With the fail whale cropping up even more than usual, I think I have found a good backup for Twitter.
The folks at humorous paper products company Knock Knock have come up with an entirely analog variant of the microblogging service.
The company sells notepads billed as "Paper Tweets," where people can use pen and paper to jot down their witticisms of 140 characters or fewer. There are check boxes to indicate whether you are retweeting, replying, direct messaging, or just updating your status. And even a place to write in one of those silly hash tags. The only downside is that you have to hand-deliver your tweet.
The product reminded me of what Chronicle Books did some years back when the Palm Pilot was all the rage--offering a "Paper Palm" notepad.
We prepared a few Paper Tweets for you, our readers, and posted photos in the slideshow. But, I thought it might be fun to see what you come up with, so included in that gallery is a blank Paper Tweet. Feel free to print it out and fill it in. Then you can either e-mail back a scan, or fax it to 415-344-1229 (and I'll check the fax for the first time in a decade). Hopefully we'll get enough fun responses to do a follow-up posting.
If you want to get your own pad of Paper Tweets, they cost about $5 for 50 pages, so you'll have enough to amuse each of your co-workers individually. For those too cheap to buy a pad of paper, they also have some pretty cool free e-cards.