Revision history for TwitterProjectMTH


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Last edited on 2010-05-05 14:54:13 by MadelineHenry
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TO-DO LIST:
++1) tie this in to ethos (credibility) re: "professional web presence" of individuals and creative types
2) glance through sagolla book a second time, pick out rhetorical themes to mention++
3) reread chapter 9 and accentuate conclusions from there
++4) throw all personal journal stuff on separate wiki page for people to browse for entertainment purposes
5) do not expect anyone to actually click on the link formed by item 4++
6) rehearse presentation, in between studying for wednesday's computer science final
7) destroy classmates with the awesome power of english.


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Edited on 2010-05-05 14:42:48 by MadelineHenry
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**BONUS NOTE:** I was late to the final because I chose to write a PowerPoint presentation about this topic. Writing this from class, I have no idea if I'll be using it -- but in any event, it exists [[http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dfxnkdpv_120f849p3gq here]]. Enjoy!
For this project, I had initially chosen to focus my efforts on defining how the use of Twitter has added credibility to the web presence of many online professionals, but it expanded more into how the personal connection manifests (through tweets) that assists in boosting credibility.
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For this project, I had initially chosen to focus my efforts on defining how the use of Twitter has added credibility to the web presence of many online professionals, but it expanded more into how a personal connection manifests that assists in boosting credibility.


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Edited on 2010-05-05 14:37:10 by MadelineHenry
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For this project, I had initially chosen to focus my efforts on defining how the use of Twitter has added credibility to the web presence of many online professionals, but it expanded more into how a personal connection manifests that assists in boosting credibility.
Conclusion:
- Twitter is a personal format, that allows us to communicate publicly using instant-message terms
- Twitter allows people a personal window into the lives of others
- These aspects have made Twitter the host of minor, tertiary "characters" of our lives
- These aspects are desirable to many web professionals, who rarely get the opportunity to be seen as 'people' outside their work
- Twitter is as public as you want it to be -- which can be used to strengthen your credibility, if used correctly
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For this project, I've chosen to focus my efforts on defining how the use of Twitter has added credibility to the web presence of many online professionals.


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Recently, [[http://gawker.com/5514584/ice+t-to-aimee-mann-eat-a-hot-bowl-of-dicks?skyline=true&s=i Ice-T and Aimee Mann had a public scuffle over Twitter]]. Here are two musical celebrities who have Twitter accounts with which they can express their personal lives to their fans. Aimee writes a cynical message about Ice to her fans; Ice catches wind of it, takes personal offense, and starts posturing with crazy threats, crass insults, and clever catchphrases. Aimee's response initially just looks like the messages of a scared, ignorant white girl, but anyone familiar with her rhetorical style can instantly see that they're dripping with sarcasm. Both players, whether consciously or not, are playing to their fanbases with these tactics, and both have had their credibility as professionals enhanced as a result; neither of them give off the impression that they're willing to kowtow to the emphatic opinions of an enemy party, and each of them do so in a way that fits their audience's expectations of them. In this "fight", both contestants come out victorious -- it's a dream come true!
++4) throw all personal journal stuff on separate wiki page for people to browse for entertainment purposes
5) do not expect anyone to actually click on the link formed by item 4++
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4) throw all personal journal stuff on separate wiki page for people to browse for entertainment purposes
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Edited on 2010-05-04 06:15:05 by MadelineHenry
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When applied to web professionals, this personal touch has the ability to enhance the credibility of anyone who takes advantage of it. Unless we know them personally, we often think of 'professionals' in terms of the work that they put out. As an example, let's take Frank Conniff. If you've only seen him through his work, you likely either know him as the character "TV's Frank" from the legacy TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 or from his current exploits as a member of Cinematic Titanic, a team of comedians who ridicule bad movies for fun and profit. His work doesn't serve as an avenue in which people can learn about him, but [[http://twitter.com/frankconniff his Twitter account]] exists basically for that very purpose; from it we now know he's into jazz, he has liberal political views, and often phrases his tweets in the form of jokes; though he uses the Twitter format to communicate about himself, he also uses them to entertain, which says something about the man himself: He wants to be seen as an entertaining person. Since he makes his living as a professional entertainer, this message works out great for him; it adds credibility to both him and his performance. His Twitter account currently has over three thousand followers, all of whom are currently reminded on a daily basis of his presence, not just as a funny person with cute interests, but as a tertiary character in their lives.
++1) tie this in to ethos (credibility) re: "professional web presence" of individuals and creative types
2) glance through sagolla book a second time, pick out rhetorical themes to mention++
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1) tie this in to ethos (credibility) re: "professional web presence" of individuals and creative types
2) glance through sagolla book a second time, pick out rhetorical themes to mention


