It was not too long ago that I really didn’t see the point in Twitter. In fact I am sure I commented somewhere on the webosphere that I really didn’t see the point in telling people I am “on my way home” or “at the gym”.
But I decided to give it another try and before long I was reaping the rewards of the insight from people that I trusted (well sort of) or that had something interesting to say. Real people, not someone sponsored by a media giant.
I think I even blogged to that effect.
And now I have found a new use for Twitter
Comedy. Yes folks some good old fashioned laughter. You can’t beat a hearty laugh to lift your spirits and take away some of the stress and frustration that we seem to have to endure more and more in every day life.
I don’t want to be a downer but life really did seem to be simpler 20,30 or 40 years ago. These days we are living in a society filled with corporate greed and fear; constantly being rammed down our throats by the media. Unfortunately the younger generations seem to be a little naive when it comes to the role that the media plays in our lives and happy to be a part of the media manipulation. Ah the joy of youth and that feeling of being able to solve all the worlds problems. But hey, we can’t have it all and look what this technological progress has given us. We can watch the downfall of celebrities lives in near realtime. Oooooh that is harsh I know, but that is the reality of everyday life now.
Anyway, I digress and I don’t want to be a complete bummer so let’s get on with it shall we. I read an article the other day about the average age of Twitter users being 35 or above and how Gen-Y is not interested in the opinions of others outside their social circle, hence their love for Facebook. Link to article here.
This made a lot of sense to me as the reason I do like Twitter is that I can get the opinions of those outside my social circle, people I don’t even know but that have interesting things to say, things that are relevant to my job perhaps or a hobby.
And this is when I discovered the comedic side of Twitter. If you are a fan of Masterchef then try watching an episode and following Twitter on #masterchef during the show. It is both hilarious and brutal. People can be pretty harsh on Twitter and they certainly don’t pull any punches. One poor contestant was so hated that I am convinced that the negative energy coming from Twitter must have had something to do with her downfall.
If you can get past the negativityÂthough and not get too emotionally involved you will find some very funny people commenting on the show. It adds a new depth to the show and I am sure this is something that will grow with time, in particular with reality TV shows. It really is some of the funniest stuff and it’s real time, not scripted and from the heart.
I still haven’t got a clue how Twitter is going to generate revenue without selling themselves out to a media giant and the moment they do it will become uncool and the joke will be on the Murdoch or Packer that buys it thinking they have struck gold. Personally, I think Twitter should go the OpenSource or donation route to keep it going and keep it real. This is the voice of not a new generation, but the voice of all generations. Gen-Y take note.
Twitter comedians, I salute you.