Tweeting the most and least important stuff

Russell Minick

I work with a guy who is an innovator/early adopter.  He clued me into FaceBook back when it was very cutting edge.  At first I struggled to get the point of writing ‘open e-mails’.  Eventually I caught on; particularly when my first kid went off to college.  Later FaceBook too often felt like a co-op for e-mail forwarders.  I started ‘tweeting’.

It’s been a few years since I started.  At first, it FaceBook to Twitter was more redundant than the FB to e-mail shift.  But when protests around me in Thailand turned violent and volatile, I started following photo-journalists.  They kept me instantaneously informed about where the next mob was forming, where the shots were being fired, where the trouble was headed.  Following Twitter tweeters was very practical.

Now I tweet.  I’m still learning the unique dynamics.  Right now I just double my Twitter and FB status.  What I am trying to decide is the best use of the medium.  There are 2 schools of practice I am considering.

As a Bible man, I end up following Bible folk.  They are the main source of what I call the Fortune Cooking model. In a few short characters one can send hortatory missals (fire off mini-sermons).  So, from time to time, I say definitive and urgent stuff too.  Things like “There’s only one God, and you’re not him! #monotheism #humility #spiritualformation”  Pretty cool, huh?

But sometimes I can’t help but chuckle when I get 7 small cyber-sermons in sequence.  Its not the content, its the parade that gets me.  I insert “And 1 more thing!….” silently as the stream continues.  And I lose my focus all over again.  The limitations of this form of tweeting actually helps fuel the other form.

I barely even need to refer to the over lamented type of “I’m eating” tweet.  Complaining about that is like noting “It’s not the heat, its the humidity”.  Rather, the Ying to the fortune-cookie-Yang is playful wittiness:

“No big deal but @yabadabadu and I are the CRUNK champions. #bigdeal

I laughed a lot when I read that.  Humor pivots on the experience of surprise.  I’m often less funny than I should be because of my peculiar sense of what is surprising.  What I learn in observing naturally funny tweets is connection.  When they happen, little observations of daily life, loaded with a playfully positioned variation, a mental connection ignites that may result in “lol”, but also in a warm sense of belonging.

Tell us; surprise us!  #fun #amen!

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