Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I have a Twitter account for my business, and think its worthwhile. I've also ooohed and aaahed over the things other people are doing with their Twitter's. Still, I have regarded having a personal Twitter as a waste, and indicative of being a waste (of amino acids). But, I'm slowly changing my mind, and as such have stuck a toe in the water.
Changing my mind have been artists I like, such as Corb Lund and Amanda Palmer, various writing movements like Nanoism, writers like Steve Pressfield, and the recent happenings in Iran where Twitter was put to such good effect.
So, I now have a Twitter. At present, I'm enjoying it and delighted that things I see there already make my world feel more right and well adjusted (which I did not expect). Like the Kindle thing, it may stay, or it may go the way of the Sardinian Dhole.

I think I'll be using it to follow people primarily for now, but I expect I'll be tossing up some original 140 character prose from time to time as well.

Twitter: WhatTheNagrom


Hat said...

I think a teensy bit of my respect for you has died.

But not enough to be concerned, for sure. But seriously... Twitter??

Of course, this leads to a thought about the stigma about Twitter. What's up with that, anyhow?

Nagrom said...

I think the stigma is because people use it like they do their Facebook Status but in a much more annoying and narcissistic way. Most people's "tweets" aren't worth the pixels they use, and contribute less than nothing to the world (yes, less than, they create a vacuum of intelligence that destroys all... You've read some of them, tell me I'm wrong.)
For the most part, Twitter blows - As most people use it.

However - I am impressed with some of thats being done. Following some artists/musicians/etc. can be interesting and entertaining if they actually put out knowledge, or at least wit, and not just "I'm at Bergdorfs and these shoes are AHH-MAY-ZING!" crap.
Those who truly strive to use it to provide knowledge are also interesting. We live in a society thats gotten very internet, rapid information intake, centric. Twitter is both the perfect example of, and perfect medium for working with, that.
I also think, as a writer, producing imaginative, and most importantly effective, fictions with a 140 character limit is extremely challenging, and has the potential to be quite beneficial.

I've gone on about these ideas more in my entries on the future of fiction and virtual crowdsurfing a week or two ago - And I feel another Twitter specific one coming on... We'll see.