Were You Here Before Oprah?

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Seeing Oprah start “tweeting” made me realize a few things:

  1. Celebrities who are not comedians or geeks twittering is just a bad, bad idea. I realize that this probably just makes me a snob, but Oprah’s credibility goes down once I learn that she can’t use apostrophes correctly.
  2. My mother is probably going to start using twitter now.

If this means that Twitter is now officially “mainstream,” then perhaps the old school Twitter geeks will remember the time B.O. (Before Oprah), much in the way many remember Facebook more fondly before their parents discovered it. I once saw a shirt that read “I Had an iPod Before You Knew What One Was,” and luckily a service has popped up to allow Twitter users the same kind of affirmation.

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Just as Twitter asks the simple question “What are you doing?”, herebeforeoprah.com asks: “Was ____ here before Oraph?” Just type in a Twitter username and find out if that person has the appropriate cred. Though if there is now going to be a mass geek exodus from Twitter, might I recommend Flutter? It’s the next craze in “nano-blogging” – because a lot of people don’t have time to twitter.

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20 Responses to Were You Here Before Oprah?

  1. Twitter is the stupidest thing ever.

    Tweets and twitter and tweet… its really stupid and kinda fairy-ish. no guy should be using twitter with names like that.

  2. Twitter is the stupidest thing ever.
    Tweets and twitter and tweet… its really stupid and kinda fairy-ish. no guy should be using twitter with names like that.

  3. Facebook and Gaming are taking enough time from reality as it is, I really don't think I'd have the time to be an effective Twitter.

    Twitter is fueling our narcissistic desires to a maximum, the world must follow ME 24/7….

    Now that I think about it, twitter seems like an awesome idea,

    Im off to create an account asap, and tweet my soul away!

  4. Facebook and Gaming are taking enough time from reality as it is, I really don’t think I’d have the time to be an effective Twitter.

    Twitter is fueling our narcissistic desires to a maximum, the world must follow ME 24/7….
    Now that I think about it, twitter seems like an awesome idea,

    Im off to create an account asap, and tweet my soul away!

  5. I fail to see how a technology becoming ubiquitous somehow lessens its' value. That sort of thinking would have people abandoning the telephone because celebrities are using them these days.

    • A fair point! I think it's the difference between a form of communication versus a sense of community, so depending on how you think of Twitter, then that sense of "ack invasion by the mainstream!" may or may not apply.

  6. I fail to see how a technology becoming ubiquitous somehow lessens its’ value. That sort of thinking would have people abandoning the telephone because celebrities are using them these days.

    • A fair point! I think it’s the difference between a form of communication versus a sense of community, so depending on how you think of Twitter, then that sense of “ack invasion by the mainstream!” may or may not apply.

  7. "remember Facebook more fondly before their parents discovered it"

    ::sigh:: I am a 52 yo grandmother. I joined Facebook quite a while ago, when it just first became available to non-college folks. Only one of my three 20 something offspring has an active account. Just today I hooked up with several friends from FidoNet days on Facebook . .none of them under 60 and one who started her web design business in 1994 and got her Facebook account as an alumna when it was still restricted to college people and alumni.

    Just saying, computer geeks have been around for five or more decades . . . and we read your site . . and link to it.

  8. “remember Facebook more fondly before their parents discovered it”

    ::sigh:: I am a 52 yo grandmother. I joined Facebook quite a while ago, when it just first became available to non-college folks. Only one of my three 20 something offspring has an active account. Just today I hooked up with several friends from FidoNet days on Facebook . .none of them under 60 and one who started her web design business in 1994 and got her Facebook account as an alumna when it was still restricted to college people and alumni.

    Just saying, computer geeks have been around for five or more decades . . . and we read your site . . and link to it.

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