Once upon a time, one of my favorite comedians tweeted a link to his upcoming tour dates.Boston, where I lived at the time, was not on the list, so I replied with a tweet asking him why. I didn’t expect a response, I was really just being a smartass.But to my surprise, he replied. And he happened to be in Boston that night. So we met up for drinks.We had a great time. We debated over the supremacy of Chipotle versus Qdoba, discussed the brilliance that is Boyz II Men, danced to Dog Days are Over, drank a few or more vodka sodas, etc., etc., if you know what I mean.It was a random night that I won't soon forget, and a story that I love to tell.So there you have it. Twitter has the power to bring strangers with similar interests together. These strangers could be two people who both love #cockerspaniels, or just a girl who enjoys the stand-up comedy of a boy.It all begins with a simple hashtag. Or a direct tweet to someone who intrigues you. You never know where a little tweet might lead.So tell me, has this sort of Twitter rendezvous ever happened to you?(Find Why Twitter Kicks Facebook's Ass: Part 1 here.)
I have been a fan of Matt Nathanson's since 2002 when I saw him open for Howie Day at the TLA in Philadelphia. Even more than his music, his comedic annotations got me good.Ten years later, he's still got me hooked. And he's finally gaining some notoriety. On Friday, Matt premiered his video for Modern Love.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vuQucvnlAYNaturally, I fell in love with the vibrant murals and paintings in this video.Murals located on Balmy Street in The Mission District of San Francisco. I must check it out.But I also fell in love with the message of the song. Modern Love reflects upon this digital age we live in, and how it is causing a major decline in real life, face to face interactions.According to an interview in The Birmingham News, Matt says "What happens with human beings is, there’s a real pull to have [technology] completely take the place of actual interaction. People have sex and break up via text and Twitter. But I think physicality is a crucial part of the experience, and it deepens the experience. That’s what’s so fantastic, the human collision. That’s the real meat of being alive."Amen. Tell me, wouldn't it be nice to get back to good old-fashioned relationships? No more using technology as a crutch? No more asking people out in a text message? No more apology emails? No more lazy "Happy Birthday" Facebook posts?
As you may have gathered through some of my other posts, like The (Beautiful) Social Network, I'm a fan of social media.Of course, I like some networks more than I like others. For example, I am convinced that Twitter kicks Facebook's ass.In essence, the two sites have the same purpose. To share what's happening in your life and in the world. But the information shared on Twitter is of much greater quality than the information shared on Facebook. But that's just my opinion... Or is it?Have you ever compared your two newsfeeds? I have. Take a look at a handful of posts from my feeds on July 17th around 6pm:Facebook:
Anonymous: What a long day.Anonymous: I love my husbandAnonymous: My sunburn hurts sooo fucking bad I got the cold shakes!Anonymous: I just realized that today I consumed 7 apples.
@mashable: Facebook experiences biggest stock drop since May - on.mash.to/Q2qGwJ@danieltosh: i for one think tonights new episode of tosh.0 went too far.@HuffingtonPost: 10 healthier beers (and how to choose the right one) http://huff.to/MEL15F@HuffingtonPost: The best US state for female entrepreneurs may surprise you http://huff.to/MFFE6c
I think it's pretty clear where my time was better spent. I mean, why do I care that a girl I kinda knew in middle school ate 7 apples? (Sorry, girl I kinda knew in middle school!)So there you have it. One point goes to Twitter! Thank you for providing me with interesting information and news. And clever musings.Tell me, if you had to choose between Twitter and Facebook, which would you choose?
Social networking services like Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. So says a study by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.And I wouldn’t argue. In fact, I think Twitter is the gateway drug to blogging.I’ve never been one with words. English papers were always my worst nightmare. But in the summer of 2010, I signed up for a little thing called Twitter. It has allowed me to express my thoughts in small snippets. And it’s safe to say that I’m addicted.Two years later, I feel the desire to expand upon my measly 140 character tweets. So here I am. Blogging. Stay tuned for more!Tell me, how did you get into blogging?