What’s the fuss with Twitter? Really what is it?

By | April 19, 2009

I just don’t get Twitter at all. Everytime I login I see a mass of texts that look like discontiguous verbal twitchings of some feral dogs. What is it with Twitter? Why do you bother at all?

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See what I mean? Who cares a toss about someone twitting about their great day! Next up. Mashable talks about an article with a link – since it’s about Twitter, like I’ll bother. JohnChow logs in to boast about how much money he made today. WTF? JimKukral is the only person who knows what he’s talking about… Edlau talks about something that I haven’t the faintest idea about. JimKukral then tweets about some weather issue or other then makes a completely odd remark. Mashable repeats his link with another … and Edlau talks about someone I don’t know about. Really why do I bother?

The conversations are totally discontiguous, totally self-important, and a complete waste of time. Which is why I removed Twitter from my phone, and I doubt I care much about my old Twitter account. Worse, though, with the hidden TinyURLs, there is series risk of visiting links that will endanger your PC, your security and your identity! I just don’t know why everyone’s in love with Twitter. I can only assume it’s the same virus that affects people who see Ipods as God’s gift to mankind.

Two final thoughts: 1. in the UK, when you call someone a ‘twit‘ you call them an idiot, or stupid or annoying person. Of course, Answers.com also says that to twit is to tease someone or make fun of them. Pause for thought.

Oh, and now the video.

Enough said. Don’t bother trying to find me on Twitter. You can find me on FaceBook instead.

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4 thoughts on “What’s the fuss with Twitter? Really what is it?

  1. Michael Kwan

    "and Edlau talks about someone I don’t know about."

    I'm mildly offended by that comment. As I recall, you used to comment on my blog on a reasonably regular basis.

  2. Michael Kwan

    Oh, when I said that I was mildly offended, it was sort of tongue in cheek. I completely understand what you're saying about Twitter because it is both open and closed at the same time. I didn't really understand Twitter when I first started using it either, but it has become a great way to network, gain new contacts, and casually interact with the community. Twitter is a shorter, more interactive version of the modern-day blog.

    Regarding the use of tinyurl, TweetDeck is a desktop client that allows for the previewing of any shortened URL. This way, you can see the long (full) URL before clicking through.

    And yes, regarding my blog, I've started to shift the focus more on the business of working from home, freelance writing, personal and professional development, and that kind of thing. I'm glad to hear you'll be popping by again.

  3. InvestorBlogger Post author

    Michael. Sorry to offend you but in the full screenshot that I took of Twitter… Edlau talked a lot about people I'd never heard of or even contacted… I know he's your friend, but I never intended to include you in my 'offensive' statement.

    Oh, and I still don't know what or who Edlau is talking about… all I see is @name @name and a sentence that begins without a clear subject. So who changed his screen name? Who is a poser? It's a conversational item that may refer to a discussion that happened yesterday, but there are no clear references either. And if I delve further, I may not find out.

    I was expressing frustration with Twitter that just seems to be a mess of incoherent twitterings, one statement on the screen that has no connection with the next or (often) any of the posts on the screen.

    It might make sense to some readers but then it completely doesn't make sense to anyone outside the circle. And that's Twitter. It's one open clique. You get to view, you can even participate… but for most followers, you're just watching the whole thing.

    So, Michael, don't be offended. I wasn't including you in that statement at all. Still, I reserve my own judgment about Twitter. I just don't get it. But then, I think to get it, you have to be 'In the club'… and I'm not. So perhaps it's sour grapes on my part. If you have taken offense, then I'm sorry that my remarks did that. But I stand by my statement: What is the point of Twitter? I get much of the rest of Web 2.0, but I rather think that Twitter is going to go through this hype phase, come ouf the other and people are collectively going to yawn "Twitter" and go on to the next big thing.

    Who knows. However, do remember: what is being said on Twitter is on a VERY public forum, may not contain any of the niceties of context or community; and the potential for spreading viruses and malware is a serious one. Since most people use it on their phones, phone viruses are even more of a likely channel of
    infection. Users shouldn't use tinyurl EVER. For that reason.

    Oh, and Michael. I should be dropping by your blog more often: I have been doing my own kinds of things with other sites… I quit Payperpost finally in January. And your blog has taken on a slightly different direction since last year… Since I'm not a gamer, or much of a techie or interested in sport, I kind of drifted away from your blog. I should put your blog back on my 'regular' list!

  4. InvestorBlogger Post author

    Michael, Twitter is a whole new beast. I think it\\'s a whole new way of contacting, and bears only a passing resemblance to a blog. It connects groups of loosely connected people to individuals and works via mobile phone. I think that\\'s its sole raison d\\'etre, really: that it connects via phone and a variety of apps. But apart from that, there is little to commend it. But what can you do with 140 chars? Really. BTW, I LOATHE sms. If I have to sms someone, I\\'ll just call them instead. I only SMS information. That\\'s just me.

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