by Maggie LaMaack
In honor of the World Series finale and the Vikings being terrible, this week we are joined by Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman.) We mostly talk about Twitter dating, though. We know you’re doing it.
LOL/OMG: When and why did you join Twitter?
AG: July 22, 2009. My day job for NBCSports.com (plug!) involves keeping tabs on baseball beat reporters covering all 30 teams. For years that meant tracking RSS feeds, but once their primary news-breaking outlet shifted to Twitter it forced me to give it a try. And now I’m completely addicted. I’m on Twitter all day, following mostly people who have nothing to do with baseball and tweeting mostly things that are very, very stupid.
LOL/OMG: So, the Vikings…
AG: Are people aware that you, the internet’s own Maggie LaMaack, single-handedly ruined the Vikings’ season by deciding to become a fan this year? Seems like that hasn’t gotten nearly enough media attention relative to the team’s incredibly handsome but equally ineffective trio of quarterbacks. Also: Yeah, they’re terrible.
LOL/OMG: They are incredibly handsome. That’s all I’ve got on the sports front. Moving on, you recently tweeted this:
Twitter dating is something a lot of people do, and not a lot of people admit to doing. Maybe it’s time to take this issue up with the Twitter marketing team?
AG: OK, this is so much more interesting to me.
I work from home, so I’m meeting zero women through work, and I’m also a Netflix-watching hermit most of the time. But for whatever reason online dating still seems weird to me. Twitter seems at least marginally better in that you can actually see what type of interests someone has and can get to know their personality in 140-character bursts. I think you’re right about lots of people dating via Twitter while not fessing up to it, but I have no shame and freely talk publicly about anything. I mean, I’ve gotten multiple dates live on KFAN during radio guest appearances, so shame is an abstract concept at most.
I do think some Twitter-like medium for singles would be very interesting because it would provide the same type of “here’s a bunch of single people thrown together” aspect as online dating with the added bonus of social circles and flirting/attraction/whatever based on humor or interests instead of simply pictures and stated interests. And there are pictures too, of course. I mean, let’s not be crazy about it. Twitter already has the “verified” icon, so how about a “single” icon too? No more guess work!
LOL/OMG: This is brilliant. Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter.
AG: There is nothing about myself that I haven’t over-shared on the internet or radio. I’m not even trying to be clever about this answer. There’s just nothing left. I ordered a sweater online from Old Navy’s website during one of my bouts of insomnia the other night. I haven’t admitted that to anyone yet.
LOL/OMG: You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new Twitter bio. Go!
AG: I’m big on the internet.
LOL/OMG: Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
1. @OverTheBaggy (My favorite Twins writer and also good to follow for non-Twins stuff like stories about throwing up in hotel lobbies.)
2. @DanaWessel (American hero. I like everything about him except for the fact that he likes soccer. Plus he lets me park at his house when I go to Uptown.)
3. @RandBallsStu (He was my plus-one to a Jason Isbell concert last week and really made a girl feel special. Top-notch idiot. Also able to mind-read people from Windom, Minn.)
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1. @AlisonAgosti (Comedy writer/performer who’s funny and dirty and great-looking and into baseball. Also a local tie-in, because she writes for Wits.)
2. @ChelseaVPeretti (Stand-up comic/actress on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” who’s basically the best.)
3. @HollyManthei (Works for Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland, will ship beer across the country for a party, and once gave me a really long, awkward hug I’ll never forget.)
Favorite things on the internet in the last week:
1. I’m in love with this woman from New Zealand who dyes her hair neon colors and sings acoustic cover versions of songs on YouTube. Her latest was a Kendrick Lamar cover and it’s great
2. Halloween costume baseball at San Diego State
3. GIF showing the evolution of popular baby names across the country since 1960
LOL/OMG: Any last words?
AG: My three Twitter rules to live by:
1. Favorites and retweets and invites should flow freely. You can’t take ’em with you.
2. Let he who has not sent an ice-breaking first DM cast the first stone
3. Do you like me? (Please check one.) Yes __ No __ Maybe__