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December 3, 2008 4:26 PM   Subscribe

Shaquille O'Neil's Twitter.<
posted by Lutoslawski (47 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Shaq is awesome.
posted by PhatLobley at 4:28 PM on December 3, 2008


Yeah, I've been loving this for a few weeks now. All hail Shaq!
posted by dhammond at 4:30 PM on December 3, 2008


Maybe it's a generational thing. But the mere thought of reading a Twitter page makes me want to claw my eyes out.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:32 PM on December 3, 2008 [5 favorites]


Kottke's entry on this has that goofy picture of Shaq.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:34 PM on December 3, 2008


The Big Cactus abides. Awesome find, thanks Lutoslawski.
posted by saladin at 4:36 PM on December 3, 2008


Can we have a list of all celebrity twitter feeds and be done with it? Here's a list of "minor" celebrities, and a few big-time folks, and another list.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:37 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Lulz
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:40 PM on December 3, 2008


I mean knowing how to use Twitter but not Wikipedia (or Google) -- that's epic lulz in my book.

Maybe this is because I'm an asshole.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:41 PM on December 3, 2008


Win.
posted by billysumday at 4:41 PM on December 3, 2008


Maybe it's a generational thing. But the mere thought of reading a Twitter page makes me want to claw my eyes out.

Since I'm 57 and I enjoy reading Twitter pages (one way to have desultory conversations with my daughter--other ways are text messaging, Facebook, and livejournal), I'm guessing you must be either pretty young or reeeeal old.
posted by Peach at 4:47 PM on December 3, 2008


I have a Charles Barkley twitter feed wired directly to my brain.
posted by mullacc at 4:49 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


His right hand looks totally deformed in that photo.
posted by gman at 4:49 PM on December 3, 2008


Craig Hockenberry, creator or the CHOCK LOCK and Twitterrific, has been feuding with Shaq for a while. I present, teh_real_chock.
posted by cgomez at 4:51 PM on December 3, 2008


"@THE_REAL_KOBE Tell me how my ass tastes!" :-D
posted by tcv at 4:52 PM on December 3, 2008


So, he really is an idiot.
posted by Zambrano at 4:58 PM on December 3, 2008


Twitter is the worst thing created since Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Look no further than this link for validation.
posted by fusinski at 5:04 PM on December 3, 2008


Look, I know I've been down on Twitter in the past, but now that I'm receiving instant notification whenever Stephen Fry has a shower, I'm completely sold on it.
posted by Jimbob at 5:17 PM on December 3, 2008 [3 favorites]


God, this is gonna turn out worse than Rosie O'Donnell's tweeter-like-fan-thing.
posted by ageispolis at 5:18 PM on December 3, 2008


I was excited about the possibilities that this presented before realizing that it's very hard to slam-dunk whilst dinking w/ an iPhone.
posted by goldfinches at 5:25 PM on December 3, 2008


I think our language is about to fork.
posted by popechunk at 5:27 PM on December 3, 2008 [3 favorites]


Mershaq: "half mermaid, half Shaq" (animated short).
posted by Brian B. at 5:32 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


The big aristotle. Nice.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:00 PM on December 3, 2008


Maybe it's a generational thing. But the mere thought of reading a Twitter page makes me want to claw my eyes out.
posted by Joe Beese


Since every thread that involves twitter has someone eventually saying they're too cool for twitter I'd say it just makes you boring and unimaginative.

And yes, old.
posted by Dennis Murphy at 6:07 PM on December 3, 2008


I think the best part of his twitter is definitely the inspirational "Shaq quotes" that are just things other people said that he has essentially plagiarized in really bizarrely adorable ways.

My genius is 1 percent inspiration 99 percent perspiration Shaquille o'neal

A shaq quote to live by Make every person feel like he or she matters
posted by aliceinreality at 6:24 PM on December 3, 2008


Uh oh. Who's going to tell Shaq that Mr. Rogers is dead?
posted by bookish at 6:29 PM on December 3, 2008


posted by Flunkie at 6:30 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


my friend was telling me how bizarre his twitter were, now I know what he means.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 6:34 PM on December 3, 2008


On the other end of the spectrum...

I followed Shaq for a short while, but having updates from him and Mr. Fry so close together just felt wrong.
posted by flatluigi at 6:37 PM on December 3, 2008


Can someone explain to me why Twitter is so great? I have an account and use it sparingly, but I don't get all the hooplah about it.
posted by Chocomog at 6:50 PM on December 3, 2008


I like having a quick easy way to launch my random thoughts into cyberspace. However, I fail in terms of finding a good way of catching up on reading other people's feeds. (Suggestions on making this less of a one-way exchange are welcome)
posted by NikitaNikita at 7:16 PM on December 3, 2008


Can someone explain to me why Twitter is so great?

