Saturday, August 08, 2009

Tweet Elite

Tweeting Too Hard is a site that provides "recognition" for "self-important tweets," where users can recommend asinine Twitter postings that can be voted up or down the rankings by giving "back pats" to the tweet. Obviously many of the "All-Time Top" listings are parodies, but "Random" and "Newly Added" seem to show the postings of genuine people.

Rhetorically, there are a number of interesting aspects of their "About" page. For example, they accept the possibility that they would merit to criticism themselves for their own online practices.

We acknowledge the twivial nature of ourselves and of the Twitterverse. We pay our dues to the twansience of our thoughts and our existence. And we do not twolerate egotism or pretense. Think before you tweet. Welcome to TTH.

They also frame their discourse as "good-natured" fun in which their mockery is supposedly aimed at promoting social inclusion rather than exclusion.

There’s always that person at a party that is trying way too hard. Well, Twitter is a party and those people are here, too. Actually, it could be you.

Tweeting Too Hard is the place to submit, vote on, and chuckle self-righteously at tweets that are just too much. Self-importance, pretense, braggadocio—it’s all here and it’s laid bare for the scoffing.

We all know someone who is due for a good-natured tweet-roast. So get to it. Click the big green submit button and make the world a better place.

(Thanks to Bitch Ph.D. for the link, via Twitter, of course.)

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