I must admit that I don't Tweet near as much as I should. Probably because it really turns out to be me just talking to myself. Twitter isn't as interactive as The Book is. However, I can speak more freely out there because my friends list is much more exclusive.
What I primarily use Twitter for is an information source. I can't count how many times I've learned of important news items due to timely updates on my Twitter feed. When it's not doing that, it's an excellent source of entertainment. You just have to make sure you're following the right folks to have your timeline be efficient. I would like to think I have achieved that balance.
I widdled my list of folks I follow down to only 117. That may sound like a lot, but I would estimate that only 1/3 of that list actually uses Twitter actively. Of those that do, I have fashioned my own list of my personal favorite Top 10 Twitter IDs:
10. @CiciLaw I just realized that she was officially my very first client for XL-Images. Technically anyway. She was the first to ask for a shoot but we could never get our schedules to mesh. By the time we did she ended up being my third client. Anyway, her Tweets tend to be short and to the point while being a mixture of informative and funny.
9. @jpkmensah This is my frat brother Josh who also hails from the Mighty Omicron Pi (Iowa State, for those who still don't know). I can't lie...he'll sometimes get a little techie with his tweets so I tune some of those out. However, most of the time he's on some relevant news and/or pop culture reference with his own insight that is often quite clever
8. @walkerdl Another frat brother that I met thru a mutual acquaintance on Twitter. I can't even remember who now, but glad I did. His updates are commonly news items and/or links to recent breaking stories. Sometimes they are things I may have already known, but they will occasionally be tidbits that I wasn't aware of. He seems to get his sources from all over. It's like he's got about a dozen different news sites pulled up at once.
7. @rolandsmartin I didn't start following him until the exact same time that the Teena Marie story broke. I don't know what took me so long because Roland is not only Frat but one of my favorite journalists. It's also helpful that he doesn't just provide generic Tweets. His are impersonal to make him more down-to-earth.
6. @darthvader Yes....THE Darth Vader. Okay...I'm sure it's not actually David Prowse or even James Earl Jones behind the ID. Whoever it is always on point with their Star Wars relevant tweets. I will admit there are some that reach a little sometimes, but that doesn't happen often. His is a must-follow for any Star Wars fan.
5. @SLAMonline You have to first get past the fact that when they Tweet they usually do two or three in rapid fire succession. Still not sure why they do that. However, I quickly learned that when I pay attention to those, there's really little need to have their magazine. You're not going to get full-length articles from the links they provide, but you can still get some very useful hoop nuggets. If you're an NBA fan then you should definitely be following this ID.
4. @shitmydadsays You'll have to forgive my French but that is the exact name of the Twitter ID. It has gotten more notoriety lately because there is now a tv show by the same name. This is where it started though. Some loser twentysomething (or maybe thirtysomething?) who lives at home with his dad and tweets the random things his dad says. Some of the funniest things you've ever read. The tv show really doesn't do it justice. I'm sure the book would which is why I need to pick that up.
3. @headgeek666 Don't let the ID fool you. It has nothing to do with anything satanic. This is actually the first time I just now noticed that there were three 6s at the end. Anyway, dude is the head honcho at Ain't It Cool News. When I don't feel like going out to the site to get the latest movie news I can just check his feed to get more timely information. Just have to be careful because he may give away some spoilers every now and then. The best part about his Twitter feed is being reminded when he posts his weekly dvd column. That's how I get alerted to flicks that I would have otherwise not known at all
2. @BreakingNews The name is just what it sounds like. This ID constantly delivers the latest news updates from around the world. It's like CNN on speed. Sometimes it's even better than CNN. There have been a couple of instances when the news story they tweet about hasn't yet hit CNN. Now that I think about it, maybe it is CNN's Twitter ID? Anyway, for every international story they tweet about that doesn't interest me, there's at least two national ones that do. If you add Twitter, this should be one of the first IDs you add without question.
1. @BlackMediaSCOOP The best thing about this Twitter ID is how they combine their types of news. They will hit pop culture, gossip, real news, sports. They don't discriminate. If it's news about our people that they think will be even the least bit interesting, they'll scoop about it. So it's like TMZ, CNN and ESPN all rolled into one. The only thing I don't like about it is they will repeat the same stories a couple of times during the course of one day. I suppose it's okay for those folks that might missed the first one, but I'm a little more attentive than that. I'm dying to know who's really behind that Beyonce profile pic that they've been using for the longest.
I have been meaning to truncate my different gripes with The Book for a while now. Afterall, I have already had a couple of different posts regarding my own personal take on what you should and shouldn't do out there. Now you have it in a simple 10 Commandments that are easy to reference from this point going forward. So important are they that it took over the "Things to Be Grateful Entry" this week.
Please note that these are in no particular order. It's not like the first one is the most important just because it's listed first. They are all equally important. None should be violated. Offenders should know that they are subject to getting hidden. Or worse yet, deleted. Therefore, not heeding these can result in a purgatory of sorts. Kinda...
1. Thou shalt not post jacked up pics It's pretty self-explanatory. No blurry pics. You know full well it's blurry before you post it. If it is then don't put it out there. Save us the trouble of trying to strain our eyes and just post a status update instead. Also, no sideways pics. Learn to rotate before you get it out there. And now falling under this commandment is the nasty bathroom pic. There's nothing sexy about having a pic taken in the same room where the toilet is.
