If brevity is the soul of wit, then Twitter must be the wittiest thing on the Internet.
For the uninitiated, Twitter is a platform for “micro-blogging,” a made-up word meaning writing entries that are very, very short. Twitter posts — which are stupidly called “tweets” — are limited to 140 characters each. The result is perfect for someone without the time or attention span to read a whole blog — it’s the Internet equivalent of scanning the headlines. Tweets only allow enough room for the most important information, and then they usually include links where you can find out more.
Though Twitter only has around 6 million users (compared with 150 million Facebook users), it’s quickly gaining in popularity. Chances are, your favorite celebrity has one (so he or she can post 140 characters about what s/he had for breakfast this morning). Your favorite business might have one, too, to tell you about special promotions it’s running. And, now, some of your neighbors have them. Here’s a look at just some of the Hudson Valley Twitterers out there:
What It Does: Gives a heads-up on the goings-on at the Culinary Institute.
Sample Entry: “The CIA Shares Its Culinary ‘Secrets’ Online. Watch videos and get recipes. Ciaculinaryintelligence.com… Be sure to subscribe!”
What It Does: Reports on all of the latest Dutchess County news and events.
Sample Entry: “Walkway Over the Hudson will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world when completed in Fall of 2009.”
What It Does: Keeps you up-to-date on HHV’s events and programs.
Sample Entry: “Dates for the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze are already set, and it’s only the beginning of March. A new record!”
What It Does: Promotes Hudson Valley Wines
Sample Entry: “Tickets go on sale Monday 9 a.m. for Shawangunk Wine Trail — Wreath Fineries in December.”
What It Does: The Office of College Relations lets you know what’s going on at Vassar.
Sample Entry: “Imam Yahya Hendi and Yehezkel Landau will discuss the role of religion and religious leaders in Middle East conf.”
…and, this isn’t local but I couldn’t resist.
What It Does: Ruminates on its existence bolted to the ceiling at the American Museum of Natural History.
Sample Entry: “Sometimes, when listening to Phish, I feel like I’m underwater again (for the very first time). Thanks effects pedals.”
Following any Valley residents on Twitter that I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments.