Social media can be a useful means to stay connected, but for many, it can become as addicting as crack cocaine, and as serious as a heart attack.
Duff McKagan is the founding bassist of Guns N' Roses and the leader of Seattle's Loaded. His column runs every Thursday on Reverb. He tweets @duffmckagan.
If you tweet, and feel you need to constantly check your Twitter account, may I suggest some "people" to follow who may shed some humorous light to your day, or otherwise help you from going completely off of the rails.
This list is bit dude heavy. For my fashion advice, I just look for something black in the bottom of my drawer. But if you're a girl, go to @SuHolmesMcKagan, where there's plenty of chick stuff going on.
At any rate, here's my list of disposable social-media boredom solvers and mysticists:
@JonesYsJuKeBoX: Yes, Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols does tweet. His morose humor at unexpected times borders on mad genius.
@JoelMcHale: We all know him from Community and The Soup, but it takes true comedic wit to be truly funny in 140 characters or less. Any guy who is from Seattle, and has a Twitter-handle of 'PROUD MOM', has got my vote.
@KJRGas: If you are a Seattle sports fan, or even a casual student of life, follow Mike Gastineau of KJR 950. He often has one-liners that come from the same part of outer space that Funkadelic and JP Patches came from.
@MMFlint: Michael Moore of Fahrenheit 911 fame, keeps me informed and alert of the miasma that often pollutes our American politics. Smartest guy on Twitter? Perhaps.
@insertfartnoise: Guitarist Mike Squires' public commentary often rivals the ranting of Michael Moore.
@DadBoner: Starting usually on a Thursday, Karl Wetzein from somewhere in Michigan, will inform us all that he is "So pumped for the weekend, you guys!". His Twitter platform has covered everything from partying from your boat when it's still on its trailer in a 7-11 parking lot ('cause there are more chicks there than in a lake), to his ex-wife Ann still wanting to "get carnal" with him at the drop of a hat.
@johnroderick: This dude kills me. As stated earlier, it takes a special type of humor to get to a real and cognizant point of delivery in just a few sentences. Roderick should be on everyone's 'Follow' list. He turned serious this week, and changed his theme to the Cold War...but he was back to bacon and breakfast cereal before one could say "Glasnost"!
@ESPN: Yep. I like sports.
@tomwaits: Who knew? Yes, even the weighty and the dark have entered the sphere of the public instamessage. Anything this guys does is worth at least a cursory glance by us humans.
@KFUCKINGP: Kenny Powers from HBO's Eastbound And Down has been a bit MIA as of late, but no other has been quite as publicly bold as our man from Florida.
@refusedband: The Refused are NOT fucking dead.
@swreverb: Yes, yes, I know. But Seattle Weekly is a primary source for news, which means they don't simply re-title someone else's articles and re-circulate.