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twitter rhymes with litter

I recently noticed that twitter rhymes with litter. Random observation. Or is it. They’re both everywhere. You see people posting what amounts to junk. I myself am guilty of it.

That’s why i’m writing this post. I checked in on my blog and noticed that it was collecting daily roundups of all my @madtm tweets. I was embarrassed to say the least. I felt as though I walked into my backyard and saw several piles of leaves. Piles that I swept up weeks ago and never did anything with. They just lay there taking space. I even perused the piles of daily tweets and wondered what i had said to who and why.

Now let me get one thing clear, i enjoy using twitter. I have two accounts, one for my personal thoughts and one for my professional ones. I also maintain several client twitter accounts to make sure they stay up-to-date and bot-free. It’s a useful tool especially for my clients. They combine their website, facebook fan page, twitter account, and blog into a roundhouse punch of media exposure. And I make sure they do it right.

twitter digests look like layers in a landfillSo why litter? Well, did i mention bots. It’s a 4-letter word, especially when you’re caught doing it. My daily digest of tweets stacked one on top of the other for the days i didn’t update my blog.

They offer no insight. Visually, stacked on top of each other, they look like code. A bunch of random words mixed into a stew of RT, #, @, d, bit.ly, yfrog.

So i’ll turn off my own bots, and reclaim my blogosphere from my twittosphere. It’s interesting to learn something new. And it’s a bit embarrassing to be caught doing something that you despise, even if it was on accident.

In the meantime i’ll sweep up these piles of daily tweet digests.

Our tech heroes are getting old

It was ESPN’s X-games in 2009 that put me in my place. They did a restrospective on Tony Hawk. The camera panned in on his still boyish grin and… what was that?… gray hair? Did i just see gray in his hair. Oh my word, i’m officially old.

This morning, I started reading an engadget article about the Steve Job’s D8 interview. There he is looking dapper in his signature black shirt, jeans, sneakers, and… what was that?… black socks? Black socks with sneakers? Grandpa Smitty used to wear black socks with sneakers, and with plaid shorts to boot! But Smitty was mean, stinky, and not the CEO of Apple!

Steve, say it ain’t so? How could someone in charge of the best designed & engineered products this side of the 21st century commit such an act? How did he go from iPod to iPhone to iPad to iSmitty. In a couple years he’ll be chain smoking generic cigarettes and drinking Stroh’s from a can.

Oh well, I can’t complain too much. No wait, yes I can. See, i’m on Verizon so i had to wait for the Droid. A black lump with gold buttons. GOLD – seriously? I’m surprised the Droid didn’t come in teal and purple packaging. I imagine some old guy wearing black socks with sneakers approving that design chimera.

Only an old guy would design such a… uh-oh iSmitty, I mean Steve… is an old guy. Tony Hawk is old. Thankfully i’m still young and… oh no, is that a gray hair? Phew, it was just a dog hair on my black sock. Now where did i put those New Balance shoes?