This reminds me of the alarm clock that shreds a $100 bill if you try and snooze.
Pledge to pay £1 per motherloving swear, and connect your Twitter account
SwearJar monitors your swearing, and tweets you a link to pay up after a week
You swear like a shucking trooper, use the hashtag #fuckfamine, and raise lots of money for the UNICEF famine appeal
Posted October 1, 2010
First the tweet and then some context.
You may be wondering who the heck OchoCinco is. Fair enough. I blogged about his tweets late last year and that should suffice.
That cereal box thing is probably confusing too. Well, it turns out OchoCinco has a cereal named after him. It’s called OchoCinco’s (obviously) and it’s available in the Cincinnati area. The good news is that it benefits a charity called “Feed the Children”. The bad news is that they misprinted the phone number and it now points to a sex line. I genuinely feel bad for the dude about that.
OMGEE CHAD OCHOCINCO IS BREEDING PIGEONS.
Mr. Ochocinco is obviously torn up, but wow, this may be the most ridiculous 140 characters I have ever seen strung together.
The Million Follower Falacy
Following up on Anil’s post, Life on the List comes HARD DATA showing that having a lot of followers doesn’t tell us much about influence. From the abstract:
We make several interesting observations. First, popular users who have high indegree are not necessarily influential in terms of spawning retweets or mentions. Second, most influential users can hold significant influence over a variety of topics. Third, influence is not gained spontaneously or accidentally, but through concerted effort such as limiting tweets to a single topic.
Posted December 3, 2009
There was a raging debate on Twitter yesterday about punctuation and quotations. Most people came down on the side of putting punctuation inside the closing quotation mark and that's how American English does it. Quoth Wikipedia:
American English places commas and periods inside the quotation almost all of the time, making exceptions only for parenthetical citation and cases in which the addition of a period or comma would create confusion, such as when quoting a keyboard entry or a web address.
I get that, but I respectfully disagree. I prefer the British style:
The British style places them inside or outside the quotation marks according to whether or not the punctuation is part of the quoted material.
Maybe it's from reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves or maybe it's from my life as a programmer, but I think only the quoted material should be inside the marks.
We could debate this at length (and I'm happy to hear your thoughts in the comments), but I think if we just choose a style and stick to it, that should do the trick. Of course, if I got a gig writing for a publication, I'd happily comply with whatever style guide they prefer.
Posted November 16, 2009
For the last couple months, I've been following Chad Ochocinco's tweets (he's a wide receiver on the Cincinnati Bengals). Chad is known as a bit of a clown* but is a really hard worker and an excellent receiver. He's known for his inventive touchdown celebrations and desire to be loved by everybody. He's definitely succeeded in converting me as a fan.
Unlike Terrell Owens, a fellow clown who is a phenomenal talent but toxic in the locker room, Chad is liked by his team and loved by fans. Since joining Twitter several months ago, he's started to give back to his fans. For each of the home games, he flies one of his Twitter followers out to watch from the stands. Originally the idea was that they would tweet in his stead, but that didn't seem to happen.
He's also not afraid to announce his location (especially when he's at a mall, which is often). In fact, he'll often ask fans to give him a lift or meet him for dinner when he's out of town. When he's at home, he often offers to bring 100 fans to a movie (and they show up!).
You could argue (accurately) that's excellent at marketing himself, but after following along for a bit, I just think he's a good guy. He seems to hang with fans and work hard on he enjoys it. To me, it's a typical case of a perosn putting in hard work at something they love and having the success follow.
* See: his last name, which used to be Johnson, but is now officially his nickname, a poor Spanish translation of 85
Posted June 12, 2009
Today, this may seem like gibberish, but our children will consider this the moment in which language changed course and a new breed of linguists was born.
If others can smell you, u gotta be able to smell yourself
Can u smell dat
THE_REAL_SHAQ, 12 minutes ago from TwitterBerry