My Google+ is cannibalizing My Twitter

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In my last post, I said Google+ is what you make of it. So far, I’ve created an expanded Twitter. The people I know at some level and the people I follow are drawn almost exclusively from Twitter. A few are also friends on Facebook. My universe of Facebook friends is a hodgepodge collection of real-life friends and co-workers, old classmates, people I friended to interview for stories, people I met on MySpace who switched to Facebook (use your imagination), people I met from other online groups (such as Wonkette commenters), etc. My Google+ crowd is on Twitter, is tech-savvy, and smart. The quality of posting and commenting is very high. These folks also talk a lot about Google+, which I don’t mind, though some are feeling free to post animated cat GIFS and otherwise diversify their voice. I called My Version of Google+ an expanded Twitter because the people I know on Twitter are now being revealed to me beyond the 140-character limit. Especially for people I’m following, such as high-profile entrepreneurs and tech journalists, I am getting access to their thinking that was only available if they had some other outlet and linked to it on Twitter. With all that said, this means that these people are spending less time on Twitter. So my version of Google+ plus is cannibalizing Twitter. Every minute I spend on Google+ is a minute I would have spent scrolling through my fast-paced Twitter stream. I love Twitter and don’t want to hurt it. Xeni Jardin, an editor at Boing Boing, wasn’t so sentimental when she declared: “It’s official. I like G+ more than Twitter now.
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Web fame for dancer in ‘Friday’ music video

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I have finally watched that Rebecca BlackFriday” video on YouTube. I tried twice before, and twice I failed to make it to the end. But this time, I was on a mission. I was looking for the “that girl in pink who dances awkwardly.” She shows up doing this arm-waving thing somewhere in the middle of the video. When I watched the video, it had 1,737,421 “dislikes” versus 221,111 “likes.” It is the most disliked video on YouTube. Yet, some people can’t seem to get enough of it. When I started watching it at 12:06 a.m., it had 86,823,286 views. I checked again at 12:16, and the view count had jumped to 87,132,524. In 10 minutes, the video had been viewed 300,000 more times. I’m not going to trash the song or video. It’s sung by a 13-year-old girl. I was interested in Benni Cinkle, the other 13-year-old girl, who is basically an extra. But when you appear in a video with this much attention, weird things happen. More

The unloved orphan: Your unanswered Quora question

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How far removed must two family members be (who share the same bloodline) for their sexual relationship to no longer be considered incest?
Question added to topic Sex. 11:36pm on Friday • 0 Answers • Follow

Have you tried Quora? You go to the website, ask a question, and supposedly somebody with some knowledge on the subject will provide you an answer. Sometimes you get an answer straight from a key player, such as when the John Borthwick, the CEO of bit.ly, the URL shortener using the Libyan .ly, responded to this question: “What will happen to http://bit.ly links if Gaddafi shuts down the Internet in Libya due to protests?” So-called Q&A sites are hot, and Quora is red-hot with hype. The developers are trying to create social places with quality content, and that is a worthy goal. But can Quora avoid degenerating into a Yahoo! Answers site? That has been the biggest fear of the Quora enthusiasts. And their fear is being realized. Let us examine some unanswered Quora questions:

Is it true that Taco Bell uses a “meat hose” to create their tasty, tasty tacos? (and burritos, etc). Or is it just an urban myth?
Question added to topic Taco Bell. Jan 25, 2011 • 0 Answers • Follow

Is the diced carrot in vomit actually stomach lining?
Question added to topic Vomit. Jan 13, 2011 • 0 Answers • Follow

Has Justin Bieber been baptized?
Question added to topic Justin Bieber. 11:43pm on Sunday • 0 Answers • Follow

Kim Jong-Il looking at lesbians who look like Justin Bieber

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I never saw this mermaid movie

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Tumblr is a great blogging platform for the flash-in-the-pan meme. Justin Bieber recently stirred some controversy by saying in a Rolling Stone interview that he was anti-abortion. And voila, a Tumblr called Apologist Bieber that is nothing but variations on something he said in the context of abortion and rape: “Everything happens for a reason.” Then there was the Tumblr that popped up after Arcade Fire won Album of the Year at the Grammys highlighting the dumbfounded reactions of many people after the Canadian band won the most coveted gramophone statuette. Several Tumblrs got a lot of attention last year, including one called Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things and Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber. Some mainstream media outlets are dabbling in Tumblr, such as Newsweek, and even The New Yorker. I don’t know why. More