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Friday, March 30, 2012

Twittering Into Your Descendants' Lives

Some people set up Twitter to re-tweet their old tweets (for instance, you might set up a second Twitter account to re-tweet your tweets from a year ago).

This raises the possibility that you could set up a Twitter account to re-tweet your old tweets when your children are exactly the same age (so your 30th birthday tweets would be re-tweeted on their 30th birthdays, and so forth). Your children could see what you were like at the same age. Then their children could see their parents' tweets as well as their grandparents' tweets. The tweets would presumably always be age-appropriate, so even risqué tweets wouldn't cause problems (or at least, not age-appropriateness problems).

After 4-5 generations, it might get a bit unwieldy, but I have to think that it would be fascinating to see your great-great-grandparents' tweets, which would have a sense of immediacy but which would presumably describe a very different world. (In theory, this needn't be restricted to blood relatives, but those seem like the most obvious choices.)

I guess the big downside is self-censorship. No one wants their kids to know about their humiliating sexual experiences, but we do want to tweet about them. Maybe the solution is to skip a few generations. I don't care if my great-grandkids know about my infrequent (but frequently humiliating) sexual escapades.

Another possibility, of course, is that your descendants will speak a different language. But honestly, those fuckers should learn English.


Blogger Grobstein said...

Unfortunately Twitter is really profligate with your data and things from more than a couple thousand tweets ago are liable to disappear forever.

10:24 AM  
Blogger James said...

That seems crazy. Even the most data-intensive tweet must be tiny - not even a kilobyte I'm guessing? In any case, a third-party application could theoretically capture your tweets and then feed them back into Twitter when desired.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Grobstein said...

Yes, I think to keep the data *somewhere* would be not too expensive (although the volume of tweets is very large and I have no idea what revenue-per-tweet is like). But to keep the data *in twitter* may be more expensive, it's probably massively redundant to make it work faster.

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