I use Twitter. I like being able to tell my 1.5 friends where I'm at and having him maybe drop in on me. (God, I suck.) I found http://www.tweetscan.com and decided to search for mention of Perl, possibly to follow Perl users in the area, if I could find them. Here's a sample of what I got:
ceri : remembering why I hate Perl
PoBK : *Scream* This is why I HATE perl. There are no less, that 17 modules on CPAN to query domain Whois data! Seventeen!!!1oneeleven
ironsoap : We now come to the part of the show where I sing a little song about how much I hate Perl and its evil sibling Unicode.
calico : @mrballistic - re: DB-backed sites -yep, I worked with a company doing it with PERL backends and an Access DB back then - painful
neilfws : think the perl love affair might be over
jonsagara : I can't believe there are Web applications still written in Perl.
baseonmars : i want to stab perl in the head and make it's eyes bleed.
ba78 : "No one working on ES4 wants it to be like Perl 6."
chastell : ‘Perl style guide’. ahahaha *snort*.
neilfws : enough perl horror for today; need to go home and calm down
acdha : replacing hackish Perl with half as much better Python feels *so* good
etherjammer : @fadeaccompli, deep sympathy. - just occurred to me - are you going to have to learn Perl?
eosadler : @amndw2 Why perl? Consider trying ruby. "Learn to Program" by Chris Pine is a great intro book that I've been teaching from.
SlexAxton : Both of these return true in Perl: "Perl" eq "Perl" and "Perl" == "Dumb"
fortunetweet : There are worse things than Perl....ASP comes to mind
breathoffire : The whole "theres more than one way to do it" concept of perl can be tedious.
noahk17 : @bluesharpie5 So far everyone has said job #2. Perl is dead anyways. I'll be sure to tweet as soon as I hear something!!
mpstaton : @dweekly perl? isn't that so 2004?
offwhitemke : Primary experience example of less code is not better, Perl.
Perl haters: shut the hell up until you learn awk and sed, understand what they do that other languages don't, and why Perl took from them.
I know; boring old topic. Image changes like adding strong typing (typesafety.pm), publishing Best Practices, CPANTS, aren't going to change perceptions. How do we tell a whole generation of people first learning to program on purely procedural/OO languages what the *point* of Perl's existence is?