I have gotten very into Twitter lately.
For those of you who are not familiar with this form of social media, a tweet is 140 characters and spaces saying…well, saying something. You can send it from your phone or your computer.
I run Tweetdeck (a free program that allows you to be in constant “follow” of other Tweeters who share your interests: www.Tweetdeck.com ) in the background on my computer all day and you’d be absolutely amazed at what I learn there. Sometimes it’s just funny, silly stuff, but other times it’s really very informative and educational. Of course, I tend to focus on the funny, silly stuff more than anything that might actually make me smarter.
For example, a favorite tweet from this week was that October of 2011 will have five Sundays, five Mondays and five Saturdays. This happens only every 823 years. That is something that I would never known had it not been tweeted. Not that I cared, but it was really interesting.
Then this flashed across the top of my computer as a “Breaking News” tweet and it falls under the category of “Funny, but not funny.”
“Woman dies from botched buttocks surgery …”
Apparently, this poor lady paid a Columbian couple to perform a surgical enhancement of her derriere. Not in a hospital, but in the back room of a tile store in Las Vegas. She’d also had botox injections from these people. I mean, really? did she have no idea what the end (pardon the pun) result would be?
The next tweet that not only caught my attention but caused me to actually check to see if it was really true (Warning! this may be considered bordering on the “risque” by some of you who follow this blog.) The Penis Museum in Iceland received a donation of its first human exhibit…and referred to it as “…the pickled penis of Paul Arason…” Apparently Mr. Arason passed away at age 95 in 2010 and willed his private parts to this “phallological museum” to join the other “…209 penises and penile parts…” that are already there representing practically every known species of land and sea mammals that are native to Iceland.
I think if I ever get to Iceland I may just have to go visit that. Just because it is so incredible. However, every time I think of this I say to myself “Why?”
I did not “retweet” this tweet.
Yet another “breaking news” tweet was about a woman in Florida who led police on a high speed chase when they attempted to pull her over for faulty brake lights. She somehow eluded them and I guess to “celebrate” her victory over the local fuzz, she pulled into McDonald’s, ordered a Value Meal from the menu and then parked in Mickey D’s lot to eat it…where the police found her and arrested her. What was she thinking? She was craving a Happy Meal that much that she let herself get caught?
But, as I said, by being a Tweeter/Follower you also really do have access to a wealth of information.
Here are some of the things I learned this week from the little black pop-up box in the corner of my computer screen:
- Where to buy the cheapest gas in OC, as well as where to get the cheapest 6 to 36 packs of beer (if you are lucky, they will both be at the same service station/mini mart)
- What exactly a “carbon footprint” is and whether it is “your size”
- A variety of recipes, including no-bake cookies, 101 ways to prepare chicken and Vegan pizza
- Where to get free fries, free smoothies and free business class airfare (when you book a cruise with a certain airline)
- Where to adopt a dog, cat, bird or some other creature
- Where there are traffic jams, wildfires and tsunami warnings…fortunately, usually not all in the same place at the same time
I am always in favor of learning, especially when it is this convenient. However, I do believe I am more in favor of laughing and heaven knows, tweeting can be tickling.
You can follow me at @OCActiveSeniors.
I don’t know where I’m going, but there are now 500 people, who for some bizarre reason, follow me anyway.
I’m not sure if they are “tweeters” or just “twits” because they do that.