Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Humor: How the Signs Tweet

If I say Twitter, do you think I’m giggling at you like a goofy schoolgirl—or do you start talking in a bunch of birdie buzz words like tweet, tweeps, or twoosh?

For those of you not already a part of this Internet communication craze, here’s the Wiki, straight from the source (
Wikipedia, of course!):

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them
(known as followers).

Unlike some of the other social networking formats like Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn, on Twitter less is more. As a Wordgo, at first I found the tiny word count more than a bit restrictive. However, before long, I not just improved my writing to a degree of conciseness never before imagined; I found myself a twitterholic in no time. See my
six-word memoir on the subject, if you don’t believe me. (I never thought I could say hello in 140 characters, much less write memoirs in six words.)

Late last night, I decided to send a series of six tweets where I described how the signs do this Twitter thing. (That’s what you do when you can’t fit it all into one tweet. You hog the stream with a tidal wave of sequential tweets, something I personally detest but occasionally do.) I figured The Radical Virgo readers might get a bang out of this birdie business, especially if you already tweet. And if you don’t, maybe it’ll be enough to make trying it irresistable. Terms decoded for newbies:

Tweet Signatures

Aries - Short, rapid fire, outta there.

Taurus – Slowly betwn snacks.

Gemini – All day, night, in sleep.

Cancer – Can’t nurture tweeps enuf (friends/followers) in 140 chars.

Leo – Big, bold, look-at-me tweets, backgrounds.

Virgo – Precise, planned in advance, hates to shorten words.

Libra – RTs (return tweets or forwards) lots of others’ tweets, own are nice ‘n’ sweet.

Scorpio – Watches tweet stream intensely in silence, then tweets alone late at night with mysterious phrasing.

Sag – Jokes, fun, big statements in spurts then off on adventures.

Capricorn – Biz-related and biz-building.

Aquarius – The odder the better. Loves e-communities.

Pisces – Merges, becomes one w/tweet stream. Often goes missing.

How to Take/Tweet it From Here

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To learn more Twitter terms, consult the

Want more Twitter humor? Read Humor: The 10 (Actually, 11) Commandments of Twitter on Hot Flashbacks, Cool Insights.


Photo credit: ASTROLOGER BIRD ©

Photo description: A parrot perches on some wires with the moon in clear blue skies in its backdrop. A parrot is normally used by fortunetellers in India to tell the fate of a person and the moon is definitely an influencing factor in astrology. Both of these elements in the image make it very much related to the concept of future.

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