I joined Twitter in 2007. I come in with a Twitter ID below the 1 millionth user mark (678,213 to be precise). This doesn’t make me any better or worse at using the platform. In fact, I haven’t changed how I use it at all in the last decade (a reason why I don’t have much of a following). I still post whatever drivel comes to mind, like this picture my niece drew. Poorly thought jokes about politics or whatever in on my TV at the moment or (because I love cliches) what I’m currently eating fill my feed. Twitter, however, has changed around me.
The introduced native linking to other profiles via the “@” sign. They introduce native retweeting so that we no longer had to wrap them with “RT @_____ ‘’.” Hashtag linking. Discussion threads. Native photo uploading. Native search. GIF searching and posting. Character limit increases throughout. All of these things layered on to the simple idea of microblogging.
In doing that, yes, I think it’s fair to say that our dark timeline plays a part of that with all of our characters. So, you’ll get to see a little bit of some of the fun that we had in seeing that in the past. So, that’ll all sort of come to a head for our finale.
Any plans this vernal equinox? Might we suggest you head down to Flicker Theater and Bar on Washington St for a little post-modern folk action? Jesse Payne hails from Birmingham and proclaims that he “paints songs on paper canvas and audio waves”. So, a full night of hot folk action is sure to be had by all. But, really, who could go wrong with a song about Wes Anderson?
Also Playing: The Last Tycoon and The Rough & Tumble
Let’s all go out with bartenders who call everyone “honey,” and “love.”
Let’s go shopping for our friend’s wedding gift, even though she didn’t invite us to her shower last weekend. That’s not rude, right? Right!
Let’s drive around Sandy Springs looking for a bar that a guy I know works at. No, I don’t know the name. I’m just hoping that I’ll find it, walk in, and the rest will fall (rise) into place (“place”).
Let’s pretend that wasn’t a repeat of #2.
Let’s stare at our bank accounts until our eyes hurt while saying, “Why don’t I have more money? How can I get more money?” and crying. The crying will make our eyes hurt worse, though, so just be aware of that.
Let’s go to anthropologie.com and pick out cute dresses to buy for when said bartender finally asks you out/friend’s wedding/bartender accompanies you to friend’s wedding.
Let’s pretend that’s not related to why you don’t have more money saved.
Google Plus has allowed me realize the moderate dreams I had of using Path. I credit the redesigned app for this. Do a bunch of random people I vaguely met once comment on my posts? Nope. Is there a strange core group that keeps it an interesting place to take in content and opinions? Yep.
Yet, Google Plus has proved more interesting than Path. I follow many brands and news sites in a Twitter-like fashion. I push a chunk of my posts to the public at large. I can also, however, drill down and only see interesting posts filtered by relation or topic.
Is Google+ a ghost town in comparison to Facebook or Twitter? Yep. Have they managed to continually drive me to interact with people on this site because of the much better signal to noise ratio? Hell yes.
I will admit that this is probably not how Google envisioned G+. They probably thought it was going to go head-to-head with Facebook. It ended up being a strange mix that resembles a media-rich early version of Twitter. The geeks are there. A small cohort of interesting people interact with me there. I like it there.
Some G+ Follow Picks
Here’s a nice group of relatively active, quality Google Plussers to follow. Add them to a circle and enjoy the flowing content.