Prince Philip died today. So did some Rapper DMX dude. The day Michael Jackson died, Farrah Fawcett also died. Depending on your interest, one or the other meant more to you. In general, though, I would say Prince Philip was more famous than Rapper DMX, and Michael Jackson famous more than Farrah Fawcett, at least at the time he died. I wonder if they had a chance to reflect on it, would either DMX or Farrah would have complained, “C’mon man! Couldn’t you have waited one more day to die?”. To die in the spotlight rather in someone’s death shadow. Such a curse for fame. But does it exist?
So enjoy 2016 while you can, I say! Seriously! Not being facetious or anything!
This very “Canadian” song crossed my thoughts today so I thought I’d share it, in its very “Canadian” video. It’s primarily for the majority of visitors to my site, who happen to be from places other than Canada. However, it’s also for my Canadian visitors who may well love it just as much as I do, or who may be hearing it for the first time.
It’s about as “Canadian”, as indefinable as that maybe, as any song ever has been for me. But you can “feel” it’s “Canadian” as you listen to it. It would also certainly rank among the most “Canadian things” for me.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you’ll come back for more good stuff in the future. And definitely come to visit Canada if you’ve never experienced this great country! Enjoy!
The Log Driver’s Waltz is a Canadian folk song written by Wade Hemsworth. The version you hear in the animated National Film Board (NFB) Canadian Vignette video above is the most well known version, performed by the McGarrigle Sisters, (the late) Kate and Anna, and the Mountain City Four.
But it had to.
There’s no fun in predicting the demise of something after it started going downhill. That’s observation, not insight.
After a summer of hype when Oprah gave the twit a push, when activism twitting became the rage like what was happening in Iran, and when Michael Jacko’s death gave some unexpected bonus buzz, mustering #13 on the rankings isn’t what I’d call signs I’m wrong. You have to understand web traffic at that level is exponential, meaning each step is probably 10 times harder than the last one. Even MySpace, which has been dwindling fast in the Facebook of other social media sites growth, is at #11 ahead of Twitter. Meanwhile, Facebook has steadily been moving from #5 to #2. If anything, I’m feeling better about my prediction than April. It’s taken Twitter a while to creep up the last few steps and I’m thinking it might peak next spring before plateauing and declining by the end of 2010 to a point where it will become just another popular site on the decline, like Flickr at #32, but not hot stuff like Twitter is today.
One sign of what might be the tiny start to Twitter’s decline was the recent story about Miley Cyrus quitting Twitter. We’ve generally only had stars sign on to Twitter to date, or stars getting in trouble because of it, as well as lots of regular people. I haven’t heard any real big stories of very well known people quitting, though I’m sure there have been such stories. But here’s a big teen influence leaving Twitter behind, supposedly for reasons of wanting more privacy as in the rap she posted on YouTube below.
I don’t much like the rap, though I’d have to say the one-liner reason was pretty quotable.
“I stopped living for moments and started living for people.”
– Miley Cyrus on why she deleted her Twitter account
Personally, I don’t really care why Miley went off Twitter. I just know she’s going to influence a lot of young girls to go off Twitter, too. And once the girls are gone, what would the boys do?
Other stars will only “independently” come to the same conclusion soon enough, I think. Maybe Miley won’t have enough persuasive power to get a bunch of other stars off Twitter, but someone will eventually, or more likely, it’ll hit a critical mass and plummet. It’s like having your friends go off Twitter. How many will go off before you, or the rest of your circle of friends, will decide not to bother with it any more? It’s the opposite question to that philosophical question of how many person does it take to make a society? How many people will it take to dissolve a society?
With the exodus I’m predicting, by the end of 2010, Twitter is going to be street slang for quitter.
One thing I never got about stars and Twitter. If you’re worried about the paparazzi following you around, why give them more reason to? It’s not like you’re sharing enough of your life that you give away everything they might have been able to get by following you around literally rather than virtually. You’re constantly giving them their next assignment! And if you’re not followed around by the paparazzi cause you’re only a rising, but not yet bonafide star, a glance at your followers compared to someone else’s would be all I need to decide whether you’d be worth harassing based on your “demand” value gauged by Twitter followers.
