One billion tweets on Twitter

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  • #295380

    staboo
    Member

    Mashable: “If anyone ever needed a clear sign that Twitter has gone mainstream – however you define it – this milestone is it.”
    http://mashable.com/2008/11/12/twitter-one-billion-tweets-wow/

    And still no Twitter WordPress widget.

    PS: I’m posting this here ’cause someone closed the appropriate thread I would have otherwise posted this to (https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/twitter-and-other-web-20-widgest?replies=29). Is there a gag order on forum posts about Twitter widgets for WordPress?

    – Cassandra

    #295574

    A billion times zero is still zero. Who really needs it?

    #295578

    raincoaster
    Member

    Slightly less than half of them are mine. Ian, why are you so anti-epigram? I shudder to think of your opinion of sestinas!

    @staboo, there’s no gag order, but there’s no point in posting it to the forum. Staff already knows what people want.

    #295622

    Anti-epigram? I just don’t like mobile devices. I find them distracting, both to carry and to be in the presense of those who carry them.

    #295628

    rosclarke
    Member

    I’m with lettershometoyou. I have never yet seen a single item of even remote interest on a twitter feed.

    #295631

    vivianpaige
    Member

    Ah, that’s because you haven’t followed rain’s (or my) feed :)

    #295691

    I think it’s because you actually have to be the one twittering in order to find it interesting. I look at these lists and lists of disconnected chatter and my eyes glaze over.

    Worse still is when you see a Twitter exchanged copied into a blog post!

    #295693

    mark
    Staff

    Like rain says, there is no ‘gag order’. Anyone can ask for anything.

    But please be aware that all twitter users are not wordpress.com users and all wordpress.com users are not twitter users. We get many requests for many things and twitter has equal status there.

    #295694

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    I must be dense, but what does the “official” twitter widget give that posting the RSS feed in an RSS feed does not? What’s the advantage?

    #295695

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    retweet! “…what does the “official” twitter widget give that posting the RSS feed in an RSS feed WIDGET does not?”

    #295699

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ha!

    It gives you the Twitter background and your avatar. That’s pretty much it.

    Ian, I don’t use Twitter from my phone; it got way too annoying going off all the time. Sounded like a disco on crack. I use Twitter from the web.

    And there ARE some items of interest on Twitter feeds. Twitter isn’t useless. Check out this post, which combines the hated shibboleths of Facebook, Twitter AND YouTube:

    Fearless City Mobile at the Heart of the City and mobile online!

    As well, last night after the second glass of wine I said something on Twitter about Fearless City being able to livestream WordCamp Whistler in January and the next thing I know it was a done deal (provided we can get someone to sponsor our hotel room). Giving a Downtown Eastside (ie inner city) nonprofit worldwide exposure and a chance to attend WordCamp and PhotoCamp when we wouldn’t otherwise be able to is not an insignificant benefit to using these new social media forms.

    #295700

    raincoaster
    Member

    Actually, you should read Vivian’s stream when she’s watching football. If soap operas came with subtitles explaining how the characters were feeling at any give time, those subtitles would be something like Vivian’s Twitter stream.

    “AUUUUGGHHH! I can’t BELIEVE IT!”
    “Fabulous! How could life get any sweeter!”
    “OH NOES!”

    etc, etc. It’s like performance art.

    Speaking of which, there are several art projects on Twitter and a recurring haiku meme which is more intellectually challenging than, say, Five Things on blogs.

    #295702

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Not to mention novels being written 140 characters at a time…

    #295703

    raincoaster
    Member

    That’s true. And at Wordcamp Whistler people will be able to post questions on Twitter and SMS them in and the panels can answer them, rather than having people line up at microphones in the aisles or something.

    #295704

    raincoaster
    Member

    I should start an Exquisite Corpse (popcorn story) on Twitter. That would work really, really well.

    #295706

    raincoaster
    Member

    Digital Shrine at Parade of Lost Souls used Twitter as part of an art project: a digital shrine to things and people who’ve gone:
    http://raincoaster.com/2008/10/22/digital-shrine-at-parade-of-lost-souls-participate/
    http://fearlesscity.ca/blogs/raincoaster/parade-lost-souls-and-digital-shrine-liveblogging

    #295712

    @rain,

    I guess I don’t know what I’m missing… :-)

    #295720

    raincoaster
    Member

    At least we’re not doing the awful “but you HAVE to use it, all the cool kids are using it” routine.

    #295722

    rosclarke
    Member

    Betcha the CP kids are using it…

    #295743

    staboo
    Member

    How can you compare the sluggishness of an RSS feed to the immediacy of a Twitter badge? If you think they’re the same, you’re missing the whole point. Then again, that’s the same thinking behind the fact that WP only has a lame handful of widgets, so I’m not surprised.

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