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Edited on 2010-05-04 05:33:49 by MadelineHenry
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The 'personal' way in which Twitter professionals are able to address their audience can be attributed to the way in which tweets are constructed. **More often than not, they reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's life.** This can be expressed as dis/satisfaction with their present circumstances ("this just happened to me"; [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 example: Moult]]), but is also displayed in links to archival data ("hey, this old thing is what I've been thinking about"; [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 example: KartoonistKelly]]), photographs ("this is what immediately surrounds me"; [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/status/13336672348 example: PRguitarman]]), news items ("I just saw this -- check this out"; [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome/statuses/13352145185 example: Zarawesome]]), recent actions by the twitterer ("I made this; read it if you like"; [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/statuses/13352659623 example: PRguitarman]]), or even opinions ("I just thought of this"; [[http://twitter.com/JeffreyATW/statuses/13352919104 example: JeffreyATW]]). Even when tweets are retweeted, it follows this basic format ("I agree with this guy; everybody should see this"). Notice how every undercurrent has an 'I' statement of some sort? You could look at this as the reason Twitter has been criticized as an avenue of vanity, but consider what's been revealed so far. These are people we've chosen to follow; we want to hear about their exploits, else we wouldn't have followed them in the first place.
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The 'personal' way in which Twitter professionals are able to address their audience can be attributed to the way in which tweets are constructed. **More often than not, they reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's life.** This can be expressed as dis/satisfaction with their present circumstances ("this just happened to me" [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 example: Moult]]), but is also displayed in links to archival data ("hey, this is what I've been thinking about" [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 example: KartoonistKelly]]), photographs ("this is what immediately surrounds me" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/status/13336672348 example: PRguitarman]]), news items ("I just saw this -- check this out" [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome/statuses/13352145185 example: Zarawesome]]), recent actions by the twitterer ("I made this; read it if you like" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/statuses/13352659623 example: PRguitarman]]), or even opinions ("I just thought of this" [[http://twitter.com/JeffreyATW/statuses/13352919104 example: JeffreyATW]]). Even when tweets are retweeted, it follows this basic format ("I agree with this guy; everybody should see this"). Notice how every undercurrent has an 'I' statement of some sort? You could look at this as the reason Twitter has been criticized as an avenue of vanity, but consider what's been revealed so far. These are people we've chosen to follow; we want to hear about their exploits, else we wouldn't have followed them in the first place.


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Edited on 2010-05-04 05:32:13 by MadelineHenry
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Twitter is often referred to as a "microblog", but can also be perceived as an alternative (but not a replacement) to instant messaging. Imagine you found a brilliant burrito place in your immediate vicinity, and decided you had to spread the word to all your friends and help this business you've decided you love. Before Twitter, your course of action was to either call or instant-message your friends individually, or send out a single e-mail to a group of friends (which many people don't check very frequently). Now, you can just issue a public update to your Twitter account: "ATTENTION, ALBANY RESIDENTS: Bros Tacos, on the corner of Morris and Ontario, serves bombtastic mission-style burritos at brilliant prices." (example: [[https://twitter.com/Greenspeak/status/12948916208 Greenspeak]].) Suddenly, there it is, out in the open for everyone (or every one of your followers) to see, and thanks to the immediacy of the format, you can tweet this discovery from your cell phone at the place itself, while waiting for your food to cook!
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Twitter is often referred to as a "microblog", but can also be perceived as an alternative to instant messaging. Imagine you found a brilliant burrito place in your immediate vicinity, and decided you had to spread the word to all your friends and help this business you've decided you love. Before Twitter, your course of action was to either call or instant-message your friends individually, or send out a single e-mail to a group of friends (which many people don't check very frequently). Now, you can just issue a public update to your Twitter account: "ATTENTION, ALBANY RESIDENTS: Bros Tacos, on the corner of Morris and Ontario, serves bombtastic mission-style burritos at brilliant prices." (example: [[https://twitter.com/Greenspeak/status/12948916208 Greenspeak]].) Suddenly, there it is, out in the open for everyone (or every one of your followers) to see, and thanks to the immediacy of the format, you can tweet this discovery from your cell phone at the place itself, while waiting for your food to cook!


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Edited on 2010-05-04 05:31:15 by MadelineHenry
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The 'personal' way in which Twitter professionals are able to address their audience can be attributed to the way in which tweets are constructed. **More often than not, they reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's life.** This can be expressed as dis/satisfaction with their present circumstances ("this just happened to me" [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 example: Moult]]), but is also displayed in links to archival data ("hey, this is what I've been thinking about" [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 example: KartoonistKelly]]), photographs ("this is what immediately surrounds me" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/status/13336672348 example: PRguitarman]]), news items ("I just saw this -- check this out" [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome/statuses/13352145185 example: Zarawesome]]), recent actions by the twitterer ("I made this; read it if you like" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/statuses/13352659623 example: PRguitarman]]), or even opinions ("I just thought of this" [[http://twitter.com/JeffreyATW/statuses/13352919104 example: JeffreyATW]]). Even when tweets are retweeted, it follows this basic format ("I agree with this guy; everybody should see this"). Notice how every undercurrent has an 'I' statement of some sort? You could look at this as the reason Twitter has been criticized as an avenue of vanity, but consider what's been revealed so far. These are people we've chosen to follow; we want to hear about their exploits, else we wouldn't have followed them in the first place.
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The 'personal' way in which Twitter professionals are able to address their audience can be attributed to the way in which tweets are constructed. **More often than not, they reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's life.** This can be expressed as dis/satisfaction with their present circumstances ("this just happened to me" [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 example: Moult]]), but is also displayed in links to archival data ("hey, this is what I've been thinking about"), photographs ("this is what immediately surrounds me" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/status/13336672348 example: PRguitarman]]), news items ("I just saw this -- check this out" [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome/statuses/13352145185 example: Zarawesome]]), recent actions by the twitterer ("I made this; read it if you like" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/statuses/13352659623 example: PRguitarman]]), or even opinions ("I just thought of this" [[http://twitter.com/JeffreyATW/statuses/13352919104 example: JeffreyATW]]). Even when tweets are retweeted, it follows this basic format ("I agree with this guy; everybody should see this"). Notice how every undercurrent has an 'I' statement of some sort? You could look at this as the reason Twitter has been criticized as an avenue of vanity, but consider what's been revealed so far. These are people we've chosen to follow; we want to hear about their exploits, else we wouldn't have followed them in the first place.


