I’m not a Tweeter, or a Facebook Friend, or a member of any other mass social media. A lot of people are, and that’s fine. I just don’t see how social media adds value to my life, and is in fact a distraction. But that’s just me.
When I served on the board of my neighborhood association, we looked for ways to expand our presence through social media. I suggested that we get a real expert Tweeter, like a 14 year old girl, to tweet our meeting minutes. We’d probably get stuff like “OMG, the firemen are totally hot!”
I happened across this Twitter content chart, and thought the breakdown was interesting. The category ‘Pointless Babble’ can be translated as ‘Small Talk’. This is a much better interpretation than social networking researcher Danah Boyd’s, who came up with this turgid explanation:
“want[ing] to know what the people around them are thinking and doing and feeling, even when co-presence isn’t viable”
If someone’s ‘co-presence isn’t viable’, how can they be ‘around’ you?
At any rate, it seems that almost 80% of Twitter content is people just . . . talking. I’ve seen Twitter feeds, and no matter the social standing of the Tweeter, the content is almost entirely banal. It’s just not interesting to me that so-and-so is eating at a certain restaurant, or went shopping yesterday.
There are no end to ways people will humiliate their dogs, but the fact that this site is in Vietnamese makes it a little creepy. I suspect that President Obama is a frequent visitor.
The Continuing Chinese Takeover
Quick, name the state flower of Georgia. If you said ‘magnolia’, you and I would be in the same company, and we’d both be wrong. The state flower is the Cherokee Rose, and it’s native to . . . China? Yes, as Wikipedia informs us, the floral symbol of Georgia was transplanted to the state in the late 18th century. The magnolia, at least, is native to the area.
Today in History
1636 – Harvard University (Cambridge Mass) founded
1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin
1858 – Macy’s Dept store opens in NYC
1886 – Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated by 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC
1900 – After over 5 months 2nd Olympic games in Paris France, close
1904 – St Louis police try a new investigation method-fingerprints
1922 – 1st coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game
1949 – Eugenie Anderson is 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)
1965 – Gateway Arch (630′ (190m) high) completed in St Louis, Missouri
1978 – Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)