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Twitter: I don't get it.

Do you? If so, what am I not getting? Mostly, I find "tweets" irritating and lacking in anything I'd want to read. Despite the cute name.

Chris

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astein142
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I don't get it either. I've been reading tweets from some of my friends via LJ or Facebook summaries, and it's mostly "fed the dogs" and "it's snowing" kinda things. I see no reason to make it that easy for my cyberstalkers to keep tabs on me...
mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Also, um, why post that stuff? Besides feeding hungry stalkers, I mean.

Are people texting these in from their phones? If so, they're paying 10 cents per tweet? Um, wow.
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bondo_ba
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I am with you here. The only twitters I find worth reading are those in which editors say "been working on submissions". The rest are just uninteresting noise IMO.
mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
True, I've seen a few that were interesting, mostly from people who had something to say via Twitter. But most of 'em? Nah.
jaylake
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Do you have the 'chat' gene? Twitter is basically a collective extension of the chat/IM/SMS experience. Which is either interesting to you or not, depending on taste.
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mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I've been considering setting it up just to test it, but I think I know what I'd do: ignore it.

If I feel the need to share frequently, I don't feel guilty if I make several LJ posts in a day. Is that bad?
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kijjohnson
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me neither. Even if people care what I ate for breakfast (a cherry white-chocolate scone and drip coffee), it's not worth my time to tell them. And it looks like narcissism, which is something even blogs tremble at the edge of; but at least a blog has content. If you do it right.

Unless you're Confucius, you're not going to have anything intelligent to say in 140 characters.
mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I hear ya!

PS: Scone sounds yummy. (Mine: "Hint of Lime" Tostitos with melted provolone cheese.)
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clevermanka
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
So. Annoying. I hate it. It's another generational thing--with the young hip set so in need of being noticed all the time. roya_spirit and I have noticed this in the Bellydance world, too. Young dancers putting clips of their (early, painful) rehearsals, not asking for critique or tips, but just saying "Hey! Look at me!" It's the same mentality that demands you call your friends as soon as you get out of class, to let them know, that you just got out of class.

I have no patience for it. Surprise.
normalcyispasse
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
It boils down to a lack of substance. Why waste bandwidth -- cyber or neural -- on unsubstantial things? Does it matter, and does anyone care? The answer to both is, of course, no.


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normalcyispasse
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Twitter really bugs the piss out of me. I've removed a few people from my flist simply because their LJ posts became exclusive compendiums of annoying "tweets."
clevermanka
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm waiting for someone on my f-list to try that shit. I hope hope hope that the few people whom I've kept on my read list are smarter than that...
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j_cheney
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this one...
piezocuttlefish
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I totally get Twitter, even though I don't use it. Yet.

My step-family and close friends use Twitter, getting updates on their Blackberries. The community to which they've subscribed is small and pertinent to their lives, so it's not like receiving facebook updates. Really, do I care what this person I met at band camp in 1993 is doing this week? Probably not. However, with people who are close, receiving a twitter is a bit of unexpected emotional captial. It's like looking over to see the photograph you keep of the person on your desk during the day, only it's an actual message from the person. With a small group, Twitter can be used to create solidarity across a city, even in a public place. Twittering during Thanksgiving dinner provided my brothers a number of good laughs by being a humourous metaconversation. Its push nature makes it more rewarding than any sort of online forum. Then again, if you have any website, like LJ or OKcupid, automatically update you when someone sends you a message, you're already experiencing some of the joy of Twitter.
clevermanka
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Twittering during Thanksgiving dinner provided my brothers a number of good laughs by being a humourous metaconversation.

I can see how this would be a wonderful way to use the format for people who couldn't attend a family function. Good idea!
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queza7
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
I don't like the platform, but I'm on it just to know how it works. I've started up a Naka-Kon Twitter because lots of people have been asking for it, but I'm mostly going to ignore it once I get it set up (with scheduled tweets that automatically post, of course).

Really, I don't see the point.
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mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do see the coolness of it for reporting.
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selinker
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
My dad says: "If you know everything everyone you know has done all day, what do you talk about when you see them?"
mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. On the other hand, well-thought-out (or sorta so) blog posts can provide material for discussion.
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mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
This is why I'm immediately turned off when I see an LJ full of tweets, because I've come to expect them to be high noise:signal.

I find it odd that people who make otherwise interesting blog posts feel the need to tweet.
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mckitterick
Jan. 12th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
...but at least you can ignore people's tweets and texts!
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margaretq
Jan. 12th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I admit to opening my twitter account once in a blue moon and realizing most of the time - I don't get it or that it was only relevant in the moment. I despise IM'ing - just an annoyance at work.

HOWEVER - for certain purposes it is really handy. I just haven't sat down to see if I can set up filters in such a way to make it efficient.
In media- everyone twitter links to wikis or shared dats/stories as we work. Its liek texting - but with a lik on your pc to what you really need.

And amongst political junkies/blogers - mostly its links.

On a personal side - I don't have a lot of friends on twitter that post what they had for lunch. My friends MIGHT twitter - "Finished exams" when they get through their bar exams or something milestone-y. Or "passed exams! woot! I'm official now." Usually its genuinely something I care about them sharing.

For planning purposes - it can be really convenient for everyone to twitter completed event planning stages. But, in reality - a work-site wiki or texting/emailing accomplishes the same.

Again - in reality - its one more thing. And I don't really get it.

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