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Apr 14 2009

Tweet This, Motherfuckers

Rumors and nefarious shenanigans notwithstanding, Comrade PhysioProf is not twittering, will never twitter, and thinks all this twitter mania is totally fucking ridic. Why not join Sheril, James, and Comrade PhysioProf in the Coalition of the Sane? Or would you rather end up like this poor motherfucker?

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  1. 1
    The Barefoot Bum

    Cute video. I’ve never seen the point of twitter. A couple of blogs I follow (used to follow) have degenerated into nothing but twitter logs.

  2. 2
    Odyssey

    According to recent poll, 94% of those polled think people who use Twitter are twits. A twit is defined as a silly or foolish person. Or, to put it in CPP-speak, a twit is a motherfucking silly fucking fool.

    I have no desire to be a twit, so I too shall never, ever use Twitter.

  3. 3
    DamnGoodTechnician

    Hells yeah!

  4. 4
    Professor in Training

    I’ll join your coalition. Some of my friends have tried to convince me to join them on the darkside and start twittering my every move because they think it’s important for everyone to know when they’re washing the dishes or stuck in traffic. Grrrr.

  5. 5
    LostMarbles

    I’m in. I didn’t see the point a few years ago when a friend introduced me to it and I don’t see the point now that it’s become an epidemic.

  6. 6
    Physiobabe

    Count me in!

  7. 7
    TomJoe

    I think the Sprint (I believe) commercial is right on the mark with Twitter. If you notice all the little blue birds twittering, all they’re saying is “Me!”.

    Heh.

    That says it all if you ask me.

  8. 8
    Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

    Never ever!

  9. 9
    unrelatedwaffle

    THANK you. Agreed.

  10. 10
    yolio

    hell ya!!!

    It is a matter of dignity people.

  11. 11
    Complain-o-peeps

    But then it wouldn’t be all about ME, CPP! Oh, all right. I’ll join your Coalition. Huh, turns out my narcissism does know some bounds.

  12. 12
    Isis the Scientist

    You suck. See, less than 140 characters.

  13. 13
    DuWayne

    Wait a fucking minute, this shits been around for a couple fucking years???

    Yeah, I’m in. I really don’t see the fucking point. I mean it’s not like I’m a remotely private person, but fuck all, do people really need to know I just picked my nose?

  14. 14
    Catharine Zivkovic

    Some stupid people use Twitter stupidly. Some blogs are stupid (excluding present company, of course). Big Fucking Deal. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. (Personally, I don’t have any use for it.) But if it makes some people happy, then so be it. Does it hurt anybody? At least it’s quiet. I would much sooner join a crusade to ban cell phone chatter and televisions from public places.

    Time will tell whether Twitter has any real, meaningful value or not but the horse is out of the barn now, so why waste time trying to catch it?

  15. 15
    Comrade PhysioProf

    Time will tell whether Twitter has any real, meaningful value or not but the horse is out of the barn now, so why waste time trying to catch it?

    I’m not trying to catch it; I’m giving it a kick in the ass as it runs by me.

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    SKM

    Hear hear–sign me up for the Coalition of the AntiTwits.

  17. 17
    leigh

    twitter: wtf? i have never understood the purpose.

  18. 18
    Isis the Scientist

    Ping motherfuckers.

  19. 19
    Toaster

    Twitter doesn’t make me sound stupid. I do that just fine on my own!

  20. 20
    Connecticut Man1

    If you are using twitter to follow what people are doing all day then you are wasting your time. But I do use it on days that I want to know what is happening politically. If you follow the right twits you get a mini news feed that will tell you all the important stuff as it happens.

    It can be a useful tool:

    “Per the New York Times, more than 10,000 young people protested Moldova’s Communist government Tuesday, clashing with the police and ransacking government buildings. They used Twitter and other social media to plan the protest, the Times reported.

    Protestors created the hashtag #pman to rally Moldovans and to allow others around the world to keep track of the event, according to the Times. The tag has quickly trended to more than 2,100 tweets in two days.”

