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Flutter, a new company that is taking microblogging to the next level with 26-character limit. [SLYT]
posted by rageagainsttherobots (66 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
140 characters is so 2008.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 9:33 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


This looks fucking stupid.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 9:34 AM on April 6, 2009


Soon, we'll only be able to type one letter.
posted by kldickson at 9:35 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


aheckler in bathroom
posted by aheckler at 9:36 AM on April 6, 2009


a
posted by ALongDecember at 9:36 AM on April 6, 2009


!
posted by phrontist at 9:38 AM on April 6, 2009


Won't this degrade the meaningfulness of microblogging?
posted by Joe Beese at 9:38 AM on April 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Can we just ignore this whole thing please? Maybe it'll go away...
posted by autodidact at 9:39 AM on April 6, 2009


Protip: it's satire.
posted by cgomez at 9:40 AM on April 6, 2009 [7 favorites]


I need a higher char limit.
posted by Flunkie at 9:40 AM on April 6, 2009


Sorry, you're 5 days late for April Fool's jokes.
posted by briank at 9:43 AM on April 6, 2009


I didn't watch the video, but is it a coincidence that "brevity is the soul of wit" is 26 letters long?
posted by furtive at 9:44 AM on April 6, 2009 [9 favorites]


It's a joke. Not a great one.
posted by basicchannel at 9:44 AM on April 6, 2009


and by letters I mean characters, and by characters I mean keystrokes
posted by furtive at 9:45 AM on April 6, 2009


aheckler in bathroom

Post that on Shitter.
posted by stargell at 9:45 AM on April 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


I didn't watch the video

My guess is most of the people who have commented so far didn't watch the video.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:45 AM on April 6, 2009


!timil retcarahc evitagen a htiw gniggolb m'I
posted by DU at 9:46 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Is it built on Rails, for "scalability"?
posted by Artw at 9:46 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes people characters.
posted by furtive at 9:46 AM on April 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


tl;dr
posted by slimepuppy at 9:47 AM on April 6, 2009


Too short. Could not care.
posted by the Real Dan at 9:50 AM on April 6, 2009


If Homer’s Odyssey Was Written On Twitter



although it could probably be done in just one tweet:

Sorry I'm late: maritime traffic was dreadful.

posted by DreamerFi at 9:50 AM on April 6, 2009 [8 favorites]


This is like making a parody of a Monty Python sketch.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:52 AM on April 6, 2009


Too little space to say wh
posted by Plutor at 9:55 AM on April 6, 2009


It fails only because twitter is already too far gone to even satire. Twitter killed Irony.
posted by GuyZero at 9:58 AM on April 6, 2009


For sale: Tech idea, never used
posted by hifiparasol at 10:02 AM on April 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


I don't think it's any small coincidence that the 26-character limit perfectly accommodates "I'm gonna take a crap now".
posted by crapmatic at 10:03 AM on April 6, 2009


ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

(how'd I do?)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:07 AM on April 6, 2009


We're rapidly running out of numbers between 1 and 139 for people to use as the hypothetical character limit for their amusing Twitter parodies. Only 23, 87, 112 and 126 left! Quickly, someone, that Twitter needs taking down a peg or two, and maybe doing the exact same joke again and again will be the thing that finally puts them back in their place.
posted by flashboy at 10:10 AM on April 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


God damn, enough already.
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:14 AM on April 6, 2009


@cgomez: It's a joke. For now.
posted by odinsdream at 10:15 AM on April 6, 2009


PepsiBl
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:16 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, I thought this was funny. But I watch Project Runway in my underwear.
posted by elwoodwiles at 10:23 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


what's twitter
posted by ChickenringNYC at 10:24 AM on April 6, 2009


HULK LIKE FLUTTER!
posted by Pronoiac at 10:24 AM on April 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


On-board, or off-lawn? I'm so confused. I just opened a twitter account Saturday, so it would stand to reason that it is now totally outmoded. That's how you tell when things are outmoded-- by when I adopt them.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:34 AM on April 6, 2009


MONGO LIKE CANDY.
posted by The White Hat at 10:41 AM on April 6, 2009


I don't care about the character count. I just want 17 syllables, three lines.
posted by weston at 10:48 AM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


it's worth it just for the name Ramasubramanian

(which, evidently is a real name and my ignorance is exposed 'cuz it made me laugh!)
posted by HuronBob at 10:58 AM on April 6, 2009


This would be funny if it were funny.
posted by Outlawyr at 11:03 AM on April 6, 2009


This is getting dangerously close to my idea for a twitter ripoff where all your status reports had to be compressed into 8 bits.
posted by adamrice at 11:08 AM on April 6, 2009


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posted by blue_beetle at 11:17 AM on April 6, 2009


It's a joke.

