OK, we’re almost to the funny part (just three more paragraphs). But for those who need an excuse to let go and be funny and still feel like you are participating in the social gestalt of our age, here is a quote from a man who has written a book about the topic.
"Shakespeare's observation that 'brevity is the soul of wit' has never been more true than on Twitter, and, in the case of Steve Martin, that wit is his patented cracked, brilliant sense of humor," says Paul Levinson, author of "New New Media," in an e-mail. "The one-liner has always been the comedian's punchline, but it has found its ideal form in Twitter's 140-character missive."
"And, as is the case with all new new media, in which consumers become producers, the funny lines on Twitter come not only from pros like Martin, but anyone with a slightly deranged funny thought in their head,” he says.
So here we go: The top tweets in this book that are not written by Steve Martin.
1. Martin tweeted about his newly released album: “Rare Bird Alert #3 on Amazon. I’m as happy as a clam. Wait. Are clams really happy?” The response from @gropious3: “The chilling sound of clam-laughter has caused many fishermen to quit the sea.”
2. Martin’s tweeted: “Finally thinking about getting a computer." The response from @timdyson: “Make sure it has an ‘ANY’ key for all those sites that say, ‘hit any key to continue.’ Mine doesn’t and it’s so annoying.”
3. Martin tweeted: “Trusting wife angry at me for violating sacred pact of marriage. A married man, she claims, does not wear a bustle.” The response from @sarabuchan: “well, not in the FRONT. That’s probably what has made her angry.”
4. Martin tweeted: “Found some great new twitter pants. Tight red spandex with calf protectors. I’m sure the quality of tweets will improve now." The response from @BuddyGott: “I have the exact same twitter outfit. Let’s not wear them at the same place at the same time, ok?”
5. Martin tweeted: “Thinking of moving to Alabama because of ease of spelling the state. Only four letters to remember.” The response from @akmoss: “it’s why I moved to Oslo." And from @dandelions8910: “Also it’s always first on those pick your state drop down menus.”