Down with Twitter

 Posted by at 15:46  Down with
Nov 232013
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“For me, the most fascinating interface is Twitter. I have odd cosmic thoughts every day and I realized I could hold them to myself or share them with people who might be interested.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Now I get it. Twitter is not for the hoi polloi. It’s a place where the elites can cast pearls before swine and smirk. No wonder I’m frustrated. I apparently don’t have the intellectual gravitas for Twitter. Cognoscenti use Twitter is for sharing those cosmic thoughts that regularly pop into their brains. Lately those cosmic insights for my brain seem to be in short supply. My impression of Twitter was that it was a place to post snappy one liners. Not that I’ve even been good at those either but, at least, I’ve got a chance.

twitterWhat could be more appealing than an audience panting for your input? Theoretically, the idea of a forum for pithy insights is appealing. Something happens. Your synapses crackle. The brain responds but then there’s a problem. What do you do with your inspiration? Blurt it out like fool with Tourettes? Write a letter to the New York Times? Share it with your brain trust? It’s not easy. If you leave it unsaid, it’s like the tree falling in the forest- nobody will know. You brain will explode. It’s a disaster.

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Ralph is the inspiration for Cantankerous Old Coots and is our Grand Duke of Cantankerousness

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I was just looking at some numbers here on the ol’ Coots blog and I found something interesting.  It seems our tweet out when posted plugin is not working.  At all.  Looking further, there are no updates, the plugin blog post on the developer site is from 2008.  Finally, I have switched plugins.


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That in itself is not big news, what is surprising is this, the past 2 posts that have gone out this week have had 11 and 17 views.  The two before that have had 42 and 37 views.  That tells me there are not many people actually reading these posts on their own and Twitter is a huge tool in the promotion of this blog.  This particular post should go out into the Twitterverse and lets see just how many hits it generates.

Now, I have read volumes of stuff about how to make blogs happen and get bigger.  Twitter is good but sharing, out there with people, gets more people here to read our stuff.  If this is your first time here, good deal.  Share with your friends using those nifty buttons at the bottom.

If this blog is your guilty pleasure and you don’t want people to know you read it, sneak some links out and about for us.  We won’t tell.

If you are so inclined, add something to the comments!  We love to hear inane babble er, constructive comments from our readers.  Ralph has been the main writer here for far too long and maybe you are just getting tired of him and his rants about traveling the world and all of the hardships associated with living in California.  Apparently, he is losing his ranting mojo as evidenced by this post earlier in the week.

Or maybe you are just excited to get some Bob back into the cantankerousness with his last two posts, part 1 and part 2.  Maybe you just don’t care.   But, with 2013 fast dwindling we need to raise our alexa score so that we can get some advertising to help pay for this adventure.

Please, share, comment, blast us with incredulity, or find your own cantankerousness and write a guest post.  You will not be sorry.


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Justin is the young Coot with a Cantankerous Soul who continues to be educated by older, more cootish Ralph and Bob. His Cantankerosity is his own.

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