Twitter sure seems to provoke an awful lot of indignation from people who don’t use it, and never intend to. There seems to be a strain of personality that just isn’t able to shrug and say “I don’t get it.”
But today isn’t the day that I mount a full-throated defense of Twitter. I just wanted to mention one of the tool’s many goofy uses: the hashtag memes.
Hashtags are Twitter posts linked together and distinguished by the #keyword appended to everyone’s 140 character contributions. If you follow enough interesting and/or clever people — comedians, for example! — then the memes can be fun to watch and even participate in.
It’s basically a public session of joke brainstorming.
- Grace Under Arcade Fire
- Postmodern Family
- Joanie Likes Chachi’s Facebook Status
- My Twee Sons
- Chaz in Charge
- Punky Micro-Brewster
- Undeclared (But Leaning Toward Art History)
My own first efforts… sucked out loud. Night Torte was just lame, and Top Fixed Gear wasn’t terrible but was based on a non-sitcom. But after a few more minutes I managed to come up with a few that don’t make me cringe with embarrassment:
- Married… without Children
- Eight is Enough Viewers
- The Dicks with Van Dykes Show
That last one felt satisfying enough that I decided to quit while I was ahead.
- And no, I didn’t keep track of attributions for each of these, since they were flying by too fast, and anyway I’m not the Curator of All Twitter Twats. [↩]
- M*A*S*H*U*P is one of those ideas that is both so immediately obvious and so tightly clever that I get annoyed at myself for not coming up with it first. Not that I actually could have done so; it just seems that way. This is usually the mark of a great joke. [↩]