|Daft Punk Took Best record and best album..which is really a miracle given the|
fact, they repeat the same couple of lines over and over and over.
Historically, I haven't spent a great deal of time on Twitter. To tell you the truth, I don't quite understand the purpose of sending out little wisps of thoughts to what may be, in my case, the smallest group of followers in Twitterdom. (that would be @veryconflicted for those of you that like small intimate gatherings) There is also the fact, that it is very difficult to limit myself to 140 characters. (You don't seem shocked by that.) Up until recently I would of said the sole purpose of Twitter was that it provided a barometer for celebrities to check the status of their popularity while at the same time rudely pointing a finger at those that are less popular. I am assuming you don't hinge your self- worth to the number of followers you have on Twitter.
|Katy Perry is the most popular according to Twitter|
unless, of course, you consider blogs as a type of social networking.
It isn't that I don't see merit in some of the sites that actually have resulted in people connecting or reconnecting. I love to see what my school friends and relatives are up to. Unfortunately, I tend to find other parts of it trivial and avoid marketing components of it. I can't believe that I am the only one that is finding that I dis-LIKE being told by every business under the sun that I need to go to their web site and LIKE them. I currently am not LIKE-ing the word LIKE.
As for today...I am talking about my foray onto Twitter.
It occurred to me a week ago Sunday, that there weren't many programs available to watch on TV thanks to the 4+ hours taken up by the Grammy Awards. As I like music and was too lazy to search ON DEMAND for a movie, I figured I would power through "live" TV.
For those that weren't watching, during the opening number, Beyonce does a dance routine with a chair. Does the idea of someone doing a dance in a chair getting wet sound at all familiar? Well for me it had a certain deja vu quality about it. It reminded me of Jennifer Beals in the "Maniac" sequence of Flashdance.
Also, I began to wonder if anyone else beside me, wasn't loving this opening act. (I am sure heads are exploding at the thought I didn't find this opening act "the bomb".)
In an effort to find out the answer to these questions, I did what anyone that was within reach of an iPad or Smartphone would do. I signed onto Twitter to see what the masses were saying. Turns out that I am the only one in the universe that wasn't losing their mind over how wonderful this was and no one was mentioning "Maniac." I am, also, the only one on the planet that wasn't gushing and spewing nonsense about how Beyonce and Jay Z are the most romantic couple EVER. (For those of you that missed this...by this point in time...Beyonce and Jay Z were both on stage doing some serious rub-a-dubbing against each other and the cameras are zeroing in on booties and crotches) Yeah, the whole routine was totally the essence of romance. (do I need to point out the sarcasm here?)
Which brings me to my point....Alternate reasons to use Twitter other than stalking and/or measuring the popularity of a celebrity.
A. Finding affirmation and endorsement of your opinions related to "whatever" is happening.
B. Getting confirmation on how odd/wrong/unique you are or affirm that you are "normal".
C. Getting the opportunity to spew random opinions into the universe so others can A. or B.
Thought Number Two: The Great Divide
I will say that because I have spent so little time on Twitter, it was somewhat of a learning experience.
The speed of "tweets flashing before one's eyes" doesn't allow for participating in any meaningful way. I had signed on to the thread #Grammys so over the course of the 4+ hours of programming, there were 15.2 MILLION tweets. Needless to say, every time I looked down at my phone there were 100s of new tweets.
|If Gaga tries to bite me, I will push her off of her shoes. That's bound to do some damage.|
I, also figured out rather quickly that some of the Twitter comments were nearly as entertaining as some portions of the program itself. The comments consisted in equal amounts of praise, mockery and comedic one-liners. There seemed to be some areas of general consensus as well as some of the acts brought a wave of opposing tweets.
Because this year's Grammy Awards performers were fairly divided between older groups and younger groups, there seemed to be some age divisiveness involved as well.
Age disparities? Yes, how else can you account for this?
While Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sang a duet ..one of the tweets that came up asked:
Where are the other two Beatles? Pretty rude of them not to show up.
And there were hundreds that went along those lines....
|Really?? These people have no idea who the Beatles were?|
Of course, there were a lot that were just one-liners...and I do mean A LOT.
|Commissioner Latifah marrying 33 couples along side the wedding singer.|
Do you Tweet? If so...what do you enjoy about it? If not...what are your thoughts?
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