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**NOTE:** This article was formerly host to a thousand-plus words used to get my thoughts together. The complete, unedited version of an early draft can be found at TwitterNotesMTH.
For this project, I've chosen to focus my efforts on defining how the use of Twitter has added credibility to the web presence of many online professionals.
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The 'personal' way in which Twitter professionals are able to address their audience can be attributed to the way in which tweets are constructed. **More often than not, they reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's life.** This can be expressed as dis/satisfaction with their present circumstances ("this just happened to me" [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 example: Moult]]), but is also displayed in links to archival data ("hey, this is what I've been thinking about"), photographs ("this is what immediately surrounds me" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/status/13336672348 example: PRguitarman]]), news items ("I just saw this -- check this out" [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome/statuses/13352145185 example: Zarawesome]]), recent actions by the twitterer ("I made this; read it if you like" [[http://twitter.com/PRguitarman/statuses/13352659623 example: PRguitarman]]), or even opinions ("I just thought of this" [[http://twitter.com/JeffreyATW/statuses/13352919104 example: JeffreyATW]]). Even when tweets are retweeted, it follows this basic format ("I agree with this guy; everybody should see this"). Notice how every undercurrent has an 'I' statement of some sort? You could look at this as the reason Twitter has been criticized as an avenue of vanity, but consider what's been revealed so far. These are people we've chosen to follow; we want to hear about their exploits, else we wouldn't have followed them in the first place.
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**NOTE:** This article was formerly host to a thousand-plus words used to get my thoughts together. The complete, unedited version of an early draft can be found at TwitterNotesMTH.
People to report on (just as examples):
- [[http://twitter.com/frankconniff FrankConniff]]: Frank Conniff, former MST3K writer ("TV's Frank"), current Cinematic Titanic member
- [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome Zarawesome]]: Guilherme Toews, independent game designer, creator of "Zeta's World" and "Eversion"
- [[http://twitter.com/moult Moult]]: James Roberts, online comic artist
- [[http://twitter.com/kartoonistkelly KartoonistKelly]]: Walt Kelly, editorial cartoonist for The Onion
- [[http://twitter.com/taswell Taswell]], [[http://twitter.com/JeffGerstmann JeffGerstmann]], [[http://twitter.com/BradShoemaker Brad Shoemaker]], [[http://twitter.com/VinnyCaravella VinnyCaravella]]: Ryan Davis, Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker, and Vinny Caravella, the four most public staff members of game website Giant Bomb (twitter tag: [[http://twitter.com/GiantBomb GiantBomb]]).
- [[http://twitter.com/the_real_shaq THE_REAL_SHAQ]]: Shaquille O'Neal, professional basketball superstar and incredible rhetorician
- [[http://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN]]: Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series of video games (among other insanely popular works)
- [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty commanderkitty]]: Fictional character Commander Kitty of the online comic of the same name, commenting on recent developments in his world.
- [[http://twitter.com/igndotcom igndotcom]]: 'hash account' of real or imagined quotes that mimic #1 gaming site IGN's ridiculous rhetorical style
- They reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's personal life! They could represent a need or a want, or serve as a simple expression of dis/satisfaction with the twitterer's current situation. Ex: [[http://twitter.com/julianwilbury/status/12437678635 JulianWilbury]], [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 Moult]], [[http://twitter.com/mopinks/status/12641932529 mopinks]].
- Even when the tweet serves as a reference to archival data, it still contains a hidden message: "For all interested, this is what's currently on my mind." Ex: [[http://twitter.com/Shortpacked/status/12641131638 Shortpacked]], [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 KartoonistKelly]], [[http://twitter.com/mopinks/status/12600776127 mopinks]].


