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.


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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