Twitter this and tweet that...I'm sure you've heard those terms a lot in recent weeks. If you happen to be unfamiliar with the latest social networking craze, here's a quick explanation: Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers, also known as followers. Love it or hate it, it seems clear that Twitter is here to stay, at least for awhile. So from now on, when I'm not writing this blog, you can find me on Twitter...check me out! Whether live-blogging events as they take place or touting the benefits of sucralose or a sugar-free lifestyle, I will add my voice to the chorus of tweeters.
Surprisingly, even in my limited experience on Twitter, I've found that there are fewer than expected "I'm standing in the grocery store, looking at fruit" posts. Instead, I've discovered a number of truly interesting, insightful messages out there. There are also a ton of hilarious, tongue-in-cheek Twitter feeds.
Speaking of humorous, it seems there are a growing number of writers now taking a stab at boiling down and tweeting the plot-lines of literary classics.
Samuel Beckett's bleak play Waiting for Godot, for example, is reduced to: "Vladimir and Estragon stand next to tree and wait for Godot. Their status is not updated."
Some other examples:
Ulysses: Man walks around Dublin. We follow every minute detail of his day. He’s probably overtweeting.
Great Expectations: Orphan given £££ by secret follower. He thinks it’s @misshavisham but it turns out to be @magwitch
The Catcher in the Rye: Rich kid thinks everyone is fake except for his little sister. Has breakdown.
Pride and Prejudice: Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together.
Aaaaand, drumroll please, the piece de resistance. These are a few highlights of Homer's Odyssey, if it was written on Twitter:
THNX for the raft. Laters!
Caught Demodocus show at dome. GREAT! Anyone have vid?
Wrecked the boat. Totaled. Everyone dead. FAIL
Back home. Who r all these random dudes?
HA! I hope you got a laugh out of those. Either way, please continue to visit me, either in blog format or Twitter feed.