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REPORT: Over 30 Titles Delayed Due to Twitter Updates

Written by Gavin D. on Saturday, February 06 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

REPORT: Over 30 Titles Delayed Due to Twitter Updates

Guess that means we'll have to wait even longer for Image United.

Twitter, the social media application which limits your racism to 140 characters, has released an update which will now show "tweets" in an order based on a new algorithm. Much of Twitter has dissented to the new change, but none more so than the comics community, which relies on the service as a vital part of its creative process. Many creators have preemptively announced delays to their titles as they will need at least a week to adjust to the new system.

At this time, over 30 titles across various companies have been delayed. Image has already announced 17 delays themselves, citing a substantial number of creative teams who rely on Twitter for entertainment as well as self-esteem. We reached out to Image for comment, but we don't expect a response for the next 3 months. Despite being plagued by delays, however, that response is likely to be one of the most critically acclaimed on the market.

"This could very well be the most substantial set back to the comic market since Marvel Comics attempted to act as their own distributor," said Comics Historian Dr. Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms. "By my calculations we could be seeing as many as 53 titles delayed before creators fully adjust, meaning Twitter could have a greater effect on comics tardiness than even Secret Wars."

Some creators, however, are finding the changes to have little effect on their lives. "It looks like the search function hasn't changed, so I should still be able to berate people who dislike my Spider-Man," said Dan Slott while slapping at salmon who were swimming upstream. "Expect Dead no More to disappoint you on time." Similarly, superstar artist Rob Liefeld told The Outhouse that he doesn't even read the tweets he responds to, and can just as easily pick unrelated tweets at random and respond with comments about how great Rob Liefeld is and, by the way, did you know that he created Deadpool. Radical writer Ales Kot, for his part, claims to have transcended Twitter's web interface altogether, and can now locate, read, and respond to tweets using only the power of his mind.

For others, though, the effect is more noticeable. "How am I supposed to respond to every 'Bernie Bro' who posts a comment disparaging my beloved Hillary Clinton if they don't show up right away in my timeline?!" worried Marvel writer Nick Spencer. "The thought of some Democratic voter out there not being reminded that Hillary is a perfectly viable candidate who knows how to get things done in Washington approximately 2.4 times per minute by my tweets is, frankly, really frightening." Spencer went on to suggest that he may move all of his tweets off of Twitter's secure servers and onto his own private tweet server in his basement, which, he notes, would be totally ordinary and unworthy of any kind of public scrutiny.

It is unknown the full effects of the Twitter update, but if early signs are any indication, they will certainly be devastating. Just think how long it might take us to receive negative responses to this article!


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About the Author - Gavin D.

Gavin Dillinger exists in a constant state of restlessness as he runs between two jobs and spends every spare moment writing articles or scripts. He has also perfected the art of being simultaneously dead tired and jacked on coffee, and is the best-selling author of When is the Right Age to Tell Your Highway It's Adopted. Gavin graduated Cum Laude from MTSU and should probably get a real job. You can follow him on Twitter or see a random thought on tumblr once every three five months.

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