Really?
posted by ericb at 11:53 AM on April 6, 2009


ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

(how'd I do?)


You forgot Poland.
.
.
(I'm sorry, I'll see myself out.)
posted by FishBike at 12:07 PM on April 6, 2009


Some jokes are a little too scary to be funny.
posted by Glibpaxman at 12:08 PM on April 6, 2009


This is getting dangerously close to my idea for a twitter ripoff where all your status reports had to be compressed into 8 bits.

Query my SCADA API!
posted by GuyZero at 12:16 PM on April 6, 2009


Is there no web 2.0 app that will allow me to just mash my face into my keyboard a few times a day?

That's all I've ever really wanted.


lkduyityn bibfuhi
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:52 PM on April 6, 2009 [6 favorites]


This is getting dangerously close to my idea for a twitter ripoff where all your status reports had to be compressed into 8 bits.

Yup. Emoticon Twitter.
posted by madh at 1:34 PM on April 6, 2009


Normally a quota has to be met of people who come into twitter threads and announce that they don't get it, it's so stupid! And normally I would happily fill that quota if I saw it needed filling. But instead I'll tell the truth. I hate twitter, yes. But secretly I love twitter. Because where else would I have learned that that guy I sort of dated for awhile back in 2003 or 2004 or whenever turned into a total "social web marketing" sociopathic asshole? I wouldn't have! I'd never have learned the word "webinar"! I'd never know what the "social web" is! I wouldn't know that Thomas Friedman and brands of tea and hotels and airlines all need to talk to me on Facebook and Twitter so that I can do myself the amazing favor of buying their amazing products.

So, no, I don't hate twitter. Now I hate the internet. For giving us Social Web Marketers.

I want to die.
posted by birdie birdington at 2:13 PM on April 6, 2009


Metaflutter: tking mcrblging 2 d nxtlmt
posted by battlebison at 3:08 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


A frat-boy-esque dude walked into a class I'm taking today and proudly announced "have you heard about this 'Twitter' thing? It's so cool! My friends are boring, but look! I can see what celebrities are writing!" It was all I could do to keep from banging my head into the wall. This seems to be like that, only in a... mr cndnsd frm. WTF? I say.

Due dilligence: Have a Twitter account, don't really use it, don't really care, probably oughta cancel it.
posted by Alterscape at 4:04 PM on April 6, 2009


What about Bitter: 1 or 0?
Users could be called Bit-ches...
posted by incompressible at 5:23 PM on April 6, 2009


This is getting dangerously close to my idea for a twitter ripoff where all your status reports had to be compressed into 8 bits.

Shittr.net™ is my latest project. It's 1-bit status updates on whether you are currently pooping or not.

I'm currently soliciting a first round of venture capital expressions of interest. I plan to monetize by pitching stats access and adspace to toilet paper and laxative companies.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:35 PM on April 6, 2009 [3 favorites]



Shittr.net™ is my latest project. It's 1-bit status updates on whether you are currently pooping or not.



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posted by flotson at 8:40 PM on April 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


Also. I am now thinking of that cute dodecahedron thing from TRON. In the stall next to me in a public restroom. Saying (*robot voice*) "YES"
posted by flotson at 8:43 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Are you pooping right now? [yes/no]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:05 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


needs more semaphores.
posted by HyperBlue at 9:46 PM on April 6, 2009


I see my role on Metafilter as posting this once or twice a year.
posted by lukemeister at 10:03 PM on April 6, 2009


stavrosthewonderchicken,

Your next step is to integrate Shittr.net™ into the Single Serving Sites network.
posted by lukemeister at 10:19 PM on April 6, 2009


Lukemeister - You're a longtime IBM fan?
posted by Pronoiac at 10:48 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


How about twatter.com with 4-character limit??
posted by gallagho at 5:02 AM on April 7, 2009


Witr: Comedy in 0 characters or less.
posted by katillathehun at 7:44 AM on April 7, 2009


Witr: Comedy in 0 characters or less.

And katillathehun wins the arms race to the bottom. Unless we delve into negative numbers.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:37 AM on April 7, 2009


Negative numbers would mean actually del
posted by Artw at 9:39 AM on April 7, 2009


I thought the 'i' in Witr meant the comedy was imaginary.
posted by lukemeister at 11:32 AM on April 7, 2009


"Nanoblogging!"
posted by IvoShandor at 11:46 AM on April 7, 2009


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