The news late Thursday that Twitter was going public left Twitterers twerking in triple-time.
Why the long wait?
Because it’s taken them up until now to design a business plan based on 140-character memos.
From the beginning, the founders of Twitter knew people would flock to sign up to their social media site. Millions of early birds took a bite of the worm and it seems they liked what they tasted. Not a group to be caged by their inability to construct complete sentences, many newbies made honest mistakes as they climbed on to the back of the blue bird for their first flight into brevity.
But they soon broke out of their shells and quickly made a nest for themselves, showing off their feathers with Twitter’s design tools and pecking away in the hopes that followers would swoop in and not shit on their keyboards. Yes, there have been some messy moments when newspapers didn’t catch all the droppings. They have laid a few rotten eggs. Like when the “fail” whale appeared for the first time.
We all thought the rule of only 140 characters was a bit severe. We came to understand it was necessary to keep that whale under water where he belonged and not flitting about our computer screens with little birds pecking at his head. So we learned to write in short, snappy sentences while getting really good at watching our character countdown while we typed. I’m really happy I wore rimless glasses at the time I was starting out. If I’d been wearing my “Buddy Holly” black-framed glasses, I’d still be on Facebook.
Just thinking about that makes me want to sharpen my beak.
With the introduction of the hashtag, Twitter really took flight. It was a chance for us to fly in formation as we hunted for followers who were our “birds of a feather.” We were flying high on the wings of creativity and social causes, and we refused to be caged. And just when we though it couldn’t get any better, Twitter introduced an app.
It was an orgasmic event felt around the world and we’re still glistening from the experience.
With every new version, Twitter gives us something to chirp about. Sure, there are other social media sites that attract our attention. Facebook and Google+ have their faithful following. But nobody’s plumage is as enticing or seductive as Twitter’s feathery charms.
Those of us who survive — THRIVE — on the crumbs of few words? Twitter and us…we’re just a couple of love birds.
Twitter, we wish you all the best. Your stock is *cheep* at any price.