purpose of saying "See? We're totally different from email and instant messaging. We're
Now, I thought that was fairly clear and I figured I would just carry on my merry way. I'd keep Twitter updated with my thoughts on the movie as they came to me, live logging, essentially, my experience while viewing The Strangers. Now, I didn't consider it at the time, but without realizing that I was watching The Strangers, the readers may misunderstand some of my remarks because, when taken out of context, perhaps they're a bit strange, especially if you think I'm talking about strangers in general, and not the movie.
(In retrospect, that one's creepy just on its own merits.) Long story short, founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, wrote me a harshly-worded email about how he "won't allow his brilliant site, the future of journalism, the next stage in social networking, to be a vessel for the fetishisation of murder." He went on and on about his sharp legal team and liberally threw around the word "sociopath" a few times and told me that, if it happened again, there would be real consequences. When he asked if he'd made himself totally clear, I told him that I wouldn't be able to understand him unless he restructured his email to 140 characters. Then I spent the night in jail. Everyone Can See It Who the fuck can tell the difference between instant messages, emails and text messages anymore?? (Also, the newest posts are on top, so you have to start from the bottom and work up, which is also kinda stupid.)
Meanwhile, follow the shit out of me on Twitter.