2. One's dirty laundry shall remain private It is really not that serious. You don’t call out your friends on The Book. Keep that business between you and that friend. Take it offline and get it resolved. The whole world does not need to see/read you and a FB friend having it out. The same thing applies if you feel the need to call out somebody in your status even though they're not your FB friend. How old are you??
3. Thine updates shall remain gush free You love your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend or significant other. We get it. We don't need to be reminded of it on a constant basis. Get a room.
4. Thou shalt not "like" thy own status You're supposed to like it. You're the one who wrote it so of course you like it. That "Like" button is there for other folks to agree with you. Not for you to stroke your own ego by pressing it yourself. It's akin to being redundant. Not to mention a bit vain.
5. Birthday shout-outs shall be confined to the living only It is understandable to acknowledge that someone important was born on a certain day. That's showing proper reverence. However, wishing them a "happy birthday" when they are dead and gone is ridiculous. If that's the case, why draw the line there? Why don't we start throwing out birthday wishes going all the way to Frederick Douglas. Happy belated birthday, Fred! You would have been 192-years-old today!
6. Thou shall refrain from veejaying Folks do know that if one has access to The Book it's a safe bet they know how to use YouTube, right? Posting a video here and there occasionally is passable. Doing it ALL. THE. TIME? It's lazy updating. It means since you can't think of anything good to say you'll just throw out a video instead. Once in a while is cool. But to do it back to back to back to back to back to back is just overkill. Moderation, folks.
7. Thou shall keep it brief There is no need for a paragraph dissertation for your update. Get a blog so it can be done in the proper forum there. Here’s a clue…when you see the words “Read more” pop up next to your update, you’re doing too much.
8. Do not covet another FB status without permission If you can't think of anything clever to say, don't say anything at all. Anyone who knows anything about you will know when you are using an update that is not your own original thought. If you truly feel the need to do that, at least give credit to the person from whom you stole borrowed it.
9. Thou shall only tag when the person is actually in the photo/video This particular commandment has a little bit of leniency. A parent and/or grandparent tagging themselves in their child and/or grandchild's picture is acceptable. Other than that, one should not tag someone else in photos and/or video unless said person is ACTUALLY in said photo and/or video. Just because they are related to (with the exception of the aforementioned instance) and/or a friend of someone in that photo and/or video does not mean they should be tagged.
10. Love thy birth name Easily the quickest way to turn Facebook into even more of a MySpace wasteland. Use your real name and be proud of it. Folks trying to be clever with names like Marty HuggieBear Smith or Stephen PimpDaddy Jackson look more foolish than cool. In fact, it comes across as (as much as I hate the word) ghetto. Your parents gave you your name for a reason. Be proud of who you are. Embrace it. Celebrate it.
Verily I say to ye, live by these 10 Facebook Commandments and the virtual world will be a much better place!
Nope. STILL not making a category for "Whatever Happened to...". It is still just a coincidence that it happened once again on Wednesday. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Anyway, so I'm sitting in the club working my photo gig the other night. The deejay messes around and throws on Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". The dance floor actually gets a little hyped from it. Keep in mind that the dance floor was really mostly women anyway. I was slightly in awe that grown folks could get that hype off a song sang by a little girl. They do realize that she's not even a teenager, right? Then before I could even bring myself to laugh about it I remember the 90s when we were a boat that wasn't all that different.
Remember a little group called Kris Kross? That "Jump" song got played non-stop everywhere you went. None of us seemed to care that they were only little kids singing it. Jermaine Dupri was the producer du jour back then with the skills to give anyone a hit. He focused his efforts on those little kids and the rest was history. Grown folks were up in the club jumping to "Jump" like we had no sense.
But it didn't stop there.
Michael Bivins from my own beloved New Edition was on a managing kick at the time. Probably because he was still riding the high from discovering Boyz II Men. He went out and made a group of his own made up of a bunch of prepubescent little boys. Before we knew it, the world was hit with Another Bad Creation. Better known as ABC. The same funky production that gave us Bell Biv DeVoe was making the hyped beats for classic cuts like "Aiesha" and "Playground". It's not like they were trying to act like they were grown either. I mean the song was talking about swinging their beat at the playground. Really? But don't think we didn't groove to it.
Then finally there was the group who made it perfectly clear that they were some little boys. Just in case you still werne't sure in case you never saw them perform all you had to do was just look at their name: The Boys. It couldn't get much simpler than that. They would hit us off with hits like "Dial My Heart" and be yet another young group that would have women nearly twice their age lusting after them.
So I couldn't fault these kids today for diggin' that Willow song just because she's a shorty. We had the same phenomenon years ago. I remember we would joke about the fact that they were just kids but I'll be doggone if we weren't pumping their music. Fonky is fonky no matter how old the artist is.
But eventually the cuteness wears off. All of those young'ns had to grow up sooner or later. Kris Kross tried to keep making music as they neared the end of their teen years but it just wasn't the same. Especially with JD no longer backing them. The whole boy band craze that involved actual boys seemed to wear off as quickly as the boy band craze that involved the older guys like Backstreet Boys and N*Sync. It has now been years since anything like it has come around. Which means there was a void there for Willow to step in and do what she's doing. More power to her. Even though I still don't like the song.
I think the reason even caught my attention in the first place was because of the title: Nursing Home Talent Show. Nursing homes actually have those? How cool is that?! There's no sitting around playing cards and watching "Wheel of Fortune". These folks are too busy putting time in to make sure they bring it come talent show time. And I'm not mad at them at all...