March 9, 2009
Hacking Your Own Comfort Level into the System
Oh man, I am super-proud of myself. Yesterday I hacked up a Ruby script that loads my Twitter feed and deletes any tweets more than a week old that I haven’t marked as favorites. It’s set to run every few hours.
For me, this is perfect: Twitter is now totally ephemeral, a stream of real-time notes that disappear after their utility is spent, instead of piling up like so many 140-character skeletons in the cyber-closet.
It’s more like a live conversation than an email exchange, actually! Just words floating up into the night air…
Am I the only one who feels this way? Every time I looked at my tweet tally — 300, 400, 500 — I’d think: “Ugh. What is all that stuff back there?”