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Twitter FAQ

(I'll re-post or re-link to this every time I get a flood of new followers on Twitter.)

So you've decided to follow me on Twitter. Thank you! I'll try to make the experience an enjoyable one.

So, don't take this the wrong way, but who are you? I just added you because [other Twitter user] suggested it.
I'm Jamais Cascio, and I write/speak/consult about emerging ideas and issues, all with a strong future-focus. My bio is here, if you're interested in the details.

What kinds of things do you Twitter about?
A mix of surreal commentary, short observations about world events, links to new posts on the Open the Future blog, interesting Twitter posts that other people have made, replies to questions, and whatever else pops to mind.

You're going to overload me with your Twitter posts, aren't you? I knew it.
Heavens, no. I tend to post to Twitter just a few times a day, under normal circumstances.

"Normal circumstances?" That sounds suspicious.
I just mean that sometimes I'll find myself in a flurry of back-and-forth Twitter postings, but those are few and far between.

So you're going to follow me back, right?
Probably not. I tend to follow people that I know, for the most part. But engage me in conversation, comment on the blog, and there's a good chance that I'll add you.

By the way, you keep using the term "Twitter posts." I thought they were called "tweets."
Look, it's bad enough that the service is called "Twitter" -- yeah, let's give it a name that'll make it really easy to ridicule, what a great idea -- but I simply refuse to call the individual messages "tweets." That term lives in the uncanny valley between asinine and humiliating.

So what's your Twitter account again?
You can follow me at @cascio. Or don't. I'm happy either way.


Cheers for not calling them tweets!

Peggy Noonan agrees with you re names (in an excellent piece on Iran, http://tinyurl.com/lwoplv):

"Connected to which, it would be nice if the technologies of the future were not given babyish names. Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc., have come to be crucial and historically consequential tools, and yet to refer to them is to talk baby talk. In the future could inventors please keep the weight and dignity of history in mind?"

And I like the idea and style of your TwitterFAQ. Might just plagiarize. ;-)

You forgot: Will I have to register to look at your pictures?

I like the "Twitter FAQ" awsome idea.. I do like to pick and choose whose madness I follow.. You seem to have a brand I would enjoy reading.. Be reading you..lol

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