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May. 26th, 2009

05:24 pm - Twhat the twuck?

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Some people think Twitter is stupid. But why is it that criticism or mockery of Twitter always seems much stupider?

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From:cnoocy
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure it's logically sound to generalize outward from B.C. being stupid about something.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm not. I'm just using it as a garish illustration. Actually, most criticism I've seen tends to be along the lines of "Why do so many people use Twitter? I don't understand what it's for, therefore it must be stupid."
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From:darksasami
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Wait, you're saying that mocking text messages and IRC is a bad thing?
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From:svashtar
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
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The problem I see with Twitter is it tends to make people lazy. A number of people have simply stopped writing, in favor of sending out one sentence updates about every little thing in their lives.

A case in point: one friend of mine twitters when her kid has a bowel movement, how much her cat ate, and about general TMI stuff nobody gives two shits for.

I've no doubt Twitter serves some useful purpose, but I've yet to figure it out. As far as I've seen, it's contributing to the death of the written word.

Texts are fine. I like getting them. ON MY PHONE. I have no desire to receive a billion twats from twits all day. If you have something useful to tell me, call, write something in your journal, or send me (and only me) a text.

I'm also one of those people who hates mass texts.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 26th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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That's a valid criticism. But too many people are lazy about criticising it as well, and just basically write off the entire user base as a bunch of complete morons. And that I simply cannot abide, even though I myself don't even use the service!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 26th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I could, but I don't wanna.
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From:michaelmink
Date:May 27th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
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Ironically, the Wall Street Journal had a piece today about how the parent company of Twitter is having difficulties generating revenue from the massive traffic the site is generating; they still haven't come up with a coherent business model, which is why the company has yet to go public.
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From:orv
Date:May 27th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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Twitter is a classic Underpants Gnome business model. Which is interesting, because I thought those went out of style in roughly 1998.
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From:orv
Date:May 27th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
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Because the people who are mocking it, deep down, are afraid that they don't get it because they're out of touch. Declaring it to be stupid is a defensive move.

I admit I don't quite "get" Twitter, but I'm not a very social person. If I were looking for a way to find out what my local friends were up to so I could hook up with them, it'd make a lot of sense.
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From:toonygal
Date:May 27th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
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Here comes the Thnikkama~an!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 27th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
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Ohhh, it's the Thnikkaman! No time to put on these pants now!

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From:cnoocy
Date:May 27th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
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And of course Tatsuya Ishida shows us how it's done.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:May 27th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I don't see that as a mockery of Twitter so much as a quirky application of it.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:May 27th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Just about any old comic, even one that's changed hands so the writer isn't over 60, gets pathetic when it takes on modern technology. Earlier this month, Dagwood in "Blondie" observed Elmo and his friends playing "text-and-seek," which is simply hide-and-seek except that the counting is done in text messages instead of out loud.

"Doonesbury" has done a little better lately, with Roland Hedley all but forgoing his TV reporting duties because of his Twitter base. Still gets tiresome fast.

I do think that Twitter is annoying, from what little exposure I've had. You must have seen when Cake Wrecks presented that style a few days ago. Even I don't have that short an attention span.
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