One of the many luminaries I follow on Twitter is PornStarTweet. (I make these sacrifices just for you, I hope you realize that.) Earlier today he/she/them tweeted the following:
Pornstars sent 2210 tweets and 86 photos yesterday! @JaylaStarr was #1 with 122 tweets. Miss anything?
So I have to ask: If you're tweeting at a rate of once every four minutes, how do you have time to do anything else? (And by "anything else," you know exactly what I mean, Miss Anything.)
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I think we've officially hit the tipping point. I may have said that before, but this time I really mean it. When Twitter overtakes sex, something has gone terribly wrong.
Twitseria is hardly limited to the silicone set. Oprah, Ashton, members of Congress, the rumor-crazed media -- everybody is suffering from a bad case of social mediatis. And that could end up having some nasty consequences.
Bear with me a moment. Back on April 1, InfoWorld ran a faux news story about Uncle Sam adding Twitter to the federal emergency response network. It read, in part:
In related news, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill designed to ensure the accuracy of the service following complaints from their constituents about misleading messages posted to the site. The bill, titled the Twitter Integrity and Truth Act (TWITA), would lodge penalties of up to $500 per tweet for users who deliberately post false or libelous information on the service.
"With more politicians using Twitter, and more people relying on it for instant news updates, we wanted to provide incentives for people to use it responsibly," said a spokesperson for Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-sponsor of the bill. "We don't need more twits messing with our tweets."