Facebook tried to buy Twitter. Google and Microsoft have been giving the red-hot Internet-messaging startup the eye. But we hear it’s Apple that’s closest to sealing a deal, possibly for as much as $700 million.
While Twitter says it’s not for sale they’d be foolish, in my largely uninformed opinion, to think to think that they’re substantial enough to go the distance alone. Twitter strikes me as a nice tool to have as part of a larger toolbox. Apple large, for example.
Jumping the shark is a colloquialism coined by Jon Hein and used by TV critics and fans to denote the point in a TV show or movie series’ history where the plot veers off into absurd story lines or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations. This usually corresponds to the point where a show with falling ratings apparently becomes more desperate to draw viewers in. In the process of undergoing these changes, the TV or movie series loses its original appeal. Shows that have “jumped the shark” are typically deemed to have passed their peak.
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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
I know, I know, it IS possible to have meaningful discourse via social media websites. I’ve made lasting friendships via the Internet with people I may never meet. I met my wife online for heaven’s sake.
But Twitter seems to be the latest poster-child for so-called social media, and I can’t begin to imagine real discourse via that particular venue. The cult of celebrity is rampant – someone with half a million followers probably has a hoot with all the attention they get from every post, but the rest of us are just pissing in the wind.
from E Online:
Los Angeles (E! Online) – The way John Mayer uses Twitter, you’d think he would have nothing but high praise for the social networking phenomenon.
But no, the singer actually has some harsh words for the latest in social messaging.
“It’s inherently silly and it’s inherently dumb,” the singer told me last night at the One Splendid Evening benefit for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation aboard the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in San Pedro, Calif. “If you really think that Twitter is the pathway to spiritual enlightenment, well…It’s one step away from sending pictures of your poop.”
So why does the Grammy-winner twitter all the time?
“I’ve always communicated at a high level as best I can whether it’s Twitter, Napster or message boards or wherever,” Mayer said. “I don’t have a devotion to Twitter. I didn’t sell out to Twitter. You do Twitter until everybody gets off of Twitter and it’s something else you go and try out.”