Quote of the week

Michele Catalano, on the joys of having your Twitter follower list decimated:

At some point after I all but ditched twitter, I realized I missed it, and had a little heart-to-heart with myself about it. What good was twitter for me? What did I enjoy about it before the million followers (which had now “dwindled” to about 920,000)? What was twitter good for.

Well, it was good for making friends, meeting new people, discovering how many talented people are hanging around the internet, getting to do stuff with some of those talented people, having friends to visit wherever we travel, telling offensive, horrible jokes and letting a million people know when I’ve gotten my period.

There it was. I joined twitter for the conversation, for the ability to connect with people who enjoyed the same warped sense of humor, people who liked hockey and baseball, people who enjoyed talking about music and people who liked to banter back and forth, to engage.

My own interests vary a bit, but my motivations are precisely the same, apart from that whole “period” bit.


  1. Tatyana »

    18 January 2013 · 6:16 pm

    This is it! Those are the reasons I DON”T want to have twitter. It’s nobody’s business when I have my period, I don’t need 920K so called “friends”, I can use discrimination when and with whom I want to share an offensive joke, I can make acquaintances based on more substantial basis than 140-symbol f%rts on internet, and whenever I travel I prefer to pay attention to that place, and not drink myself silly with someone who tells me when she has her period on twitter!

  2. XRay »

    18 January 2013 · 9:56 pm

    T, you’re something else. A good something else, I’ll add, quickly, less ire come my way.

    I searched, but too many Michele Catalano’s out there for me to know with certainty the one who is writing that blog.

    Though the reasons themselves seem pretty good.

    I haven’t done Twitter, suspect I never will.

  3. CGHill »

    18 January 2013 · 10:20 pm

    Since it’s not exactly a state secret: she’s @inthefade on Twitter. Not that you’d go looking for her. (I’ve been following her around for most of the last decade.)

  4. Tatyana »

    19 January 2013 · 7:06 am

    XRay, aren’t we all “something else”? And those who are not, are not worthy our attention.

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