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**NOTE:** This article was formerly host to a thousand-plus words used to get my thoughts together. The complete, unedited version of an early draft can be found at TwitterNotesMTH.
The other example -- and this is an extreme one, but it represents a larger phenomenon -- is from the one and only [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty @commanderkitty]]. His account reflects a series of goings-on in the made-up world of a fictional character where cartoon animals engage in massive space-battles. His account is updated sporadically, and the relevance of each individual entry can occasionally be called into question, but it serves two purposes. The first is to act as a notification for all his followers that a new update to his webcomic is available to be read. The second is to introduce a sequential narrative through the act of notification; in order to determine exactly what [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 one of his tweets]] refers to, they must head over to the [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/12/13/if-its-not-one-thing/ corresponding strip]]. The fact that the notifications are presented as an inner monologue is key; it gives us further insight to the character's motivation and gives us a window into his own little world. What's important to note, here, is that this situation is not exclusive to this fictional character (or even just to fictional characters alone), but to every person you follow on Twitter. Following someone gives you small snippets of their way of thinking, and helps complete an image of them in your mind; in this sense, Twitter accounts host the characters in our lives.
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**PROJECT DIARY, PT. 1, APRIL WHATEVER, 2010:** Currently typing notes from E-Rhetoric class, second-to-last of semester. Exigence: an imperfection in one's life characterized by a symbolic action. Bear in mind: Project is meant to characterize the rhetorical situation of an array of tweets by a focus, whether it be on exigence, ethos, or some other element of traditional rhetoric. Keep commentary interpretive and analytical.
//personal notes:// Last week's inability to get up and head to class (due to a screwed-up sleep schedule punctuated by random illness) has been particularly regrettable, since this feels like a course I could've really connected with. Not that I expect it'll hurt my final project -- last week also showed that I have a knack for putting out amazing work when the chips are down -- but it would have been fantastic to participate more in class. Maybe next semester, when I get my driver's license (and a car to use it with).
Unlike most other classroom participants, I have //hell of Twitter experiences// which can be drawn upon to a distinct and clear advantage. I feel like I could whip up a PowerPoint presentation about this material in the span of twenty minutes, but this comes at the cost of having most of my perceptions about Twitter's rhetorical situation already defined for me. **Remember to ground arguments with amazing sources. //Cite page numbers, even!//**
So, the first thing needed is to choose some people to focus on. I have a sizable suite of quirky celebs, creative Internet types, crazy furries, and random dudes to pick from. Others may choose Roger Ebert or Conan O'Brien; I have others.
//~Off-the-cuff notes section:~// This is what I think of Twitter! Time to arrange my thoughts in a simplistic fashion, and blow everyone's minds with my perceptive reasoning even at this early stage. Now would definitely be a time to note that these self-referential monologues will be left on the wiki in one form or another, though I may drop them into a separate page for the sake of professionalism and clarity. At this point I've read up to part 10 of the Sagolla book (author's name spellchecked via a glance at a neighbor's book), with the rest to follow soon; this has given me the superhuman ability to identify tweets by certain characteristics, though I can't recall any off the top of my head. I'll consult my Kindle edition sometime between now and 10 minutes before the final presentation to give myself some perspective.
**PROJECT DIARY, PT. 2, PROBABLY ALMOST MAY NOW:** Prof. Morgan just approached me as I shamefully walked into class five minutes late! Final is **May 5th, 2010**, which I know is a week or so from the time of this entry. I don't have to present, since I'm working alone -- which takes away a fair amount of the pressure this project can exert on my rugged frame, but comes at the cost of not getting to display my spectacular insights to those in this class who clearly have better things to do than develop a certain level of //savvy// in relation to Internet topics. Having just delivered a functional prototype of Battleship for my Computer Science class, a swank presentation about Electronic Arts to Intro to Business, and a brilliant watercolor piece to Visual Foundations I, this project is //practically// the only thing left for me to blow out of the effin' water this semester.
Sagolla book has been finished, though I've neglected to bring elements of it into the project just yet. In fact, if you asked me right now to come up with one concise point the book made, I would shuffle uncomfortably in my chair until you got the message and moved on to some other topic. I'll be remedying this over the course of the next week. I've decided to continue my focus on ethos (character), since this is the topic that fascinates me the most; ProWebPresenceProject illuminated for me the idea that anyone with a creative presence on the Internet has a public identity to maintain, in order to ensure that he or she is seen as having their desired level of credibility. In this sense, Twitter can serve as a massive benefit.
**PROJECT DIARY PT. 3, UH (glances) MAY 3RD, 1:54 AM:** From today forward, my schoolwork will be devoted exclusively to this project until the //instant// everybody's reports are read.
**PROJECT DIARY PT. 4, MAY 3RD, 4:39 AM:** My keyboard spontaneously disintegrated in front of me! The loaner from my roommate appears to be clad in all manner of toxic substances, but the project must rage on. Let's discuss, now, the 'form' of the tweet.
The other example -- and this is an extreme one, but it represents a larger phenomenon -- is from the one and only [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty @commanderkitty]]. His account reflects a series of goings-on in the made-up world of a fictional character where cartoon animals engage in massive space-battles. His account is updated sporadically, and the relevance of each individual entry can occasionally be called into question, but it serves two purposes. The first is to act as a notification for all his followers that a new update to his webcomic is available to be read. The second is to introduce a sequential narrative through the act of notification; in order to determine exactly what [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 one of his tweets]] refers to, they must head over to the [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/12/13/if-its-not-one-thing/ corresponding strip]]. The fact that the notifications are presented as an inner monologue is key; it gives us further insight to the character's motivation and gives us a window into his own little world. What's important to note, here, is that this situation is not exclusive to this fictional character (or even just to fictional characters alone), but to every person you follow on Twitter.


