Twitter and Kerouac
Would Jack Kerouac like "twitter"? That is the question. I like twitter for it's simplicity. Jack might use it to write haikus.
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To see if there would be a response I began posing questions about Kerouac and his writings in twitter's 140 character "update" field, not knowing if anyone would read, let alone answer, them. I labeled these questions a "Kerouac Kwiz." The first "Kwiz" asked for the name of the real person who was the character Japhy Ryder in "The Dharma Bums." A couple days later a twitter person responded with the correct answer, Gary Snyder. Could this happen on FaceBook? Of course this required a second and more difficult Kwiz: What poem did Snyder read at the famous "Six Gallery" poetry slam. Another twitterer supplied the answer -- "A Berry Feast." This person, a librarian, had discovered the Kwiz when searching twitter for Gary Snyder. As they noted, they couldn't resist answering and now they are "followers." I've posted three more Kerouac questions, but so far no more answers. Like so many experiments this may go no farther, but it is an example of the odd way that the internet can at times function.