Twittering discussions 23:01 on Wednesday
Twitter… what could I say that I haven’t said before? There’s no way to pass on Twitter now that everybody’s suddenly crazy about it.
Unlike IM, you don’t have do a lot of clicking or drag buddies around the screen to set up a group chat. Instead everybody has their own “room”, their Twitter page, and whoever wants to listen can “pop in” and subscribe to the feed.
And just like IRC on a bad day, the so called discussion can get uncontrollably out of hand. It stops being conversation (well, Twitter doesn’t even claim to be that), and becomes random lines of text broadcast by everybody to everybody. It’s like a conversation where nobody is actually listening, but there’s still a lot of talking. In real life that’s highly frustrating. On the net it’s just another input of information you need to dodge.
It can be fun, hilarious even, entertaining, possibly a great way to stay in touch, possibly a way to get you fired, and most of the time, complete and utter (© Simon Cowell) waste of time.
I said earlier that I don’t get Twitter because I don’t see how it is useful in the long term. A more appropriate statement could be that I don’t get how it will be meaningful.