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Edited on 2010-05-03 05:48:14 by MadelineHenry
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TO-DO LIST:
1) tie this in to ethos (credibility) re: "professional web presence" of individuals and creative types
2) glance through sagolla book a second time, pick out rhetorical themes to mention
3) reread chapter 9 and accentuate conclusions from there
4) throw all personal journal stuff on separate wiki page for people to browse for entertainment purposes
5) do not expect anyone to actually click on the link formed by item 4
6) rehearse presentation, in between studying for wednesday's computer science final
7) destroy classmates with the awesome power of english.


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Edited on 2010-05-03 05:15:06 by MadelineHenry
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The other example -- and this is an extreme one, but it represents a larger phenomenon -- is from the one and only [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty @commanderkitty]]. His account reflects a series of goings-on in the made-up world of a fictional character where cartoon animals engage in massive space-battles. His account is updated sporadically, and the relevance of each individual entry can occasionally be called into question, but it serves two purposes. The first is to act as a notification for all his followers that a new update to his webcomic is available to be read. The second is to introduce a sequential narrative through the act of notification; in order to determine exactly what [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 one of his tweets]] refers to, they must head over to the [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/12/13/if-its-not-one-thing/ corresponding strip]]. The fact that the notifications are presented as an inner monologue is key; it gives us further insight to the character's motivation and gives us a window into his own little world. What's important to note, here, is that this situation is not exclusive to this fictional character (or even just to fictional characters alone), but to every person you follow on Twitter.
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The other example -- and this is an extreme one, but it represents a larger phenomenon -- is from the one and only [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty @commanderkitty]]. His account reflects a series of goings-on in the made-up world of a fictional character where cartoon animals engage in massive space-battles. His account is updated sporadically, and the relevance of each individual entry can occasionally be called into question, but it serves two purposes. The first is to act as a notification for all his followers that a new update to his webcomic is available to be read. The second is to introduce a sequential narrative through the act of notification; in order to determine exactly what [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 one of his tweets]] refers to, they must head over to the [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 corresponding strip]]. The fact that the notifications are presented as an inner monologue is key; it gives us further insight to the character's motivation and gives us a window into his own little world. What's important to note, here, is that this situation is not exclusive to this fictional character (or even just to fictional characters alone), but to every person you follow on Twitter.


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The other example -- and this is an extreme one, but it represents a larger phenomenon -- is from the one and only [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty @commanderkitty]]. His account reflects a series of goings-on in the made-up world of a fictional character where cartoon animals engage in massive space-battles. His account is updated sporadically, and the relevance of each individual entry can occasionally be called into question, but it serves two purposes. The first is to act as a notification for all his followers that a new update to his webcomic is available to be read. The second is to introduce a sequential narrative through the act of notification; in order to determine exactly what [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 one of his tweets]] refers to, they must head over to the [[http://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/6637897813 corresponding strip]]. The fact that the notifications are presented as an inner monologue is key; it gives us further insight to the character's motivation and gives us a window into his own little world. What's important to note, here, is that this situation is not exclusive to this fictional character (or even just to fictional characters alone), but to every person you follow on Twitter.
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||@@{{image url="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_fKTRo-PxzEk/S960el7ijjI/AAAAAAAAAhc/vGRoAWkJYGU/s800/twitterproject01.png" title="TabbieWolf educates me on the characteristics of good ice cream." alt="Let's hope she doesn't hold my use of this conversation against me. ^^"}}
//##In this conversation, I'm the one with a face.##//@@||
||@@It was a small interaction, but I feel like I know her slightly better as a result of it. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, this is what the practice of 'getting to know somebody' is all about: small conversations like these, about small, inconsequential things. Here I was taking an active role, but most Twitter communication is passive; you absorb information from your followers and only respond to what you consider necessary. Noteworthy about this is how every message in this sequence is available to the general public at a moment's notice; from this, you can glean the idea that she and I are acquainted, though in the context of Twitter, conversations like this are also appropriate between total strangers.@@||
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||{{image url="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_fKTRo-PxzEk/S960el7ijjI/AAAAAAAAAhc/vGRoAWkJYGU/s800/twitterproject01.png" title="TabbieWolf educates me on the characteristics of good ice cream." alt="Let's hope she doesn't hold my use of this conversation against me. ^^"}}
//##@@In this conversation, I'm the one with a face.@@##//||@@It was a small interaction, but I feel like I know her slightly better as a result of it. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, this is what the practice of 'getting to know somebody' is all about: small conversations like these, about small, inconsequential things. Here I was taking an active role, but most Twitter communication is passive; you absorb information from your followers and only respond to what you consider necessary. Noteworthy about this is how every message in this sequence is available to the general public at a moment's notice; from this, you can glean the idea that she and I are acquainted, though in the context of Twitter, conversations like this are also appropriate between total strangers.@@||


