What is Twitter?

This has happened to all of us recently hasn’t it? I mean, **we** are the technologist for our friends and family are we not? Do we not get the stupid what is flickr/facebook/myspace/twitter/jaiku/orcut/youporn/youtube questions on a regular basis?

Do we also not have a terrible time explaining what each of these services is, does or is trying to accomplish? Are we tired of spending at least 3 minutes explaining this to them only to get back a deer-in-the-headlamps stare instead? You bet we are!

Friends, I present you the “how to explain social networks to your grandparents” unofficially-official how-to. Just copy and past the text into an email or read it aloud to those that just don’t know any better.


[insert social network here] is just another way for people online to try to get laid. It also acts as a place were 12 year old boys can try to steal peaks at boobs and cuss. It’s also used by [make up an important person here] for recruiting fans and trying to get laid. And share photos. The best thing about [insert social network here] is that it only gives your email address, home address, telephone number, email addresses of all of your friends and family and the name of your dog to 6 or 7 of the best porn sites. [insert name of another, competing, social network here] gives the same information, but they give it to the top 100 Russian and Brazilian spammers. But it’s sure fun!

I hope this was helpful. Please feel free to copy and paste the above text where needed.

Thank you.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.


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