Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why You Should Be on Twitter: A Visual Guide

Twitter is pretty great. Despite what many think, it is not just another version of the Facebook wall, where people post whatever inane thoughts pop into their head throughout the day. Sure, that's part of it, but there's more to it than that. Much, much more.

Twitter is a rich cornucopia of information for you to browse and enjoy. For example, you may have heard about Kim Kardashian's wedding last year. I did, thanks to Twitter. And I got a pretty unique perspective on it.

Twitter is also a great way to get a peek into personalities and lifestyles you know nothing about. It can be a great way to discover new ways of thinking and living you never imagined.

It's a great way to get in touch with your favorite large corporations and let them know how you feel.

But the absolute best reason to use Twitter is to guilt semi-celebrities into eating eggs on camera. Wait, what? Let me explain. It all started with one man and a dream...

From that single tweet, multiple people joined in, each pledging small cash amounts of their own if Steve Harwell, the lead singer of Smash Mouth, would eat the eggs. It soon got to the point where you could not search "Smash Mouth" on Twitter without seeing people begging them to accept the Egg Challenge. Amazingly, Harwell responded, challenging those who had pledged their money to raise $10,000 for charity. If the money could be raised, the eggs would be eaten, or so he promised.

The money was raised in less than a week. The gauntlet had been thrown down. Would Steve Harwell eat the eggs? I am happy to report that Steve Harwell may be in a shitty band, but he is a man of his word.

And yes, that is celebrity chef Guy Fieri cooking the eggs. Also, S.J. Sharky, the official mascot of the San Jose Sharks, was there for a reason I can't quite explain.

Twitter is amazing. It is a place where your wildest dreams can come true. It is a place where you can force the lead singer of a dumb one-hit wonder to eat 24 eggs. I sincerely hope I've convinced you to sign up. Follow me!

This post would not have been possible without help from, Corporate Twits and Something Awful.

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