So well done, Miley! Congratulations on the big step! Woo-who’s next?
Well, I suppose I could be. I had an account for my social media studies purposes. Plus, I had the Digitalcitizen name, and I’m not giving it up cause I know someone who wants it. I’m just going to vow to only sign in when I actually want to learn something about Twitter that I will need to be signed in to do. How about that for “quitting”?
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.1
If your ADHD from Twitter has progressed beyond reading paragraphs, here are the ten tips to better personal tweeting in point form, without elaboration so you’ll have to figure it out:
- Tweet in the third person
- Be positive
- Practice humour
- Two tweet jokes
- Don’t advertise
- Ask questions
- Gigantic concepts and miniscule details
- Nothing like feelings
- Use interesting words
I’ve been looking into a lot of tweets for a few months now and, to be frank, there wasn’t all that much to keep my interest. People and their lives just aren’t that interesting from what comes across. Even the people you think would be interesting aren’t that interesting. Or is it because they don’t know how to convey it? And if they’re like that, think of what the more “normal” people tweet. Yeah, you know the ones I’m talking about. Many of your friends, my friends, me, and very possibly you.
But if you need to tweet, at least put some effort into all that phoniness associated with Twittering, would you? Use it to improve your writing skills, story telling skills, sense of humour. Use it as motivation to actually do something interesting with your life so you could tweet it without having to try any of those other things. Use it to spread good energy. There’s a lot of potential in tweeting for real life skills improvements and value, if only people would embrace the thought rather than drown in all this shallowness associated with tweeting. You don’t have to “fake” your tweets in doing all this. Just show a little flair people maybe don’t see much of from you, or at least not on the text side.
To help these boring tweeters you know improve their tweets, I have created ten tips for better tweeting. These aren’t meant to be the greatest or best tips or anything, in no particular order. They are just ten I came up with which I know helps. However, let’s start with a tip zero, which is getting over denial. You can’t solve a problem till you admit you have it. That’s why you’re going to send this to somebody, post it to their Facebook wall or something, right? I’m posting it to my own!
TWEET IN THE THIRD PERSON. There is so much “me” culture in Twitter it’s sickening. Talk about yourself in the third person the way someone would read that tweet. Ban the “I” word. Starting with a verb is also a good thing because it’s action-oriented.
Tweeterbird is singing the sweetest song heard.
I’m singing the sweetest song heard just sounds a lot vainer.
BE POSITIVE! You’d be surprised how human negativity spread among people by any means, and how it builds up through self-affirmation like a tweet. If you need to self-affirm, do it in a way that doesn’t spread to everyone else! Also, telling the same message without the negativity is not only a challenge, it’s a nice way to look at the same problem through a better lens.
Tricycle got a flat tire today but still had three left (optional: If two out of three ain’t bad, then three out of four can’t be, either).
I don’t know about you, but I get a very different reaction seeing that rather than something like Can’t believe I got f#&$ing flat tire today!
PRACTICE HUMOUR. Humour can be the easiest way out of being negative, but it can also be the hardest thing to try to find something funny out of a bad incident. Just try writing something funny. It doesn’t have to be what you’re doing, just maybe what’s on your mind, or what came into your mind as you tried to think of something funny. You could develop your written sense of humour this way. You can think up things until you’re ready to tweet it. People might know that, but so what? You’re putting an effort into it… which is more than they can say of their tweets. Whether the attempt elicits a groan, smile or laugh, people will at least have a reaction, which is more than they can say of most tweets.
Punster‘s body is like Iraq after a 23 mile run… full of free radicals causing lots of pain and suffering.
If someone doesn’t get it, it might intrigue them enough to ask you about it rather than reading about your body hurting after such a long marathon training run if you plainly tweeted it that way.