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||{{image url="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_fKTRo-PxzEk/S960el7ijjI/AAAAAAAAAhc/vGRoAWkJYGU/s800/twitterproject01.png" title="TabbieWolf educates me on the characteristics of good ice cream." alt="Let's hope she doesn't hold my use of this conversation against me. ^^"}}
//##@@In this conversation, I'm the one with a face.@@##//||@@It was a small interaction, but I feel like I know her slightly better as a result of it. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, this is what the practice of 'getting to know somebody' is all about: small conversations like these, about small, inconsequential things. Here I was taking an active role, but most Twitter communication is passive; you absorb information from your followers and only respond to what you consider necessary. Noteworthy about this is how every message in this sequence is available to the general public at a moment's notice; from this, you can glean the idea that she and I are acquainted, though in the context of Twitter, conversations like this are also appropriate between total strangers.@@||
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@@{{image url="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_fKTRo-PxzEk/S960el7ijjI/AAAAAAAAAhc/vGRoAWkJYGU/s800/twitterproject01.png" title="TabbieWolf educates me on the characteristics of good ice cream." alt="Let's hope she doesn't hold it against me. ^^"}}@@
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//general form://
//rhetors://
Criticism of Twitter seems to be focused on the notion that anyone involved in updating a throng of followers on the dull minutiae that defines one's life is clearly incredibly vain and cynical, if only because they assume that people will read these updates to begin with. To someone like me on the inside, this feels like a shortsighted and poorly-researched criticism! It either assumes that no single piece of English under 140 characters is worth reading on its own, that people with Twitter accounts have nothing to write about other than bland minutiae, or that certain minutiae isn't made either exciting or worth reading when written by someone you genuinely care about.
Now, granted, there's a line to be drawn; if someone tweets from the bathroom about what certain orifices are up to, for instance, it's common practice to instantly consider them dead to you! But otherwise, two examples come to mind. The first is [[http://twitter.com/tabbiewolf/status/13150788712 something a friend said a while ago]] which, while innocuous to the outsider, initiated a conversation that helped me learn more about her:
@@{{image url="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_fKTRo-PxzEk/S960el7ijjI/AAAAAAAAAhc/vGRoAWkJYGU/s800/twitterproject01.png" title="TabbieWolf educates me on the characteristics of good ice cream." alt="Let's hope she doesn't hold it against me. ^^"}}@@
It was a small interaction, but I feel like I know her slightly better as a result of it.
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People to report on (just as examples):
This sounds like a digression about the wonders of technology, but it's leading to a point, and that point is this: Where in other formats you would be required to contact an array of specific people, Twitter has the benefit of being only as public as you want it to be. Topics that were once only kept in private communication archives attached to AOL Instant Messenger accounts are now freely available to be looked at anywhere. On the Internet, it's difficult to strike up a conversation with many professionals, since they typically cannot be readily contacted for a friendly chat unless you either already know them personally or do something noteworthy that gains their attention. If that professional wants to communicate with his or her fanbase, their options are limited; they can put up a blog, send out an e-mail to a mailing list, or send out a tweet and let everyone know what they're up to. Because the format has a certain level of personal communication to it, it gives the impression that he or she is initiating a dialogue with their fans, and even allows those fans to message them right back.
**PROJECT DIARY PT. 4, MAY 3RD, 4:39 AM:** My keyboard spontaneously disintegrated in front of me! The loaner from my roommate appears to be clad in all manner of toxic substances, but the project must rage on. Let's discuss, now, the 'form' of the tweet.
General Form:
Thanks to the technological limitations of SMS services, tweets take up 140 characters of the 160 available in a standard text message; the remaining characters are taken up by usernames and //possibly// other metadata. If you use the website or a Twitter application on your computer/handheld computing device, however, you can send more data along with your tweet. This is typically used to create a link to someone you've decided to respond to, if your tweet contains a response (example [[http://twitter.com/SpotWeld/statuses/13287093824 here]], 'in reply to tabbiewolf'), which contributes nicely to the notion that Twitter can be used not just to update, but to converse. Websites exist to artificially extend this limit ([[http://twitlonger.com TwitLonger]] is an example), but though they can occasionally have 'legitimate' uses -- the natural compactness of many Asian languages makes it a valuable resource when translating tweets that were 140 characters long in their native language ([[http://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/13000794609 example]]) -- they are rarely used as such.
But //why?// Well, it requires you to click a separate link to read more, and that's a pretty big turnoff if you want your message to be read by an audience on a website typically suited to absorbing information in microblog-formatted messages. I am certain, however, that even if Twitter messages could be 250+ characters long, the format itself would suffer immensely! Twitter's 140-character limit does more than encourage brevity in communicating concepts; it also caters to an audience's need to see the current status of a person without being hindered by superfluous language or the overwrought restatement of key issues. "You. Okay, now you. You next. Oh, you installed Ubuntu? How sad." This rapid-fire effect enables followers to follow more accounts, and stay current with a larger amount of people in a smaller frame of time. Brevity creates a social sphere.
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- Content
- Etiquette
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People to report on:
This sounds like a digression about the wonders of technology, but it's leading to a point, and that point is this: Where in other formats you would be required to contact an array of specific people, Twitter has the benefit of being only as public as you want it to be. Topics that were once only kept in private communication archives attached to AOL Instant Messenger accounts are now freely available to be looked at anywhere. On the Internet, it's difficult to strike up a conversation with many professionals, since they typically cannot be readily contacted for a friendly chat unless you either already know them personally or do something noteworthy that gains their attention. If that professional wants to communicate with his or her fanbase, their options are limited; they can put up a blog, send out an e-mail to a mailing list, or send out a tweet and let everyone know what they're up to. Because the format has a certain level of personal communication to it (as outlined earlier), it gives the impression that he or she is initiating a dialogue with their fans, and even allows those fans to message them right back.


