February 12, 2009


As the world gets more connected, is it becoming more difficult to differentiate yourself? Invariably, something you think of has already been thought of, and now with thought-aggregators like Twitter and even Google, you can easily find a ton of other people that have already thought and shared the same thing you're thinking.

Here's a list of random searches I just did on Twitter and the number of people that have Tweeted them.

"Meatballs": 15 people in the last hour

"Feet Smell": 15 people in the past day

"Sue Simmons": Not as popular - only 5 times in the past week

"Valentine's Day": 12 times in the last 2 minutes

Even my name has been Tweeted 44 times in the past 2 days, in at least 3 languages and at least that many contexts! I wonder what "skriver material till vårt bord på Feministiskt Forum i Sthlm nästa vecka. Missa inte det!" means...

And if you're thinking "huh???", you're right -- I didn't really have a point with this post.


crayz said...

If a tree falls in the forest...

Presumably all the tweeted thoughts would have been experienced by the tweeters with or without said twitting medium, so the only real difference is now you realize your thoughts don't distinguish you as a unique snowflake, rather than being blissfully ignorant of that fact :p

The exception of course being the thoughts that only arose because of a suggestion from some other tweet, but the way to avoid that problem is simple - don't read twitter or interact with anyone who reads twitter or anyone who might be influenced second-hand by a patron of twitter or that butterfly twittering it's wings in China OH GOD the world's all connected and ... zen

Goofy Girl said...

I say do your own thing and don't worry if you're unique or not. Most likely, you're like everyone else - nothing special, won't amount to anything significant in life. So just go around do your thing and have fun. :)

insomniaclolita said...

There are a lot of crazy disgusting terms that came up in my sitemeter for people to find my blog lol

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