"TFW" UMAAers' Ignorance Supersedes Their Arrogance

"TFW" UMAAers' Ignorance Supersedes Their Arrogance

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"TFW" UMAAers' Ignorance Supersedes Their Arrogance

My educational evolution in the Twitter took major steps this week thanks to the very smart UMAAers.  Let’s take a look at how they’ve demonstrated some of their better attributes on the Twitter.

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I had to look up the meanings of the acronym and the term.

I’m referring to TFW and “burner account.”

I didn’t know what either “thing” meant.

Ever since Al Gore invented the Twitter, I’ve been busy doing stuff.

In the last week, I’ve come to realize that I’ve really been missing out.

The Twitter has so many smart people on it.

Not surprisingly, I’m learning so much from the UMAAers who are really good at the Twitter.

Confession: in addition to just catching up to the Twitter, I’m currently giving serious thought to adding Call Waiting to my home telephone service.

So, maybe that might give SpartansWire readers the sense that I’m a fairly traditional guy who might not necessarily wear a Fitbit around my wrist.

To what am I referring in this piece of material that you’re currently reading?

Some of the shrapnel from all of the Jim Harbaugh Big Ten Media Days coverage we’ve provided included this tweet from a really smart person named Scott Bell.

I read the tweet and chuckled.

Quick aside – 85 followers is so Wednesday.  I’m now up to 119.

But after I scratched my head a bit about that “TFW” thing, I pressed some of the google buttons and learned that “TFW” means “That feeling when.”

And then it hit me – Scott Bell thinks I came up with a “burner account” (@JackDoyleMSU) to sort of “fight back” at the UMAAers on the Twitter.

But, initially, I had a question – why does the Twitter call it a “burner account” in the first place?

Why not just call it a “fake account?”

That’s a discussion for another time, I guess.

I did a bit of digging on Scott Bell and as I looked at his page on the Twitter, I quickly came to realize that Scott Bell is important and very smart.

Consider this:

Scott Bell has sent out 46,900 tweets.

AND – Scott Bell has 12,100 followers!

Look, I know I’m new to all of this Twitter stuff – but is it fair to ask the following question of Scott Bell: “What do you do with yourself and your life that gives you the time and the sense that it’s necessary to send out 46,900 tweets into the Twitter?”

And, a question to the 12,100 followers of Scott Bell – he says that he “tells jokes” on this account but that there is “less childish stuff” on another account.  Are his jokes funny?  They must be.

As I continued to dig in some more, I saw that a lot of UMAAers have “liked” Scott Bell’s tweet in which he has said that it “feels like” I created the fake account – sorry, the burner account – that has the @JackDoyleMSU “handle.”

A lot of UMAAers really liked Scott Bell’s thoughts.

Let’s take a look at some of the people who have “liked” Scott Bell’s smart tweet –

Artist.

@Artist06730777

  • Artist’s Twitter descriptor (is that even what it’s called?) says this:
  • “Attacking everyday with Enthusiasm Unknown to mankind. and to hail with the rest.  
  • I love people who Attack everyday with Enthusiasm Unknown to mankind.
  • I think Jim Harbaugh has said that – so, kudos to Artist for adhering to that philosophy.
  • Artis has sent out 53,400 tweets.
  • Artist – you are obviously really important and since you have 2,360 followers, it’s almost as if you’re a Christ-like figure in the flesh.  I’m definitely going to follow you because, if nothing else, it would be exciting to get Twitter alerts every ten seconds since you have a penchant for sending out a substantial amount of tweets.

How about Wolverine Devotee?
@UMichWD
  • You’re Catholic.
  • Good, we’re off to a good start – I’m Catholic too.
  • Believe me when I say that I was one of the best altar servers at Sacred Heart Parish in my time – and, I can say with 100% truth that none of the priests made any moves on me.
  • Wolverine Devotee has sent out 69,200 tweets.
  • Wolverine Devotee – do you just tweet stuff out every time you, as a Michigan Man, take time to consider how UMAA can contribute to the improvement and evolution of the human condition?
  • And, whatever The Blueprint is (the thing that you say you write for), I’m going to go to my local newspaper store and buy a copy of it because I suspect it’s really good.