Twits want to blog, but they can't write a full paragraph.
posted by dydecker at 7:29 PM on December 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


About to go to yoga, gotta get my strecth on

Haha, I love this.
posted by sugarfish at 7:34 PM on December 3, 2008


How come the Fu-Schnickens don't call any more?
posted by box at 7:39 PM on December 3, 2008


Twitter is just like it sounds. Thats why I joined Twatter.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:46 PM on December 3, 2008


Just helped a man read Shaq's twitter, schwww im tired
posted by esch at 8:09 PM on December 3, 2008


I don't like Mr. Fry's twitter stream because hearing about how he just had a shower reminds me that I am not with with at all times.

Dan you twitter, you are so cruel.
posted by The Whelk at 8:39 PM on December 3, 2008


dear god in heaven shaq why have you not posted a single thing about shaq-fu

you could teach us so much

:(
posted by Mikey-San at 10:15 PM on December 3, 2008 [3 favorites]


Good one Kevin. Is he posting this from a cell phone or does Shack know how to use a computer?
posted by jimahon at 12:19 AM on December 4, 2008


I got curious about the Twitter thing after seeing a ton of on-the-fly activism being planned in quick bursts of succinct sentences.

After hanging out with it for a few months and using it just enough to understand I'll mostly be a passerby in Twitterland, it does function as a logging tool for some people, so could be a blog in that sense.

Mostly, though, I see people using it as a party line, backyard fence, comfy spot on the stoop...a place to have the exchanges of tiny inspirations, declarations, complaints, lies, and mundane happenings that few experience out in their own neighbourhood anymore.
posted by batmonkey at 12:26 AM on December 4, 2008


So Shaq's following the Natalee Holloway thing... never woulda imagined...
posted by b_thinky at 1:31 AM on December 4, 2008


I love how Stephen Fry ends all his twitter posts with a kiss.
posted by like_neon at 3:07 AM on December 4, 2008


This is interesting, in that it's as boring as every other stranger's Twitter feed (my own included, of course).

At least Stephen Fry puts in some effort to make his Twitter stream genuinely interesting by sharing pictures of amazing lemurs he met while making a documentary, or writing capsule reviews of gadgets he's been sent.

Also, I really wish the fake Tony Benn on Twitter had been real.
posted by jack_mo at 5:46 AM on December 4, 2008


Can someone explain to me why Twitter is so great? I have an account and use it sparingly, but I don't get all the hooplah about it.

Spend a couple of days following hodgman and you'll understand the appeal.
posted by bondcliff at 7:09 AM on December 4, 2008


Are there updates on how his ass taste?
posted by louche mustachio at 8:46 AM on December 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


I find it ironic that in any thread about Twitter, people always pop in to post a pithy one-liner alerting random strangers on the internet to the fact that they think Twitter is crap, whether or not anyone actually cares to hear their opinion.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:19 AM on December 4, 2008 [4 favorites]


The only thing I know about Twitter is that it gives one a perfect aliá—ºi.
posted by troybob at 5:39 PM on December 4, 2008


Can someone explain to me why Twitter is so great? I have an account and use it sparingly, but I don't get all the hooplah about it.


I am not a 20something hipster, but I am the kind of person who gives most social-media things a go. I didn't get Friendster, I didn't get Orkut. I don't get MySpace (only use it to stay in touch with my younger sister) and I don't get Facebook either.

I didn't get Twitter at first either. Now I do. On a selfish level it's a way of dumping out all the little bits of fluff floating around in my head so I can move on to other things. (Also a place links to LOLCats or whatever too, admittedly.) It's interesting reading the fluff in other people's minds too.

It's also a great way to get a stream of consciousness about a particular subject or event from strangers. Following the Mumbai twitters was horrifying and mesmerizing at the same time.

It's cut down on my personal blogging a lot. The only time I feel like blogging on my personal site these days is...well, barely ever, unless I have something I want to get into some depth on.

Anyway, I follow both @stephenfry and @THE_REAL_SHAQ and I enjoy them both, because they're just being themselves and they can occasionally be funny, deep, whatever. (I think THE_REAL_SHAQ is the deeper philosopher, actually, but that may just be 'cos I disliked the shallowness of Stephen Fry's America so much.)
posted by thread_makimaki at 12:25 AM on December 5, 2008


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