Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tweet of the Year Decade Millennium:
My Quest for the Ultimate Re-Tweet

Your quest to get re-tweeted by @Alyssa_Milano is the best non-porn thing about the internet.
-- Dave Weigel

She's the ultimate celebrity Tweep, with more than 500,000 followers but, as of noon today, was only following 499 people, whereas I've got about 2,700 followers and am following nearly 1,300 people.

This illustrates an enormous status disparity and ever since October, when Alyssa re-Tweeted a Slate column by Mickey Kaus -- who has about 1,700 followers -- I've been trying to reverse-engineer the Kaus magic: "Why Does Alyssa Milano Hate Me?"

Alyssa is to Twitter what Matt Drudge is to news, and what Professor Glenn Reynolds is to blogging. (On Twitter, Drudge has 46,000 followers and Instapundit has about 6,000 followers.) People tell me that my quest is hopeless, but as Vince Lombardi said, "A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits."

In addition to Lombardi's maxim, there's also the inspiration of my role model, Pepe Le Pew:

The wonderful thing about Pepe is that he cannot conceive that anyone would not love him.
Guys often ask how a homely guy like me got such a beautiful wife like Mrs. Other McCain. It's not just the Speedo-worthy physique, my friends. It's also the Pepe Le Pew persistence, the irresistible ardor of the relentless suitor.

That's how I am when I set my mind on a goal. I'm Pepe Le Pew, and the object of my desire is that cat who accidentally got a white stripe painted on her back. Excuse me if you're creeped-out by that analogy, but that's just how I roll.

Speaking of rolling, I've already booked my flight for Pasadena so I can go cover Alabama winning the national championship next week in the Rose Bowl.

Hit the tip jar! ROLL TIDE! Re-Tweet me, Alyssa!


  1. Excellent idea,have just retweeted as requested!
    Keep up the good ideas! Tom

  2. "It's not just the Speedo-worthy physique, my friends. It's also the Pepe Le Pew persistence, the irresistible ardor of the relentless suitor."

    And here I thought it was the blackjack and the epic drive to Vegas before she got her wits about her...

  3. I have 12 followers does that make my blog an exclusive club? Would followers qualify for minority status? My neighbor passed me without waving today does that qualify me for the "undeniable virtue of the oppressed" status?

  4. There. I followed you. 'Nother notch on the keyboard for ya. Don't follow me back. I'm just a giveaway-addicted housewife. LOL

  5. Stacy,

    What does your wife think of this quest?

  6. You are going to have to pledge vegitarianism to get Alyssa to tweet you.

    Here are some freaky ads from Ace.

  7. Maybe she'll re-tweet your concession tweet when Alabama loses to Texas. I don't know if she's a Longhorn fan or not, but that could be the whole hangup here.


  8. It's not the Speedo physique. Look at that hairdo in the pic. Everyone makes fun of them, but no woman can resist a mullet!

  9. It's not the speedo, it's the mullet. No woman can resist a mullet!