Who’s next?  Let’s see…
Brennan Probasco
@ProbascoBrennan
  • Okay, here’s where we are going to announce to the UMAAers that I’ve come up with a new acronym for the Twitter.
  • TATFR – Tweet Amount To Follower Ratio.
  • Brennan – you’ve sent out 1.066 tweets.
  • You have 11 followers.
  • Something isn’t clicking.
  • I have no doubt that your 1.066 tweets are brilliant and that it’s the world’s loss that your tweets are going into a black hole.
  • But, maybe you need to examine the approach you’re taking.
  • Maybe you should create a burner account and use it to draw lots of attention to all of the smart tweets that you’ve sent it.
  • That’s just me spitballing.
  • TIFWIW.

Then there’s BlueInDallas.

@luvthefive

  • This person’s descriptor on the Twitter has “UM Engineering ’94” and “UM Law ’96.”
  • Obviously, BlueInDallas is very smart.
  • Making sure everyone knows that you have somehow managed to earn an Engineering degree and a Law degree assures that people will have no choice but to recognize you as a very, very smart person.
  • And, unlike some of your friends, you seem to have a tighter approach to sending out really smart tweets.
  • You’ve sent out 2,893 tweets – and you have 96 followers.
  • I’m not going to label you with the “BrennanProbasco” tab when it comes to TATFR – however, I’d like to think that after almost 3,000 tweets, more than 96 people would find your tweets interesting and smart enough to follow you.

My favorite part about Philly Golfer, @Nick_D11?
  • Within his descriptor on the Twitter, he announces to his legion of followers (228) “Tiger is my man crush.”
  • That’s cool.  I can see that.  I feel you, Philly Golfer.
  • Tiger is awesome.
  • Tiger’s life is a life that I have tried to emulate for many years now and I get the sense that he’s really on the cusp of winning six or seven more Majors.
  • Still, Philly Golfer’s TATFR is not terribly impressive.
  • 1,754 tweets with 228 followers is decent – but I’d encourage Philly Golfer to consider applying some new strategic approaches.
  • Maybe use more abbreviations in your tweets.
  • Or, take a page from Artist and implement some of Jim Harbaugh’s axioms into your personal descriptor.
  • I don’t know – I’m new to all of this so please just understand that while my suggestions might be pedestrian, all I’m trying to do is help.

AJ Downer.

@aj_downer

  • Oh, boy.
  • 897 tweets.
  • 8 followers.
  • Nothing in the space where people put avatars that represent themselves on the Twitter.
  • We’re gonna go easy on AJ Downer since his name appears to be appropriate.

How about…..David?

@davidwiebs

  • David, like all of these UMAAers, is smart.
  • I can tell he’s very smart.
  • He’s sent out 13,900 tweets and he’s earned himself 261 followers.
  • That’s a poor TATFR but I get the sense that David is trying his best.
  • Keep at it, David.  The people are bound to realize that you are very smart any day now.

We move on now to Adam Krawczynski.
@ajkraw57
  • Kraw has an okay TATFR – 984 tweets to go along with 20 followers.
  • Actually, now that I think about it, that TATFR pretty much stinks.
  • Kraw – do something crazy.  Say something ridiculous.  Accuse The Washington Post of publishing a story claiming that you were once arrested for stealing a valuable painting from a museum.
  • Do something.
  • Anything.

