Twitter is NOT........

  1. A way for you to chat 1 on 1 with a buddy...... there are already plenty of applications for you do that.
  2. A way to notify us of your blog post.... this is a well solved problem
  3. A discussion area.... there are much better places to do this
  4. A place for you to let us know every time you belch, fart, perspire or breathe... I wish there was a limit to # posts per hour for those people who love the sound of their own twitters

 

Published 14 July 2008 11:00 AM by zman
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# Jim Perry said on 14 July, 2008 02:35 PM

Well, you could always just ignore the whole thing. Personally, I don't see the point of it.

# Jim Perry said on 14 July, 2008 02:38 PM

Well, you could always just ignore the whole thing. Personally, I don't see the point of it.  

# zman said on 14 July, 2008 04:44 PM

I am approaching my 3rd Twitter Quit this year... I'm with you Jim that the signal to noise ratio is bad - at least for me. I've removed several of the offenders from my follow list instead for now.

# Let's Kill Dave said on 14 July, 2008 09:18 PM

Good idea, Zman...I just twittered about what you wrote about Twittering....now I'm gonna write a blog post then twitter about that.

# kewlniss said on 14 July, 2008 10:59 PM

Heh heh .. after reading this (which was after I just updated twitter) ... I had to check to see if you were still following me :)  As you know, this is my 3rd try as well.  I follow two people that update _very_ often ... most everyone else is hit or miss ... I'm trying to be somewhere in the middle ... I totally agree with your blog post.

Funny thing is I wouldn't have seen this post if it wasn't for a twitter message ... go figure ...  (how does RSS work again?)  ;)

# Paul Evans said on 15 July, 2008 04:48 AM

Ooops, appoligies if you are referring to my feed :0)

# Ryu said on 18 July, 2008 05:58 PM

Do these Twitter people just have that much time on their hands?? Twitter is the dumbest web idea I've ever seen (which probably means it will IPO to $1 billion next year).

# Alvin Ashcraft said on 14 August, 2008 01:51 PM

I agree that there is a lot of noise on Twitter. However, there are no rules to prevent people from Tweeting anything you have listed here. It's up to each user to decide who they want to follow and whether that person posts the kind of information they are interested in reading.

There may be better tools that are dedicated to discussions, blog notifications, and 1-on-1 chat, but Twitter provides the ability to do all those things and lots more in one place. If you watch Good Eats with Alton Brown at all, you'll know that he's a big fan of multi-tasking tools in the kitchen. There is usually no reason to buy five different gadgets that only do one specific thing each.

Just my $0.02...

# zman said on 15 August, 2008 04:47 PM

Alvin, of course I know all that... you must be a new reader to the blog ;-) I rant becuase I can... not becuase its right....

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