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It can be done, so it must be done? [Feb. 7th, 2009|11:52 pm]
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Yes, you can ship your twitter updates daily to Livejournal. But why? What is being accomplished? Tweets are ephemeral by design. If you said "my boyfriend's bringing me cake" at 1300 and "anyone at UCLA know if Parking Log 3B is full?" at 1500 and "Goddamnit I forgot to buy beets" at 1800, why should everyone know about all of these at once the next day?

Can anyone explain why you'd want to post your list of tweets to your Livejournal?

[User Picture]From: auntiesiannan
2009-02-08 08:24 am (UTC)
exactly. I'm so sick of disjointed lists of stale shit on my friend page.
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[User Picture]From: tinymammoth
2009-02-08 08:33 am (UTC)
I quit reading everyone who does this. Twitter is baffling to me.
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[User Picture]From: eyeteeth
2009-02-08 09:33 am (UTC)
Some people blog more or less like a series of tweets anyway, so I guess they figure this way they save time. I too find it strange and irritating.
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[User Picture]From: kafkateer
2009-02-08 10:06 am (UTC)
Thank you. I fucking hate that.
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[User Picture]From: gillen
2009-02-08 10:08 am (UTC)
I appreciate it, as I only follow Twitter sporadically. Half the time I only see a twittered comment to me because someone shipped it to their LJ. But LoudTwitter has stopped shipping my tweets for some reason, so you're spared on that account at least.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-02-08 07:02 pm (UTC)
You know what's weird? When you post a reply I never get it by email. For some reason LJ doesn't send me the openID ones, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2009-02-08 12:23 pm (UTC)
Srsly, fuck that. Since there's a large set of people I follow on Twitter, LJ, and Facebook, I have to see some of their god damned twits three times each.
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[User Picture]From: handstil
2009-02-08 01:54 pm (UTC)
I get twitter updates that someone changed their facebook status, flickr notifications on facebook, see the same photo on flickr, facebook, and a link to it on twitter, and then I have to see it all again on LJ. GOT IT, THANKS. lskd;asldk;
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[User Picture]From: ortho_bob
2009-02-08 04:25 pm (UTC)
I suspect people try it out to see what use it is and then either forget about it or can't remember the URL and password to turn it off. That's my excuse. Not that I twitter any more. It takes too long whittling my perfect, extended, nuanced thoughts down to 140 characters....
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From: catamorphism
2009-02-08 05:46 pm (UTC)
When an acquaintance asked me whether I used Twitter, I said that I didn't, but I did have a LiveJournal; he said that LiveJournal took too much time.
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From: stoatmaster9000
2009-02-08 05:48 pm (UTC)
I want my data to live in one place -- JUST ONE. Everything else is backups. This crosspost everything everywhere stuff is just frustrating. I list "latest 5 tweets" on my blog in a sidebar, but it's not slipped in with the rest of the content.

If I were to do that, I'd want it to be something that doesn't appear on outgoing RSS feeds: just a presentation device that uses the tweets ot give context between long-form posts. Anything else feels pretty inconsiderate to anyone interested enough to follow what I'm writing in both formats...
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[User Picture]From: pauldeman2pt0
2009-02-08 05:51 pm (UTC)
I also don't get twitter.
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[User Picture]From: leolo
2009-02-09 04:12 pm (UTC)


I thought it was just me
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[User Picture]From: sistermaryeris
2009-02-08 06:23 pm (UTC)
AGREED. I've been feeling this for like a year, ever since Twitter came around. UGH. There is actually a way for people to post their Twitters with an LJ cut already configured in.. and NO ONE DOES THAT. WHY???

Anyway. Yes. I agree. It's stupid and way too random.
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[User Picture]From: rpkrajewski
2009-02-08 06:38 pm (UTC)
I dunno – some people (at least those whose LJs I read) don't tweet about what they're having for breakfast or if they're clipping their toenails, so I haven't minded it so far.
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[User Picture]From: sooz
2009-02-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
A++++++ POST!! WOULD READ AGAIN!!!!!!!! THX!
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[User Picture]From: taskboy3000
2009-02-08 09:45 pm (UTC)

twitter == /var/log/messages

I'm an old man. Try as I might, I cannot find a use for twitter. It reminds me of /var/log/messages on unix boxes. You never look at it until there's a problem. Twitter will probably be used mostly for forensic analysis.
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[User Picture]From: brianenigma
2009-02-08 10:41 pm (UTC)
I've been told it's for the people expounding 140 characters nuggets of genius (as opposed to 140 character bits of "what I'm doing now") to share with their non-twitter friends. I have yet to actually see this be the case.

It got so bad that I had to write a Greasemonkey script to filter out people's LJ cross-posts of Twitter, Delicious, and the like.
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[User Picture]From: scromp
2009-02-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
Quite! That said, I seem to have developed a curmudgeonly schtick of bitching about lj fads.
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From: jpeace
2009-02-09 09:19 am (UTC)
Because some people on this thing are full throttle superstars and I want anything of theirs I can get.

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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-02-09 09:20 am (UTC)
I do enjoy twitter myself, and I use it. It just feels like a medium that does NOT need to be preserved, much less broadcast.

But hey! Enjoy!
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From: jpeace
2009-02-09 09:41 am (UTC)
True story: I have a jar with your turd in it.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-02-09 09:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: chrishansenhome
2009-02-09 10:28 am (UTC)
I feel that, in a couple of years, if I didn't get around to blogging everyday at length about what was going on, the list of tweets for the day will remind me about what was going on. Keeping a record of my life, I suppose.

If I could turn them private someway...I'm not sure if the app will allow that.
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[User Picture]From: leolo
2009-02-09 04:26 pm (UTC)
You mean by pissing on it?
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[User Picture]From: gordonzola
2009-02-12 12:00 am (UTC)
yeah, no kidding. I am on the verge of defriending a bunch of folks for it but I think I'll probably just make a filter.
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