Geoffrey Chiles is, obviously, very important, very accomplished, and very smart.
@GeoffJChiles
  • His avatar shows him applying his craft – he’s seen in a headset at what appears to be a broadcaster’s court side table as he’s, presumably, in the middle of describing the action to the people tuning into the broadcast.
  • 19,100 tweets and 1,163 followers leads to an average TATFR – but, since he’s an important an experienced broadcaster, we’re going to give him some serious respect.
  • I’m starting to think that Geoffrey Chiles might be the guy who can start a club of these UMAA tweeters that focuses on increasing everyone’s TATFR.
  • I think Geoffrey Chiles is a leader and a thinker and he can do this.
  • Go, Geoffrey Chiles – get it done.

Bam.
Yes, Bam.
@BamGroedl
  • Bam deserves a lot of respect, obviously.
  • He or she is Bam.
  • Doesn’t that say it all?
  • His TATFR is not great – 12,600 tweets and 499 followers.
  • It just seems to me – particularly when you’re Bam – that you’d have more followers since you’re smart and important.
  • I’ll keep my eye on your Twitter tweets – I just have a gut feeling that the people are missing it with you.

Kathy Hoekstra is a serious person.
@khoekstra
  • She’s a lawyer.
  • Good use of the excellent word “Michigander” in her descriptor.
  • She is a lawyer.
  • She has sent out 18,000 tweets and she has 1,464 followers.
  • That’s a bad TATFR, Kathy.
  • Kathy is a lawyer.
  • Her views are her own and do not reflect or represent the thoughts of her law firm.
  • She is a lawyer.
  • Kathy is smart and important and while her views do not represent her law firm, I know that they’re valuable and earnest.

Kass.
@kassemadoure
EMU ’22
  • I think that might mean that Kass will graduate from Eastern Michigan in 2022?
  • Because you’re, presumably, 11 years old, Kass, we’re going to take a light approach here.
  • Your TATFR (32,000 tweets, 1003 followers) stinks.

Matthew Reeder
@MatthewReede13
  • Matthew really likes ManCity.
  • That, alone, demonstrates that Matthew is really smart and sophisticated because Americans that follow the English Premiere League have an ability to engage in sports that are far more intellectual than our pedestrian American sports.
  • Ah, but it’s that nagging TATFR for Matthew.
  • 12,000 tweets and 241 followers.
  • Matthew – maybe just stick to talking with your English Premiere League fans.  Your message doesn’t seem to be connecting with the masses on the Twitter.

While there are more UMAAers who have weighed in on Scott Bell’s very smart assertion that I created that “burner account,” we’re going to conclude this analysis with an examination of Scott Bell himself.
Scott Bell
@sbell021
  • Scott’s vitals:  I tweet about Michigan and tell jokes on this account. If I RT you, you either just had a great tweet or a very bad tweet. Less childish stuff at .
  • 46,900 tweets
  • 12,100 followers
  • I’m excited to have been RTed by Scott.
  • I suspect my tweet that he retweeted falls into the Scott Bell category of “very bad tweet” – but I’m okay with that.
  • I’m actually grateful for it.
  • Scott Bell has pointed out to me that I need to take a good, hard look at my tweeting approach.
  • Scott tells jokes on his @sbell021 account.
  • I bet they’re funny jokes.
  • How could they not be?
  • Scott Bell is smart and important and it’s obvious that he has a keen sense of how to entertain people.
  • I can only imagine how amazing the content must be on his “less childish” account.
  • One thing that is a priority for me TODAY – to follow Scott Bell’s “less childish” account.

Standby, SpartansWire readers, for more uses of the “TFW” twitter acronym right here on SpartansWire.

And, again, my thanks to the UMAAers for weighing in.

Jack Doyle and I have had a good laugh about the idea of me concocting the clever strategy of creating a fake account of my own on the Twitter so I can thwart the UMAAers in a Machiavellian manner.

You’ve given me much to consider and a burner account for the future is now high on the list.

But when I do create a burner account, I’d really like to use @luvthefive since I think that the Fab Five was really great and that they deserve a lot of respect for winning so many things.

BlueInDallas – let me know if I can float you a few bucks to buy that handle from you….

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