@rands Much of the world traffics in titles. It's the means by which they convey their status. These people are douchebags.
Good Tweet, great sentiment. I care more who you are than who your "dig me" sign says you are.
I didn't understand it. Bad tweet.
Tweeting is an absolute waste of time and a great way to butcher English.
I totally disagree. It's a tool. It can be used wisely or stupidly.
You probably tweet and get tweets from different people than I do. But when I go to topics randomly, I see people talking gutter & saying stupid immature things. Maybe I don't know how to use it.
That's exactly what I mean. I follow scientists, science journalists, interesting tech people (mostly Mac), food people, gardening people, some news media, etc, plus actual friends, and my daughter. If you look at any of the trending topics it's
How's it a tool? Is SOH on twitter? Sorry to be so ignorant. I thought it was just to leave short remarks back n forth between people.
usually garbage. But because you CAN follow specific accounts, you have have to look at the garbage.
Not saying every tweet is a thing if wonder, but it's my very favorite social media site.
I can ask questions of, or follow discussions between, other scientists. I can find out what the tech people think about stuff, sometimes before seeing it in their columns, & in a much more casual way. I can be alerted to important events; I can
talk to the editor of my local newspaper (he's a nice guy) about things happening in town. I can get frequent updates about something happening locally, like during the wildfires here last summer. It's the greatest networking system I've ever
seen. It can be misused; you have to be careful, especially about breaking news.
I don't think SOH has a general Twitter account, but there is one where Tony occasionally posts funny stuff from SOH (@sohlol). (SOH has a Facebook page, though.)
Thank you. I'm going to have to check out the different groups I can have a conversation with. Thank you for the tips.
Keep tweeting away from SOH. It is poison.
Bad English makes for a bad tweet.
That was kind of convoluted. If the author was saying that people use titles because it gives them a feeling of importance, AND that using titles for this reason is stupid, then I slightly agree.
So, a person earns the title "Doctor" are you saying they shouldn't use it? Yes, some people are douche bags about it, but title do serve a purpose.
Anyone with a PhD has earned that title. What is their purpose for using it if not to convey status?
Notice the word "slightly". I've earned three sergeant ranks in CAP. But it'd be stupid for me to insist that you call me "Sergeant Lux" simply because I earned a title in something that doesn't apply to the current situation.
I'm fine though with doctors and PhD recipients being called "Doctor" so long as they don't just sit around and play video games all day long.
Also, people currently engaged in an activity which gives them a title, I will happily use. Military ranks for example ("General Jones"), or "Senator Jones", etc.
My point though is that there is a fine line between using a title out of respect for the individual. Versus the individual INSISTING that you use the title so that they feel important.
Arrgh. Grammar issues that I didn't notice until after I had posted them.
If you're going to insult a broad group of people, you're a bad tweeter.
What does it mean - please explain to me - I'm naive