Saturday, March 28, 2009

Twitter-eee, Twitter-dumb

By Fidel Martinez * Other Fidel Martinez Posts

The future is here! 140 characters at a time, but still, it is here! What am I talking about, you ask? Well, Twitter of course! I have seen the future and it's micro-blogging! Twitter's rise to prominence has been meteoric and has yet to reach its apex.

In fact, it was reported that the Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has used this new form of social media to complain about poor officiating. That's quite an endorsement! You want Mark Cuban on your side and using your product to do what he does best. Other notable sports figures are embracing Twitter. Fellow Austinite Lance Armstrong let all of his fans know that he had broken his collar bone by uploading a picture of him on his twitter feed. That's devotion! No amount of pain or lack of testicle will prevent him from letting his twitter followers know what happens to him or his body. But neither Texan compares to Milwaukee Bucks's Charlie Villanueva. He truly takes the cake. Villanueva got himself in a bit of a tiff two weeks ago when he took a moment during half time to post the following 'tweet':

"In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."
He was twittering in the middle of the game! That is HUGE! Do you realize what this means? In the near future, the winning dunk at the NBA slam dunk contest will be Nate Robinson dressed in kryptonite green jumping over a cape-clad Dwight Howard while twittering! Oh he so twittered all over him!

Be careful, though. Not everything is gravy with the Twitter train. Not everyone is embracing this life-altering technology. I'm talking about Jennifer Aniston, of course. She recently broke up with John Mayer because he spent too much time twittering instead of returning her phone calls. Now listen, Jen. You can't blame a guy for wanting to share what he had for lunch with his followers. If you can't understand that, then I guess your body isn't such a wonderland.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get away from this bloggity blog blog and reconvene with my family. It's my parents' 25th wedding anniversary and someone just handed me a gin and tonic. I shouldn't be spending my time on THIS. I'll just tweet about it. You can follow me at

1 comment:

  1. My perspective on twitter: Facebook status updates sent to your phone.

    I think I've gone through the five stages of grief with Twitter. Denial (see the above statement), anger (as I saw it gain popularity), bargaining (how to stop the madness?), depression (realizing the behemoth could not be stopped), acceptance (when convinced by a friend to try it out).

    Despite accepting it, I now regard it as the tool that will bring about the fall of mankind (or its salvation, as such tools have the power to do). Enjoy!