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Sunday, May 25, 2021

At this past Friday’s Jelly session (wonderfully hosted by Kara by the way), some minor debate cropped up about Twitter. Specifically, there was some doubt cast on whether or not “twitter” was a real word, or else some nonsensical URL string of letters.

I quickly quelled the debate by calling up the Dictionary.com definition of “twitter”, specifically this one:

2. to talk lightly and rapidly, esp. of trivial matters; chatter.

Yes, the microblogging dynamic pretty much fits this summation. Although the site’s liberal use of the bird motif tells me that the Twitter bosses are hearkening to the association with “birds a’twittering” figurative description as well.

From this, we pondered that the word “twit” might be derived from the above. Whether it is or not, the increasingly frequent Twitter.com outages (which also came up among Twittering Jelly-ers on Friday) will probably prompt more than one invocation of that British-ish insult term toward the Head Twits in charge. Unless “Shitter” doesn’t take hold first.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/25/2008 08:06:55 PM
Category: Bloggin', New Yorkin', Wordsmithing
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I’ve been a bit skeptical about the Federal tax rebate/economic stimulus scheme, figuring that $600 per adult head really wouldn’t go that far in juicing the body politic’s financial well-being.

And the spending spree results submitted to HowISpentMyStimulus.com seem to bear that out, especially when browsing some choice examples. Unless you consider a new pet kitten, kitchen supplies, and matching his-and-her Gameboys to be macroeconomic saviors.

Still, it’s nice to see some folks getting jolly with their government checks. I can live vicariously through them, since (ahem) I’m not getting one this year. Maybe next time around.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/25/2008 07:25:43 PM
Category: Politics, Society
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A year ago, T-Mobile reported that a surprisingly big chunk of the Web traffic on Sidekick phones was going toward social networking sites like MySpace. This suggested that mobile browsing had less to do with conventional Web research and entertainment and more to do with communications, i.e. more like a traditional phone chore.

Now, Opera’s just-released Mobile Browsing Report backs up that suspected trend, noting that 40 percent of Opera Mini browser users worldwide frequently hit social network sites (with the share jumping to 63 percent among U.S. users). Since Opera Mini has an installed user base of some 12 million (thanks to agreements with global wireless phone manufacturers and carriers), Opera has a pretty reliable base upon which to draw these conclusions.

So again, phone Web access is more about staying tethered to your MySpace crew instead of, say, checking movie start times or the nearest Italian restaurant. That behavior should be key in how phone companies push their forthcoming mobile Web offerings.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/25/2008 05:55:57 PM
Category: Internet, Tech
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go the distance
I’m so glad to see one of my old favorite Flash gamelets, Penguin Baseball, get a Stanley Cup-inspired revival. The Detroit Free Press invites Red Wings fans to whack-a-pen as a show of team support.

It’s as addictive as it ever was. My best swing for the fences was 322.9 feet. Beat that!

I’d imagine Pittsburgh’s media would retaliate, perhaps with another game selection from YetiSports. I can’t find any sign of it, though.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/25/2008 03:01:10 PM
Category: Comedy, Hockey, Internet, Videogames
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