Karl Rove is Following Me on Twitter

By Sean Carroll | February 23, 2009 2:40 pm

Yeah, I got a Twitter account. Part of my continuing plan to take over all forms of modern social media. And besides, if I am struck by a deep thought while sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight, don’t you deserve to know about it right away? Of course you do.

And emails like this make it all worthwhile:

Hi, Sean Carroll (seanmcarroll).

Karl Rove (KarlRove) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out Karl Rove’s profile here:


Now if I could get Shaq to follow me, I’d hit the big time.

(Note that Rove has 13,373 followers, and is himself following 13,369 feeds. Clearly there are four Twitterers out there who really pissed him off.)

p.s. I am a lagging indicator, so if you’re not already using Twitter, you are hopelessly backwards.

  • http://whenindoubtdo.blogspot.com/ Eugene

    yes yes, but the question is : are you following Karl Rove on twitter?

  • http://togroklife.com greg

    You are getting filed in my ‘celebrity’ category on tweetdeck along with Felicia Day, Penn Gillette, Charles R Darwin, Neil Gaiman, Brent Spiner, Cory Doctorow, John Cleese, Bruce Sterling and Stephen Fry. I will inform them that they should all feel special to share such company as yours :)

  • Jumblepudding

    Perhaps he senses the dark side is strong within you. You should be flattered.

  • http://backreaction.blogspot.com/ Bee

    Hey, I too have a Twitter account!

    And the great thing is, I can update it from my BlackBerry, it’s synched with my Facebook status, and imported into my FriendFeed.

  • http://freiddy.blogspot.com Freiddie

    “. . . you are hopelessly backwards.” Worth a giggle. :) I’m glad I had a Twitter account before I read that line.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/sean/ Sean

    When you search for “physics” on Twitter, it comes back with “Did you mean physics geek ?”

    That makes me sad.

  • loonunit

    That’s awesome and all, but it would be even more awesome if you blocked ‘Karl Rove’.

  • tyler

    Sorry Sean – Twitter is the 3rd most pointless part of the internet. It was relevant for 5 minutes early last year. And plz to note I am hopelessly ahead and not behind – insulting people who don’t adopt [Twitter|Facebook|Second Life] as being neo-Luddite is a farcical strategy, even when done in your disingenuously self-deprecating manner. I was tired of Twitter before you ever heard of it.

    We’ve moved on. Twitter == FAIL. In fact the “FAIL” meme is even aging better than Twitter, and FAIL is pretty freaking over.

    Sorry for the snarky tone, but as a longtime resident of the web’s bleeding edge I’m pretty thoroughly sick of being told what lame app I should be using.

  • Sili

    you are hopelessly backwards

    Does this mean my dinner invitation is revoked?

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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .


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