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Alas!

Twitter has suspended the account "cwalken." One can't even read the tweets any more. When I began following the feed, there were 20k followers. I picked it up off of someone's blog mention. When suspended this past Friday, the feed had about 75k followers.

The error is that the actor's, Christopher Walken's, photo was used as the header, leading one to believe that he was the author or that he authorized the posts. Had there been a less obvious photo used, well, it might still be out there.

I was never sure if it was Walken himself. I said to the Dude from the first post I read that there was an elegance to them that came from a writer. They had a roundness, an ending, all in 140 characters. It was like reading Haiku. They couldn't have been off the cuff, they were clearly thought out. I said if it was Walken writing, then he had incredible talent as a writer as well as an actor. The tweets were existential, elegant, and usually funny.

"I tell people I'm scared of horses to get out of being in parades, but I'm not really. Strange, I know. The horses get it."

That's as close as I remember to just one of many that made me laugh. You can google "cwalken" and "twitter" and find several articles on what happened.

Frog Out

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marshall_payne
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I see you've succumbed to twitting. Though perhaps you were just playing along on my SSF post back then. ;-)
birdhousefrog
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Sort of succumbed because of who I follow, people whose blog I follow who have more casual feed on twitter.

At the time of your SSF post, I hadn't. Didn't intend to and had no clue. I'm still not entirely sure it's for me. I'm more into the DJ thing on blip. Most of my "tweet-like" conversation is with The Dude and is definitely not for public consumption on twitter. We've had private IM conversations for years, sometimes across a crowded room, flying laptops. So I think I've always "twittered," but it was private, for an audience of one.

Edited at 2009-03-29 05:34 pm (UTC)
marshall_payne
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Understandable. Is twitter for me? I hate to admit this, but I don't have a cell phone. And you know me, with my telemarketing "job," I'm on the phone a lot. But I never go anywhere, so I don't see the need for a cell phone. I did write one of these 140 characters or less twitter stories but trunked it when I realized I couldn't sub it without a twitter account. Again, no cell phone.
elarasophia
Mar. 29th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I discovered the cwalken feed literally five minutes before it was taken down. We were discussing Twitter in a thread on the Absolute Write forum, and someone posted the link. I thought it was excellent and hilarious writing, with the posts very well thought out. It's such a shame the person writing it hadn't been able to get Walken's permission beforehand.

There is a Google cache of some of the recent posts from that feed here.
birdhousefrog
Mar. 29th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link!
hildebabble
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I was a fan, too. God, that stuff was clever.
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