“I tawt I saw a puddy tat”

Tweety and his arch nemesis Sylvester(flickr.com)

Tweety and his arch nemesis Sylvester(flickr.com)

“I did, I did saw a puddy tat”. For the geezer generation, this was Tweet(y) as in bird, the happy  yellow canary of animated fame. The bird  was crated by one Robert Clampett and first appeared in November, 1942. Of course he was voiced by the late, legendary Mel Blanc. But today, of  course, tweet means something entirely different.

A tweet is what one  does on Twitter, one  of the new social media. And a rapidly growing member it is. According to comScore, its number of unique visitors went from 593,000 in June,08 to 20.1 million in June, o9. Now, that is exponential growth. It is by no means as large as Facebook but is heading onward and upward it appears.

This quote came from an article by Barbara  Ortutay, AP  technology writer.

                       “Tens of millions of people have come to rely on social media to express their innermost thoughts and  to keep up with world news and celebrity gossip”. Doubtless, many were chagrined when a cyber attack shut the site down for a period of hours . The outage was traced to an attack on a lone blogger in the republic of Georgia. Doubtless, the site’s return provided fodder for a lot of tweets.

I am certain it is clear by now that I personally do not tweet. I have friends and relatives who do and like it . I read regularly about celebrities who  are on Twitter and have competitions among themselves as to who can get the most followers. I was quite surprised  however   to learn that the median age for Twitter users is 31. I  would have thought it would skew much younger. Anyway, I struggle with the concept of sharing my inner most thoughts or what I had for lunch or  whatever rabbit runs  through  the mind.

But perhaps, my confusion or uncertainty was best described by Mrs THT when she bemoned the lack of immediate response for an email vs a phone call. She is quite fond of the phrase, I just wanted to hear your voice. Unless one  has ready access to a computer during the day, tweeting seems to have its limits in that regard. But then again, based on its numbers, not so  many. So, I guess Jack Dorsey and company have a winning formula, even without the geezer market.


August 7, 2009 - Posted by | Technology | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I don’t usually watch Conan O’Brien, but I did see a brief bit he did Thursday night when Twitter was hacked for an hour or so. Conan and his sidekick Andy Richter dissolved into tears and screams, Conan because he couldn’t find out what Ashton Kutcher had for lunch, and Andy because he couldn’t tell what outfit Molly Cyrus was wearing yesterday.

    And today, we find ut via Twtter that Sarah Palindoesn’t want her parents or her Downs Syndrome son to face an “Obama death panel”.

    Will the silliness ever end?

    Comment by larrys | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Indeed.

    Comment by Tarheeltalker | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Death of great health care is what Sarah Palin was saying larrys! I also don’t want good health care made into a health care that tells Old people that need a serious operation to take a pain pill and die as Obama has said. I would call that Obamadealthhealthcare!

    My wife has just spent 6 days in the hospital and had excellent care and with no out of pocket money, our insurance paid in full…while I was siting in my car one evening waiting to go inside the hospital I seen a lady get out of car with cell phone and she was typing as hard as she could while walking toward hospital. The lady walk into a park car and kept right on typing and walking. I have to ask what did these people do before the cell phone! 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Glad to hear that Mrs gtp is doing well!

    Comment by tarheeltalker | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. What kind of insurance do you have there, GTP, that you paid nothing for a 6 day confinement? Kind of unusual in this day and age.

    And your revisionist interpretation of what Sarah Palin said is nonsense. She said what she said, and she lied. Just like you lied: “Old people that need a serious operation to take a pain pill and die as Obama has said.” He never said that; he never said anything CLOSE to that. But ultraradical rightwingnuts like you just cannot resist making up lies and stories about the guy, can you?

    That’s the problem with the healthcare reform “debate”: they’re so many lies floating around out there, you can’t sit down and rationally discuss what th eproposals do and don’t say.

    Comment by larrys | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Mr. THT, You said it right-I just want to hear your voice. You do not have to twitter!

    Comment by Laura | August 13, 2009 | Reply

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