Nemo has spent the past couple of weeks honing his social media skills with Twitter and Facebook. This illness began when we were advised by our highly-savvy blog consultants on the Left Coast that the best way to build readership for the Daily Cannibal involved learning the ins and outs of tweeting and Facebook friending. A Twitter account and Facebook page were duly created for the Cannibal, complete with snappy graphics that included our top-of-the-page poster boy. Off we went.
Thank you, boys, for pushing pushing us down this nightmare vortex of unimaginable inanity.
To get me started, the boys had us “follow” about 300 people on Twitter. These were almost all news sources of one sort or another, clearly chosen with the assumption that nemo, like all enlightened people, was a screaming radical 60s throwback, or at the very least a Marin County hausfrau. The cataract of nonsense we were compelled to endure before a reasonable weeding could be effected was oddly illuminating. We knew these folks were out there, but had no idea they came in so many flavors and colors. Strangely, we found ourselves attracted to many of them, if only for the improbability of their disorientation. So we kept about 150 of these, and added the same number of right-leaning pundits, which necessarily included a sampling of tightly-twisted wingnuts.
But it’s the constant barrage of squawks coming at you like a spring freshet that finally wears you down. Most of it is actually within the borders of reason, but at ten items a minute, there’s enough dopiness to wear out a veteran of the Catholic confessional. Here’s a small string:
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Can’t wait. I think I like this guy.