Friday, 5 February 2010

In which Rob is about as in touch with Internet-speak as these Cavemen...



I'll be perfectly honest, I don't really know for sure what 'RT' means in front of a tweet. I've come to the logical conclusion that it means 're-tweet', but it wouldn't surprise me if I was wrong. I'm on shaky ground with Twitter. As I've said before I tried it last year and was on it for all of a week before leaving. It just wasn't for me. It is for others, and I can see it's purpose if you are a celeb or promoting a product, or helping to get news out of a disaster zone/tyrannic dictatorship/core of an event, but I maintain that for the most part Twitter is a vapid and boring medium standing in the way of a good conversation (Captain Patrick Claudius Jean-Luc Xavier Picard agrees). A glance at the live feed last night was proof, when one Tweeter (Tweeter? Twitterer? Twit? Definitely twit in her case) proudly claimed to have eaten an apple. It might have been more interesting if she had informed others of the colour or variety or how juicy it was/was not, but no, she just said she'd eaten an apple, as though somewhere a Doctor was also on Twitter and thinking 'well I'll stay away from her for another day'.
Of course, now I'm engaged in this writing Duel with Chris I do use it (even got an app for it on my iPod and everything) I have to use it. Well I don't have to, but it would be rather pointless to have it if it was just one person tweeting. I use it frequently, but like I said before, Twitter excels at promotion and news headline transference, and that's essentially what we're doing when we tweet about our novels. In it's capacity as an information service, like for our Duel, it's great. For people blabbering on about consuming fruit, it's an annoyance. So on balance, it's still not FTW for me...

By the way what does FTW mean anyway...?

1 comments:

Christopher said...

FTW is "For The Win" - http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/for_the_win :)

And yes, RT is ReTweet!