A couple of years back one of the few TV shows I watch, The Voice
began, occasionally, telling me that such and such a contestant or such and
such a judge was trending
on Twitter. Though I have a Twitter account, I have not even signed into it more than a few times. So these little
mentions of what was trending
would pull me out of my escapist mindset and would make me start thinking exactly that.... I never sign into
my Twitter account because I don't care what's trending and what isn't...
In fact my ONLY "tweet" ever was something to the effect of "Do eighty million people really need to know what Ashton Kutcher ate for lunch???"
This past Monday night I chose to partake in a rare enjoyment of mine. I watched professional wresting on cable. The first or second time I've done so
since having access to cable again - after a four year period of not having it. And I realized that not five minutes would pass without some announcer
or graphic popping up to let me know what was freaking trending
! It really irked me and ruined my enjoyment of the show. It kept pulling me OUT
of the experience.
So, just now, I wanted to research a post I was contemplating making, to fact check something, so I opened a new tab, arbitrarily chose Bing
a search engine for my query, typed in what I wished, pushed enter, and began reading my results... only I immediately began to be bothered by a large
bar on the right of my screen that I don't recall seeing ( or noticing ) before. And what did it say???
Now C'MON!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure that some dude made two hundred gazillion bucks for creating Twitter. And good for him. And I know that there are a LOT
of people who just love to "tweet" every eighteen seconds so that they can feel like they are celebrities in their own little worlds. Hell, I was a
prominent blogger once upon a time and I know my ego got stoked as I watched my hit count rise. But, for the love of Pete, BING wasn't using 1/3 of
their page space to tell the entire 'Net that I'd blogged! Katie Couric never broke out of a news story to say "Trending... Heff (or any of you
either) just posted a thread to ATS!
Twitter is a place to tell people what mundane thing you just did. So why are words like "bathroom" "food" and "bored" not trending??? Huh??????? I
say "Kim Kardashian" maybe
once every three months. I eat, sleep, use the bathroom, and get bored way more often than that. So why is KK nearly
If you love Twitter? Awesome! God love ya. I don't spite you one bit. I don't even spite Twitter itself. It's a genius idea of how to turn some simple
code into a vast fortune. But does every single friggin' media entity in the entire known universe really have to update me on what's trending
every five seconds???
Am I the ONLY one who has just had it up to ~here~ with the whole trending thing?
Now if you really want to put me into the looney bin, get half a billion people to tweet to this link to this thread - which will make ME trend. Then,
when the guy on TV says "BTW, Hefficide is trending on Twitter" I promise you, I will fall into a fetal ball and never get back up.
edit on 9/29/12 by Hefficide because: typo -