If you don’t use Twitter or find it trivial and annoying, stop reading. This post will only cement what you already think.
I can’t be sure, since Twitter happens to be down for scheduled maintenance right now, but I first heard from Dennis Howlett that this week was superhero week on Twitter.
Later in the day, Sam Lawrence confirmed that, starting tomorrow, the next week would be superhero week on Twitter. I guess two tweeters was enough to convince me, so I immediately updated my avatar.
For the last month or so, each Friday has been chinposin day. This is like casual Friday applied to Twitter, only instead of wearing a Hawaiian shirt, you change your Twitter avatar to a picture of you assuming a pensive pose, i.e. hand to chin, or something similar.
I’ve been having a small Twitter crisis lately, in that I think I’m following too many people and can’t keep up with all the updates. So, I’ve passed on the chinposin Twittermeme. However, I couldn’t pass up superhero avatars.
Why you may ask? I love comics and cartoons. I know, “Hi, I’m Jake. I’m 34, and I like cartoons and comics.” Still, nothing gets me going like a Batman vs. Superman debate. Batman, if you’re wondering.
This is part where my wife rolls her eyes.
One of the things I like most about Twitter is its personal side. Twitter exposes people’s real lives, what they do, what they think, what’s happening in their lives. People I follow have had babies and tweeted about (congrats Craig). Others have been through family crises and illnesses over Twitter.
I haven’t met these people in person, but I can share their experiences through Twitter, if I so desire. That’s a neat side effect.
So, this week, we’re having a laugh. I highly suggest you pick a superhero for the week. It’s actually an interesting study in human nature, too. The reasons why someone would choose a certain superhero could tell you a lot about that person. Take Christine Lu for example, as she lays out her reasons for why she picked Miriya from Robotech.
Plus, it’s like Hallowe’en, without the crafts.
If you’re wondering, my superhero is the Tick, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year. Why some obscure character that you probably don’t know.
He always made me laugh.
Anyway, enjoy the week as your favorite alter ego.