My first post on my neologism TWIT — The Wayward Internet Technologists — took as its title one of the Bard’s most quoted phrases:
It remains an open question whether my creation of this neologism explains how twitter.com got its name, but that is work for another day.
I recently wrote a post on what I deemed the best twit I had yet seen, and wrote a terse reply, in the form of a URL. I obtained the URL via bit.ly, so the URL was the message, “bit.ly/great-twit/”
Sad to say, one cannot use “!” as part of a URL. If “!” could be used in a URL, then just one character would have sufficed:
I would have thus tweeted the shortest possible tweet that could have any meaning. See On Steve O’Grady’s post: “Where to Innovate? Let Others Make the Call”.
I understand that Twitter has become quite the rage lately. See for example the recent twitting of @latone.
I wish to encourage everyone to become an active twitter. In particular, I encourage everyone to try to tweet more than @jgovernor, who has turned twitteritis into a near fatal malady.
Rest assured that I will not compete in this area, for I am waiting for the blogosphere to empty as bloggers flee to tweet. Then I will have it all to myself.
In order to encourage more twitting, and not just the volume of twitting, but the art of it. I will periodically offer TWIT “Victor Hugo” awards in the following areas:
- Best tweet;
- Worst tweet;
- Funniest tweet;
- Shortest tweet;
- Best tweet of 140 characters;
On writing this I realize that I have been working in the last area recently. As I see the count of remaining characters near zero, I rewrite the tweet to use all 140 available characters, giving myself a gold star if I can do this without having to use backspace or delete once fewer than twenty characters remain.
We all know that tweeting is fun. Now it can be rewarding