A look back at 2011 through the lens of Twitter. It is a little US-centric and does miss some of the important events of the latter half of 2011, like the uprisings in Syria and Yemen, but all in all, it is very interesting to see how Twitter has recorded history. I think the days have past where Twitter was known only for the recording of inane events in people’s lives and is now how the world communicates with each other about events that change history.
What happens when the genius of Charles Schultz meets the inane ramblings of Twitter? Pure genius is what.
It’s a wonderful way to waste hours of time when you should be doing something else. Not that I would advocate doing anything of the sort, of course.
I just found a fun site that predicts your next tweet based on previous tweets called That can be my next tweet and have spend the last 20 minutes giggling at what it has come up with.
My favourites are:
I’m the complete opposite of Dora Explorer. (this is true)
Origin of awesomeness is the again this morning’s run. (Hell yes!)
Was thinking no, but I’m in my Android. (if only I could become one with my Android, love my phone)
Brain dead after doing a potential new series. (maybe if I was a celebrity)
I guess I was an answer in pigtails. (maybe I should start wearing pigtails more)
Annoyed that I didn’t get to help me for eating more of torture. (Actually I’m just annoyed I ate torture in the first place)
We are very annoyed. (Oh yes we are)
I now have top posts, latest email if you get the Chinese symbol for the report uploaded to see you get! (Now this could become a spam email)
Blogged: A purple tutu! (If hell freezes over & I ever do wear a tutu, you bet I’m going to blog about it)
I have a clown literally in French. (But are French clowns creepier than German ones?)
Caffeine is the government over my first IT job. (Caffeine is the king of all IT jobs)
Back from Lotus Notes back tomorrow morning, simply because I hate indecision. (I also hate Lotus Notes)
Cuckoo clocks are not at high speed. (that sounds rather profound)
My German TV is the window have a stagger flail walk then a form of nowhere. (that does sum up German TV quite well)
Holy shit. Pub trivia in German homework. (oh gods, my worst nightmare)
What morons. (now that is something I would tweet!)
Damn this site is addictive! What is your most amusing ‘your next tweet’?
I’m a social media junkie. I blog, I tweet and occasionally I update my Facebook status. Social media to me is a lifeline to people back home, friends scattered across various countries and fantastic people I have never met but one day hope to. However, I had a conversation with a friend last night who isn’t a social media junkie. In fact, social media is something she can’t bring herself to get involved in at all as it brings out feelings of major inadequacies. It should be noted that, in my eyes, my friend shouldn’t have these feelings at all, but she does and it was something I never really considered about social media.
We use social media to update our friends and complete strangers about our lives, our passions, our loves and whatever inane thoughts we feel we should share. To me, an internet junkie for 18 years, it seems so natural to have social interactions this way. Whilst I’m aware of cyberbullying, the dangers of having your life online for anyone to view and other negative things, I never really thought about how social media could make people feel inadequate. I just saw the good side of social media – the ease of sharing your life with people who, for whatever reasons, were unable to be there to share it with you. I never saw these life updates as almost a tally score of how other people’s lives are so much better than your own and the mental anguish that could bring.
How do others feel about this? Is this something that quite a lot of you feel either all the time or every now and again? I’m just wondering if I’ve been completely blind to this darkside of social media that perhaps everyone else experiences.
Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
When I was planning (or as much as you can plan in a month) and when I made the move to Germany, I joined the fantastic community of English speaking expats living in Germany. I connected with this community through various platforms, but it was the ones that I meet on Twitter who have provided so much information and assistance that I would literally be up shit creak without a paddle without them. If you are an expat living in Germany, get yourself onto Twitter! It’s the best piece of advice I could ever offer.
With my recent visa snafu and my company’s lawyer leaving me to my own devices in organising my health insurance, it was the Twitter based expats that came to my rescue. Within minutes of tweeting about my plight, these amazing people sent messages full of advice and stories of being in the same situation. At the end of the day, I had the phone number of a representative of a public health insurance that spoke English and the membership forms I needed to fill out. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if this wonderful community didn’t come to my rescue.
I have met some of the Hamburg based ones (@codebeaker & @C1aire_ - you guys are amazing!) and there are some I still have to meet (@lirontocker – we must get together for coffee and @namatovu – let me know when you’re next in Hamburg). Then there are the ones spread out throughout Germany (@Residentonearth, @HeisseScheisse, @zurika, @sergejmueller, @taiwanreporter, @elmadaeu, @groundedtravlr and many more). All of them wonderful people.
In 2011, I want to start giving back to the expat community to repay them for all their advice and assistance. I also want to connect with the local GLBT community here in Hamburg – a German girlfriend would be wonderful, but also I miss having GLBT friends who are local and that I can do things with that my straight friends wouldn’t be interested in.