Year 3, week 39: Twitter

With tenancy decisions getting nearer, it brings back terrible memories of two years ago and my first fights with TopFirst. Though I’ve been more than a little pre-occupied with my own problems in the last few months, there is one pupil in particular who is starting to make her mark. Though when I say make her mark, that’s not necessarily a positive thing. You see she’s got herself onto Facebook and Twitter and has been evangelising around chambers about how it’s the new way to bring in work and that if you’re not on it you’re doomed. Well this has led a great number of the senior lot to get themselves signed up. Actually, it’s led their secretaries to get them signed up but that’s almost the same thing for most of them. What this has meant is that she has about half of chambers avidly following her status updates to see how on earth they should go about doing it themselves. The net result is that Twitter (the only name that fits when you hear her haughty tones) has gone into update overdrive. So much so that not only do we (for I have of course signed up) hear about pretty much every detail of her life from what she has for breakfast to the times she passes wind but she has also started speaking in the form of a staccato series of status updates. Even BusyBody who almost does this kind of communication naturally has spotted it after she appeared against her in court and found that Twitter was addressing the judge in just the same way.

I mentioned this to Claire over a beer last night and questioned kind of jokingly whether this was the future of our cherished language. “You joke, BabyB, but I have to admit that on the very odd occasion when anything interesting happens to me, the first thing I think of is how this will sound on my Facebook update to my friends.”

Maybe we’re all doomed.

June 25, 2009 · Tim Kevan · One Comment
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  1. Lisa - June 30, 2009

    You have hit the proverbial nail on the head BabyB… we are most certainly doomed!!