  21. 21
    Physiogroupie IV

    lolz. neuroscientists.

  22. 22
    Suzan

    Bravo, CP. Agreed in toto.

    I still can’t figure out why reducing the meaningful content of human communication is deemed worthwhile and something to be sought after (and bragged about): wasting one’s precious time in producing twit thoughts.

    But maybe they have no precious time.

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    LostMarbles

    Bora,

    Sure we can compare it to blogs, but we can also compare it to the horror known as myspace.

  25. 25
    Bora Zivkovic

    MySpace has millions of users. It is useful to them, or they would not use it. Likewise with Twitter. It may not be for everyone, but one should be open-minded, study it, perhaps give it a little trial-run, before deciding (and before publicly denouncing it).

  26. 26
    BikeMonkey

    remember when AOL was going to be all that, the total schevitz and all there will need to ever be, Bora? oh, oh, and remember apple’s hypercard stacks?

    not every next-new-thing works out….twit.

  27. 27
    BikeMonkey

    one should be open-minded, study it, perhaps give it a little trial-run, before deciding (and before publicly denouncing it).

    dude chill. it isn’t like PP is some cultural thought leader. not like being the mother fucking BlogFather or something…oh wait. that’s you isn’t it? HAHHAHAAHHAHHA!!!!!

  28. 28
    LostMarbles

    Bora,

    I’ve tried both and they both give me the same feeling of wanting to open my skull and pour in bleach.

    Last night, I went and read Dr. Isis’ twitter page. There seem to be some people who I consider quite intelligent and articulate posting there. However, upon reading the thing I realized that they all sounded like a bunch of giggling school-children. I’ve found, after looking through the site, that the majority of users are no better and doing exactly what is shown in the video CPP posted. Sure, there are some people putting it to good use, but I don’t see myself doing anything they are and the idea of turning into a twit makes me want to puke. Therefore I’m staying off until I get proof that there is some use for it that isn’t mind-destroying.

    All the above applies to myspace with the addition that it’s been years and I have yet to see it produce anything except underage girls posing nude.

  29. 29
    Hap

    Meh. I can see the point, but it seems like a waste of to me. Best case, it becomes useful. Worst case, it becomes MySpace and I can ignore it.

  30. 30
    DaisyDeadhead

    Rolling in the aisles!!!! :D

    I recently met with a sales rep who twittered every damn thing I said: wait, that’s funny, lemme tweet that…. It wasn’t that funny, he was just boring.

    Now, imagine millions of boring people all typing about their boring too-hot showers at the same time…(((screams)))

  31. 31
    Dr A

    Twitter is ridonkulous. And narcissistic, as are those who continuously update their facebook status thinking we care about their every move. I have successfully avoided myspace and facebook and will do the same with twitter.

  32. 32
    fromlaurelstreet

    i was a member of the anti-twit club before there was a club.

    http://fromlaurelstreet.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/twitter-iz-teh-stoopid/

    how stupid are twitters? there are actually people who pay other people to twit for them.

  33. 33
    Daniel MacArthur

    If you follow celebrities who waste Twitter by commenting on their life’s minutiae, you’re a moron. But there are plenty of people who use it as a high signal-to-noise channel for sharing information. I’ve certainly found it incredibly useful for sharing genomics-related info that I don’t have time to blog about; and by choosing who to follow very carefully I don’t waste my time listening to nose-pickers.

    It’s pretty simple: look at a person’s last 10 tweets. If 6 to 8 of them provided useful (or at least marginally interesting) information, they’ve got a better signal-to-noise ratio than the vast majority of bloggers. Given how short each tweet is it takes very little time to sort the wheat from the chaff. Hey presto, you’ve now got yourself another useful information channel.

    Bora’s analogy to blogs is spot on. There are squillions of bloggers out there who waste the internet posting photos of cats – that doesn’t mean the blogosphere is a waste of time. You just have to ruthlessly filter who you read.

    And to those preparing to sniffily reply that you already have enough information channels in your life: fuck you.

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