In which I succumb to peer pressure and join Twitter

By Ed Yong | February 2, 2009 8:30 am

Against by better judgment, I’ve started using Twitter. It may be fun. Alternatively, it may be a massive event horizon that swallows my time. Probably both.

If anyone wants to follow me: http://twitter.com/edyong209

Some initial thoughts:

  • Twitter, unlike Facebook, MySpace et al, doesn’t use the word “friend” in the much looser internet sense of the word. That can only be a good thing.
  • Instead, of “friends”, Twitter allows you to amass “followers”. Don’t think I haven’t succumbed to noticed your feeble play to stroke my ego, Twitter.
  • It’s really, really moreish. Like crack. Not that I take crack. I don’t. Is this thing on? 
  • It’s a bit more conversational than Facebook, or even email.
  • “Tweeting” sounds really effete. Why couldn’t they have called it Roarer, or Shouter, or perhaps Belcher?
  • I’m greatly appreciating the chance to read the innermost thoughts of Neil Gaiman, Charlie Brooker, Stephen Fry and Warren Ellis. Especially Ellis – it’s like watching a deranged drunk genius from behind a one-way mirror.
  • If I continue to use Twitter consistently enough, I wonder if I will start limiting every single last one of my thoughts to just 140 char…

Update: If anyone saw this post in the first 9 minutes it was up for, you might have realised that I got the URL wrong. If you decided to follow the other Ed Yong, I’m sure he’s very happy about it…

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Comments (6)

  1. Sarah

    Hi,
    Having followed your fabulous blog for sometime now, I thought I would also follow you on twitter. Just peck me if you want me to go away. I’ve also been tweeting the verbally talented Mr Fry for sometime too ;¬)

  2. Dropping in to say that I enjoy your blog. I particularly liked your opinion on the rightful place of science. I hope Tweeter is enthralling without being consuming.

  3. Cheers both. All are welcome. To me, followers! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

  4. Jon D

    I’ve got a twitter account somewhere.. Like you said, I got tired of limiting my thoughts to 140 chars so stopped using it before all sorts of interesting people joined up. Will have to try remember my login details when I get home.
    I think the last person I added was Darth Vader :)

  5. Chris

    Sorry for the double-post; that was a premature send.
    I also wanted to link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8973 and http://www.tweetdeck.com/
    Those two apps have improved my twitter experience quite a bit. Especially tweetdeck.

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