This blog is still alive, just in semi-hibernation. When I want to write something longer than a tweet about something other than math or sci-fi, here is where I'll write it.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Killing Twitter by Hand
I decided tonight at long last to completely shut down my Twitter account, due to a few stories in the news.
I signed in to my account, clicked on the remove account button, but got a little pop-up window saying how the system was just way too hectic and couldn't grant my request right now.
I realize my mom and dad are reading this blog, but I am going to break my no swearing rule and call bullshit on this crap piece of software.
A few months back, I put up a message about the TV show Mad Men. Soon after, I found that I was being followed by peggyolson and bettydraper. Not the actresses Elizabeth Moss and January Jones, but the characters, whose lives are currently on the show are taking place in a fictionalized version of 1962, a secretary turned copywriter and a bored and unhappy housewife. At the time I considered this creepy and decided not to follow them back, and I hoped that if this was being done as some sort of guerilla marketing for the show, that the people spending time putting messages on the Twitter site claiming to be characters from the show were at least getting paid.
Now comes the news that Keith Olbermann is on Twitter, and he has many followers, as one might expect of a celebrity.
Except he's not on Twitter. Someone has set up a false account with his name and picture. He's asked Twitter to shut the account down and they have refused.
It just make sense. Since people can post as fictional characters from TV shows, why shouldn't they be allowed to pretend they are celebrities? If people are silly enough to think they are actually following a celebrity, it's their own damn fault for being so naive, right?
Since I couldn't just close my account, instead I sent a last message, stopped following everyone on my list and blocked everyone following me. If Twitter sends a message to any of my blog buddies about this, and as I recall that includes FranIAm, Lisa and Mathman, Spotchy, CDP and the author of The OtherWhirled, I hope you see this blog post and understand I mean no offense.