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**PROJECT DIARY PT. 3, UH (glances) MAY 3RD, 1:54 AM:** From today forward, my schoolwork will be devoted exclusively to this project until the //instant// everybody's reports are read.


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Additions:
- [[http://twitter.com/the_real_shaq THE_REAL_SHAQ]]: Shaquille O'Neal, professional basketball superstar and incredible rhetorician
- [[http://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN]]: Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series of video games (among other insanely popular works)
- Even when the tweet serves as a reference to archival data, it still contains a hidden message: "For all interested, this is what's currently on my mind." Ex: [[http://twitter.com/Shortpacked/status/12641131638 Shortpacked]], [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 KartoonistKelly]], [[http://twitter.com/mopinks/status/12600776127 mopinks]].
**PROJECT DIARY, PT. 2, PROBABLY ALMOST MAY NOW:** Prof. Morgan just approached me as I shamefully walked into class five minutes late! Final is **May 5th, 2010**, which I know is a week or so from the time of this entry. I don't have to present, since I'm working alone -- which takes away a fair amount of the pressure this project can exert on my rugged frame, but comes at the cost of not getting to display my spectacular insights to those in this class who clearly have better things to do than develop a certain level of //savvy// in relation to Internet topics. Having just delivered a functional prototype of Battleship for my Computer Science class, a swank presentation about Electronic Arts to Intro to Business, and a brilliant watercolor piece to Visual Foundations I, this project is //practically// the only thing left for me to blow out of the effin' water this semester.
Sagolla book has been finished, though I've neglected to bring elements of it into the project just yet. In fact, if you asked me right now to come up with one concise point the book made, I would shuffle uncomfortably in my chair until you got the message and moved on to some other topic. I'll be remedying this over the course of the next week. I've decided to continue my focus on ethos (character), since this is the topic that fascinates me the most; ProWebPresenceProject illuminated for me the idea that anyone with a creative presence on the Internet has a public identity to maintain, in order to ensure that he or she is seen as having their desired level of credibility. In this sense, Twitter can serve as a massive benefit.
Twitter is often referred to as a "microblog", but can also be perceived as an alternative to instant messaging. Imagine you found a brilliant burrito place in your immediate vicinity, and decided you had to spread the word to all your friends and help this business you've decided you love. Before Twitter, your course of action was to either call or instant-message your friends individually, or send out a single e-mail to a group of friends (which many people don't check very frequently). Now, you can just issue a public update to your Twitter account: "ATTENTION, ALBANY RESIDENTS: Bros Tacos, on the corner of Morris and Ontario, serves bombtastic mission-style burritos at brilliant prices." (example: [[https://twitter.com/Greenspeak/status/12948916208 Greenspeak]].) Suddenly, there it is, out in the open for everyone (or every one of your followers) to see, and thanks to the immediacy of the format, you can tweet this discovery from your cell phone at the place itself, while waiting for your food to cook!
This sounds like a digression about the wonders of technology, but it's leading to a point, and that point is this: Where in other formats you would be required to contact an array of specific people, Twitter has the benefit of being only as public as you want it to be. Topics that were once only kept in private communication archives attached to AOL Instant Messenger accounts are now freely available to be looked at anywhere. On the Internet, it's difficult to strike up a conversation with many professionals, since they typically cannot be readily contacted for a friendly chat unless you either already know them personally or do something noteworthy that gains their attention. If that professional wants to communicate with his or her fanbase, their options are limited; they can put up a blog, send out an e-mail to a mailing list, or send out a tweet and let everyone know what they're up to. Because the format has a certain level of personal communication to it (as outlined earlier), it gives the impression that he or she is initiating a dialogue with their fans, and even allows those fans to message them right back.
Deletions:
- [[http://twitter.com/the_real_shaq THE_REAL_SHAQ]]: Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player and incredible rhetorician
- [[http://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN]]: Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid (among other luminary game series)
More to follow, maybe! Or not! I don't know!!
- Even when the tweet serves as a reference to archival data, it still contains a hidden message: "For all interested, this is currently on my mind." Ex: [[http://twitter.com/Shortpacked/status/12641131638 Shortpacked]], [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 KartoonistKelly]], [[http://twitter.com/mopinks/status/12600776127 mopinks]].


