The concept of people typing Dadaist humor on Twitter has existed since Twitter got its first big batch of smart-ass users in 2007, at that year's SxSW. Twitter was suddenly the place to get breaking news on inconsequential online-media events. Also, it was full of banter and inside jokes and drunken jabbering. It became fun, because a lot of bored funny people now had a way to narrowcast every oddball thought to people who might appreciate that kind of nonsense.
Only last year did anyone refer to this as a certain thing, Weird Twitter. My own Twitter feed has always been weird, because I follow a lot of [...]
"It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment it happened — but at some point, Twitter became a dark place." lol LOL
— Shani O. Hilton (@shani_o) January 30, 2013
One Matt K. Lewis is very angry with Twitter.
But first, I'm in love with his opening sentence. "Soren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention." I've heard of maybe two of these things, if you include "2008." WHY. WHAT? But in any event, here's the story of what happened to Matt K. [...]
Maybe what I am about to say will come as a surprise to some. But it's something I've known about myself for years.
I have a hard time networking with white guys. And I think they have a hard time networking with me, too.
I’m not saying I don’t have any white male friends—I do. But within my social network, the ratio of white men to any other group is disproportionately small.
I’m so bad at networking with white guys that even the most serendipitous circumstances are foiled. I once had an interview with a Boston-based founder of a certain “game layer on top of the world.” I [...]
Happy Internet Week! In case you don't know, Internet Week is "a festival celebrating NYC's thriving Internet industry & community," according to the website of Internet Week Dot Com.
If you wanted to, there's a talk tonight at the Internet Week, except it's not on the Internet, it's in real life, called "Will Tweet for Food: Writing Your Own Ticket in the Digital Age." There's tickets, and you can write them.
But even more notable are two new developments in this wonderful age. There's Sonar, which shows you people not in your networks who are around you and using Foursquare or Twitter. They call this "extreme networking." (They [...]