Adventures in Maybe-Twitting


I am now on Twitter.

I've just sent the 20 characters above as my first Twit, in fact. (As I explained a couple of posts ago, I do not accept "tweet" as either a noun or a verb when it comes to Twitter. Using the service is twitting or Twittering and the messages are Twits or perhaps themselves Twitterings. You are welcome to virtually slap me upside the head if you notice me lapse into the vernacular.)

My Twitter handle is @brianlamken. I found out quite a while back that @blamken was already taken; I rejected @blamsblog or something like it because it'll feel weird when people use my handle to refer to me as a person — "still waiting for @brianlamken to show up" — and @briansanerlamken is too long.

I don't expect to Twitter out Twits of my own with alacrity for a while, although enthusiasm may get the better of me. Eventually I'll be promoting the blog and other stuff when my online activity increases, fingers crossed, at the end of the summer, and I'm sure that the more I follow other people on Twitter the more I'll want to join the conversation. I've already installed one of those sidebar gadgets with my Twitter feed, but 
when the pace picks up I'll probably publish a notice to that effect here. For now, I've signed up for Twitter mostly so that I can follow the feeds of friends and acquaintances and folks I admire without having to remember to click through from their own websites and such to catch up.

I'm slightly surprised to see that I have over a half-dozen posts about Twitter on the blog already, either as the primary subject or as part of an omnibus links post. You can click on the label below to see them all.

10 comments:

El Qué said...

That's our Blam: Dragged kicking and screaming into the strange modern world of 2007!
Next comes Facebook, then AOL chat rooms and perhaps even CB radio.
I feel like we've down this road before...

Joan Crawford said...

Ugh. I can't even read this post.

Twitter, Blam?

Really?

You with the twits (or worse)?

Who am I to say anything? After all, I joined Formsping for all of 2 days a year or so ago.

Still.

Never the Twitter, Blam, never.

Oh, I'll read it but I won't like it*.

*I probably will.

Gah! Twitter?

ET TU BLAM!?

Joan Crawford said...

Just read it!

Still mad!

Don't know why!

Good for you, that's what I am supposed to and will say!

Blam said...


@LK: Next comes Facebook, then AOL chat rooms and perhaps even CB radio.

I was in the AOL chat rooms once upon a time.

My uncle and cousins had a CB set when I was a kid, too. I don't remember if my handle was "Superman" or "Clark Kent"; I was a modest kid.

Facebook? I'm getting there.

@Joan: You with the twits (or worse)?

I'd just like to warn LK not to take that one too far.

Nobody says that you have to sign up for Twitter, Joan. You can just click through my sidebar gadget to check out my feed now and then. I just got tired of doing that myself for too many people who were sharing interesting things, and I must say that I enjoy having an outlet for pithy little comments that don't really fit well on the blog — as well as the built-in potential instant audience. Of course the danger is there being just too much stuff to take in, which does weigh on me. I don't think that Twitter is inherently a bad thing, though.

Blam said...


Also, I plan on collecting my Twits occasionally in posts here for the benefit of the folks who just want nothing to do with Twitter but can't stand the thought of being deprived of my Twitticism.

So, in summation, Nyah.

Joan Crawford said...

I don't get it, I responded via the email and it didn't show up here. Is that right?

Whatever, as you all know, I don't mind repeating myself:

I actually laughed out loud at your "Groucho mask" comment. #bitteroldladyenjoysherselfbriefy

Thanks for the shout-out on Nikki's blog! As always, I took it in the best way possible :)

Blam said...


@Joan: I don't get it, I responded via the email and it didn't show up here. Is that right?

... No?

@Joan: Thanks for the shout-out on Nikki's blog! As always, I took it in the best way possible :)

You're welcome. I tease out of luh...out of luh... out of not minding you all that much sometimes.

You're not as old as you look, you know. #thingsyoushouldneversaytoawoman

Arben said...

I have followed you on Twitter.

Arben said...

@Blam @Joan: You're not as old as you look, you know. #thingsyoushouldneversaytoawoman

Ha!

Teebore said...

Huzzah! Twitter has become a better place. You've been followed, good sir.

(And Joan, you should really get on Twitter. It's missing an inherent Joan-ness that only you can provide).