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- [[http://twitter.com/frankconniff FrankConniff]]: Frank Conniff, former MST3K writer ("TV's Frank"), current Cinematic Titanic member
- [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome Zarawesome]]: Guilherme Toews, independent game designer, creator of "Zeta's World" and "Eversion"
- [[http://twitter.com/kartoonistkelly KartoonistKelly]]: Walt Kelly, editorial cartoonist for The Onion
- [[http://twitter.com/the_real_shaq THE_REAL_SHAQ]]: Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player and incredible rhetorician
- [[http://twitter.com/moult Moult]]: James Roberts, online comic artist
- [[http://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN]]: Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid (among other luminary game series)
- [[http://twitter.com/taswell Taswell]], [[http://twitter.com/JeffGerstmann JeffGerstmann]], [[http://twitter.com/BradShoemaker Brad Shoemaker]], [[http://twitter.com/VinnyCaravella VinnyCaravella]]: Ryan Davis, Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker, and Vinny Caravella, the four most public staff members of game website Giant Bomb (twitter tag: [[http://twitter.com/GiantBomb GiantBomb]]).
- [[http://twitter.com/commanderkitty commanderkitty]]: Fictional character Commander Kitty of the online comic of the same name, commenting on recent developments in his world.
- [[http://twitter.com/igndotcom igndotcom]]: 'hash account' of real or imagined quotes that mimic #1 gaming site IGN's ridiculous rhetorical style
More to follow, maybe! Or not! I don't know!!
//~Off-the-cuff notes section:~// This is what I think of Twitter! Time to arrange my thoughts in a simplistic fashion, and blow everyone's minds with my perceptive reasoning even at this early stage. Now would definitely be a time to note that these self-referential monologues will be left on the wiki in one form or another, though I may drop them into a separate page for the sake of professionalism and clarity. At this point I've read up to part 10 of the Sagolla book (author's name spellchecked via a glance at a neighbor's book), with the rest to follow soon; this has given me the superhuman ability to identify tweets by certain characteristics, though I can't recall any off the top of my head. I'll consult my Kindle edition sometime between now and 10 minutes before the final presentation to give myself some perspective.
- They reflect the immediate situation that surrounds the rhetor's personal life! They could represent a need or a want, or serve as a simple expression of dis/satisfaction with the twitterer's current situation. Ex: [[http://twitter.com/julianwilbury/status/12437678635 JulianWilbury]], [[http://twitter.com/moult/status/12475040779 Moult]], [[http://twitter.com/mopinks/status/12641932529 mopinks]].
- Even when the tweet serves as a reference to archival data, it still contains a hidden message: "For all interested, this is currently on my mind." Ex: [[http://twitter.com/Shortpacked/status/12641131638 Shortpacked]], [[http://twitter.com/KartoonistKelly/status/12640073083 KartoonistKelly]], [[http://twitter.com/mopinks/status/12600776127 mopinks]].
Deletions:
-- [[http://twitter.com/frankconniff FrankConniff]]: Frank Conniff, former MST3K writer ("TV's Frank"), current Cinematic Titanic member
-- [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome Zarawesome]]: Guilherme Toews, independent game designer, creator of "Zeta's World" and "Eversion"
-- [[http://twitter.com/kartoonistkelly KartoonistKelly]]: Walt Kelly, editorial cartoonist for The Onion
-- [[http://twitter.com/the_real_shaq THE_REAL_SHAQ]]: Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player and incredible rhetorician
-- [[http://twitter.com/moult Moult]]: James Roberts, online comic artist
-- [[http://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN]]: Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid (among other luminary game series)
-- [[http://twitter.com/igndotcom igndotcom]]: 'hash account' of real or imagined quotes that mimic #1 gaming site IGN's ridiculous rhetorical style
//~Off-the-cuff notes section:~//


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Edited on 2010-04-22 08:39:31 by MadelineHenry
Additions:
-- [[http://twitter.com/frankconniff FrankConniff]]: Frank Conniff, former MST3K writer ("TV's Frank"), current Cinematic Titanic member
-- [[http://twitter.com/zarawesome Zarawesome]]: Guilherme Toews, independent game designer, creator of "Zeta's World" and "Eversion"
-- [[http://twitter.com/kartoonistkelly KartoonistKelly]]: Walt Kelly, editorial cartoonist for The Onion
-- [[http://twitter.com/the_real_shaq THE_REAL_SHAQ]]: Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player and incredible rhetorician
-- [[http://twitter.com/moult Moult]]: James Roberts, online comic artist
-- [[http://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN]]: Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid (among other luminary game series)
-- [[http://twitter.com/igndotcom igndotcom]]: 'hash account' of real or imagined quotes that mimic #1 gaming site IGN's ridiculous rhetorical style
//~Off-the-cuff notes section:~//
Deletions:
-- FrankConniff: Frank Conniff, former MST3K writer ("TV's Frank"), current Cinematic Titanic member
-- Zarawesome: Guilherme Toews, independent game designer, creator of "Zeta's World" and "Eversion"
-- KartoonistKelly: Walt Kelly, editorial cartoonist for The Onion
-- THE_REAL_SHAQ: Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player and incredible rhetorician
-- igndotcom: 'hash account' of real or imagined quotes that mimic #1 gaming site IGN's ridiculous rhetorical style
More to follow!


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