Random Factoid #569

2 08 2014

It’s been about 5 years since Twitter became a huge part of modern communication, and I’ve resisted it ever since.  Though my philosophy on the social media site has become more complex over time, here’s an excerpt from Random Factoid #258 back in April 2010 that pretty thoroughly explains my opposition:

“I hate Twitter and I will NEVER get one.  Ever.

Anyone who knows me or reads me is surely aware that I am a massive Facebook-er.  So why am I so opposed to Twitter?  Here’s my reason.

My least favorite part of Facebook is the status update.  I’m sorry, but I don’t want to know what you are doing at all times of the day.  If I do, I will go look at your profile.  So why on earth would I want to commit to Twitter, which is basically ONLY status updates.  Unless you are Jason Reitman, who fascinates me, I don’t want to know every little thought that pops into your head.

So, I will never get a personal (or blogging) Twitter.  You will NEVER catch me Tweeting.”

I don’t maintain a Twitter profile for “Marshall and the Movies,” yet I notice a few hits from the site every once in a while.  So, out of pure curiosity, I decided to search for my name and website on Twitter to see what was redirecting traffic to my site.

Well, as it turns out, Drafthouse Films saw my glowing review of their new film, “Nothing Bad Can Happen,” and quoted me in a tweet to hype up its release!  To my knowledge, this is the first time I’ve been quoted by a studio in promotional material.

Drafthouse Films

And on top of that, the stars of “Gimme the Loot” found my review and tweeted about it!

Gimme the Loot

So on an entirely self-serving level, maybe Twitter isn’t so bad!  I’m glad my writing is making small waves over there even though I remain a conscientious objector.





Random Factoid #457

28 10 2010

I’m calling excess alert right here.

The Academy – that’s right, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – has a Twitter.  The organization that gives out the Oscars, one of the classiest and most respected prizes in the business, has now stooped to the level of Ashton and Demi.  Clearly someone in their advertising department was bored and just had the thought, “Hmmm, I’ll make an AMPAS Twitter.”

Here are some of my predicted tweets in AMPAS’ future:

LOL just saw king’s speech – this will win something

Wonder who will wear the trashiest dress to the ceremony…

Remind me why we invited miley cyrus to present again?

What movie is meryl in this year?

Dark Knight Rises is great … no BP nom here tehehehe





Random Factoid #258

12 04 2010

Recently, I’ve been reading quite a bit on how to better reach people with my blog.  A constant suggestion is the use of social networking.

But here’s my thing: I hate Twitter and I will NEVER get one.  Ever.

Anyone who knows me or reads me is surely aware that I am a massive Facebook-er.  So why am I so opposed to Twitter?  Here’s my reason.

My least favorite part of Facebook is the status update.  I’m sorry, but I don’t want to know what you are doing at all times of the day.  If I do, I will go look at your profile.  So why on earth would I want to commit to Twitter, which is basically ONLY status updates.  Unless you are Jason Reitman, who fascinates me, I don’t want to know every little thought that pops into your head.

So, I will never get a personal (or blogging) Twitter.  You will NEVER catch me Tweeting.