The early Tweeters get the worms
Posted by James McPherson on April 13, 2009
A “bored” 17-year-old apparently released “a can of worms” on Twitter over the weekend.
“The company deleted some 10,000 infected tweets,” according to the CNN report. By my calculation, that’s probably more than a million characters worth of self-involved trivia–or a good start, considering what I think of that form of communication in general (even if Barack Obama uses it, and even though I learned today that the Associated Press Stylebook is also on Twitter–and right now, I see that the most recent post there is from one of my students).
Perhaps even worse, now I find out that I might have people sending me electronic messages from beyond the grave. To my relatives: If you want to talk to me after you’re dead, do it the old-fashioned way, by showing up and haunting me. It’s bad enough if you’re too lazy to visit when you’re alive. I’m not buying it after you’re gone.
And back to the infected tweets: I’m also glad to see a story about a teenager and technology that doesn’t involve kids’ text charges, “Dateline” predators, or “sexting.” Alas, the kid is obviously in trouble, and probably should be: After all, if the network talking heads can’t trust Twitter, how will they know what to say on the air?
Next day update: CNN reports breathlessly that Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a “Twitter battle,” that Blackberry users were without Twittering capabilities for three hours today, and that CNN’s Gloria Borger says Republicans are “Twittering away their credibility.” Uh, Gloria–they’re not the only ones.