Five Minutes of Top Tweets


Twitter “algorithmically selects and retweets some of the most interesting tweets spreading across Twitter” in its Top Tweets .

Is it sound and fury, signifying nothing, is it white noise, is it a window into our souls, is it mostly disposable but containing the odd nugget of truth? At any given moment, it could be any of these.

Recently, I decided to devote five minutes of my day to monitoring the Top Tweets in the hopes of gaining some… well, I don’t actually know what I was hoping for, but here’s a sampling of what I found:

  • “MTV in brazil is so much better than MTV US. So far today I’ve seen TWO music videos!”
  • “Clearly define who gets to be an umpire in your life. Otherwise, the strike zone will change every time you’re at bat.”
  • “Omg. Were so close. Almost 90 thousand followers. If we get to 100. Ill give you a sweet surprise.”
  • “You are not Facebook’s customer. You are the product that they sell to their real customers – advertisers. Forget this at your peril.”
  • “Be a good parent: Children who won’t watch a black and white movie should be sadly chastised and sent to bed without supper.”
  • “Facebook is for people you went to school with. Twitter is for people you wished you went to school with.”
  • “Mom, I know my rooms a mess, but ask me where anything is in that mess, and I’ll find it in seconds.”
  • “BREAKING NEWS: Large Air Spill at Wind Farm. No threats reported. Some claim to enjoy the breeze.”
  • “In our daily life, affection and compassion are indispensable.”
  • “dont worry the world wont end in 2012, we’ll have kanye interrupt it”
  • “The world is filled with diversity and there really is beauty in all of it.”

There you have it. A combination of advice, snarkiness, and self-promotion. Isn’t it comforting to know that at all times of the day and night people are tweeting, tapping their laptop or desktop keyboards, entering the characters on their iPhones, Androids, Netbooks, and iPads, about all things sacred and mundane? If you have trouble getting to sleep one night, try listening for the comforting tap-tap-tapping out there in the air… you’re sure to hear it if you listen hard enough.