Another anti-Twitter

First there was dawdlr, which updates your status like, whenever.

Now there’s Woofer, utilizing a Twitteresque interface for true macroblogging: unlike Twitter, which has a 140-character maximum per update, Woofer has a 1400-character minimum.

I admit to putting up two Woofs, and, given my general objections to halfway measures, they totaled a whopping 6,760 characters. (The determination of exactly at what point characters begin to whop is left as an exercise for the student.)

Of course, this whole concept is based on the traditional motivation Because We Can. It has, so far as I can tell, no actual connection to Twitter.


  1. McGehee »

    26 August 2009 @ 7:48 am

    I don’t think characters are allowed to whop in this politically correct age.

  2. McGehee »

    26 August 2009 @ 8:37 am

    Only hamburgers and malted milk balls, I believe.

  3. fillyjonk »

    26 August 2009 @ 10:05 am

    I suppose someone has already done the obvious thing and posted the longest word (actually, longest Chemical Name) in the English language).

    It’s 189819 letters long.

    Otherwise known as “titin” (”Not to be confused with Tintin” as Wikipedia says; one of my favorite statements on there)

  4. CGHill »

    26 August 2009 @ 10:15 am

    Which, in turn, evokes another Net saying: “TL;DR.”

  5. Population Statistic »

    27 August 2009 @ 11:45 am


    If Twitter is like a stereophonic tweeter — short-burst output that encourages high-frequency — then Woofer is the long-form (1,400-character minimum) low-frequency complement, resembling the eponymous speaker. Because all the work it takes…

  6. unimpressed »

    27 August 2009 @ 4:37 pm

    In the Stereo comparison, since “twitter=tweeter”, wouldn’t it follow that “woofer/=woofer” but “weefer=woofer” or “wiffer=woofer”?

  7. CT »

    28 August 2009 @ 9:41 am

    @unimpressed: Geez, and I feared that I was overthinking it…

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