Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Another Vice ...

Do you remember when twitter first came along? 

I do, it was suddenly being talked about everywhere so I went and checked it out and I remember thinking, what kind of idiot's life is so empty that they'd follow this? ... or in the more cultured poetic words of Alexander Pope ...

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;"

I'd seen twitter, it was a vice, and I decried it for the pointless thing that it was. 

However, a few months ago a mate of mine @timyowie, found the account I'd created when I was looking at twitter and started following me (even though I wasn't posting anything) so I followed him back....

... then I found out about this bike ride that Helen Skelton of the BBC was doing down to the South Pole and the only way I could follow it was via blogs and her tweets, so I followed her as well ... 

Next I found myself following several bloggers like the FatCyclist and JillOutside so I could get real time race updates from events they were competing in.

I started following triathlete Paula Findlay as she prepared for her races and endurance rider Bill Martin as he competed in 24 hour endurance races  ... Yep, I was well and truly on the slippery slope to the embrace ...

"Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”
 

When Sarah Outen was swept up in a Typhoon Mawar off Japan whilst trying to paddle the Pacific Ocean, I was refreshing my twitter account every hour or so to follow her real time updates as her boat was capsized and thrown around in the huge seas whilst she waited for rescue to arrive ...

Now as, I stand waiting for my morning coffee I find myself reading Jens VoightsTour De France tweets ...  I'm addicted.  I have a new vice.

However what I'm really wondering is if twitter was around in the 18th century, would Alexander Pope have just tweeted a few lines rather than create those huge long poems of his ...

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