TWO TWEET JOKES. Good jokes are often set’em up, knock’em down affairs. Not these long drawn out stories. So find some and share them. Ask something in the morning. Let your followers think, or just plant the thought in the back of their heads so when they get the punchline later in the day, they’ll remember and get it, have a good laugh and release. Tension and release is something quite often referred to in music, but this is the same idea. Your followers can try to finish your jokes , and they might (which means you’ve engaged them), but you ultimately hold the answer for all your other followers who will be waiting for it.
NovaScotian How many Newfies does it take to have an orgy?
NovaScotian Just one, though more than two hands would make it a better orgy.
Don’t ask. I just made it up on the spot. If you also find you don’t have enough jokes, well, take it as a sign to get some more for the next party you attend.
DON’T ADVERTISE. If you’re trying to sell something, chances are your friends already know about it. I don’t care whether that’s Avon or chocolate or otherwise, aside from the occasional special event, I’d tolerate one tweet about it. Any more and I’m buzzing you out for good! You didn’t get into Twitter for commercials, do you think they did?
ASK QUESTIONS. If you learn something new, share it by asking a question? You can ask with the answer in the question, or create suspense by asking the question and answering later. The latter is good for when the question is too long.
Socialstudies Did you know ears makes noises of its own, albeit at a level only detectable by supersensitive microphones?
Socialstudies Do you know what the NSFM policy for Internet posting is?
Socialstudies Not Safe For Mom. Don’t post anything not safe if Mom ever saw it.
If you’re ever short on ideas, may I introduce you to the Social Studies column in the Canadian national newspaper, the Globe & Mail. It is written by Michael Kesterton and is exactly what it says it is, a daily miscellany of information. It is my favourite week daily reading by far and has been for many years! The username is fictitious. Questions about details in your life could also be fun, although it might sound vain after a while. Still, imagine if you did one of those 25 Things about You Facebook memes one tweet at a time!
GIGANTIC CONCEPTS & miniscule details. Can you think big? Can you think philosophically? Give your followers something to ponder for a while? Or give them a chance to be smart and tweet back an answer. But maybe you’re one of those types who has an eye, ear or other awarenessfor detail. Can you describe it?
Burncock If a tweet goes unread, does anybody hear?
RockingRobin is listening to old skool tweeting of nightingales. Tweet! Tweet!
The first is actually a very practical rather than useless philosophical question. The username is not meant to be offensive, but is a play on the spelling of Bruce Cockburn‘s (pronounced KO-burn) last name. He is the writer of the referenced phrase, If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear? from the song If a Tree Falls, in 1989. I’ve been fortunate to have met Bruce in the summer of 2008 and he’s a very nice and candid guy. The second is a nice thought to me rummaging through hundreds of techno-tweets.
Nothing like feelings. Add some feelings to whatever it is you tweet to humanize the tweets. Like being positive, feelings are contagious so keep it to the good ones. Feelings can also liven what is otherwise a mundane tweet.
Gogetter is peeing with a passionne.
I would have enjoyed that tweet over one that said is peeing. Would you?
USE INTERESTING WORDS. Why think big concepts and notice little details when you can conceptualize gigantic concepts and be aware of miniscule minutaie to expand yours and your followers’ lexicon?
Wordwatcher believes in kaizen, gestalt and arete rather than religion.
Kaizen (the art of constant self-improvement), gestalt (a total greater than the sum of its parts) and arete (excellence in the fulfillment of purpose of function) are three of my favourite words, as well as my spirituality.
WTF TWEET. If you’re not familiar with the acronym WTF, it stands for What the f*ck and is used when you’re wanting to express that reaction and question in Internet or chat jargon. Every once in a while, throw one in out of the blue. See if anybody asks.
Machoman is putting on a tutu & prancing about… “I could have danced, all night, I could have danced, all night, and still, have begged, for more!”
I just used this one the other day. The reference was to little 10 year old Hollie Steel, by whom I was amazed and had blogged about recently.
Got any interesting tweeting twips two share?
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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.7