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03/13/2007

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Colin McKay

For a second there, I thought "twitter hater" would make a nice bumper sticker, maybe with a picture of Calvin peeing on Tweety-Bird - but then I realised this trend is so ephmeral that I wouldn't have time to print the damn things up.

alanp

the name alone is offputting.....but knowing what you are doing all the time..thats one river of news I don't need :)

Mike Driehorst

First, I'll fess up that I twitter'd (that is joined today).

But, I realized why I'll never get rich by inventing some Web 2.0-something-or-another-thing (like Twitter, SecondLife, etc.): I'd think of the idea but then when the second synapse fires, I'll think who the he_ _ would ever want to do something like that!

Guess I'm too much of a RealLifer(TM).
Mike

Kevin Dugan

Mike: I'm not suggesting folks not check it out. Just don't dance around, squeal and hug people over it...it's not very becoming. ;-)

Mike Driehorst

Kevin: Okay, okay. It seems that Twitter is just another one of those things (like blogs, I guess) that plays into our respective egos. It's a way of feeling important. Which is just fine 'cause it's human nature.
Mike

anaj

Thanks for the cartoon - luckily, Austria hasn't yet become infested with this - twitter seems to be for twats. Have been trying to figure out how this trackback thing works - thought it was a means to ping back from wordpress to typepad, but does not seem to have worked. Any ideas yourself?

Michael Morton

I agree with Mike. Twitter is just another tool to massage the egos of the ego-maniacs out there...

Dee Rambeau

Trix are for kids, twits are for twats...there's a song in there somewhere...

Kevin Dugan

Dee - Bummed to hear about your blog, but I get it. Thanks for staying in the conversation. If you are ever itching to do a guest post...

David Armano

Kevin,

What do think of the responses you've been getting to this post?

Kevin Dugan

David - It's become a bit of magnet for the haters, but the rest of the conversation outside the blog has been of bigger interest to me.

As you know from a more recent post, I'm intrigued by the applications it's being plugged into. My post was meant more tongue in cheek as you noted. But a dissenting voice is a helpful part of the picture, as technology like Twitter evolves.

If anything, my Hater post encouraged the passionate users to speak up even more. Instead of the giddy posts, they were linking to more substantive posts detailing how it can be used practically.

It's all been very interesting.

David Armano

"instead of the giddy posts, they were linking to more substantive posts detailing how it can be used practically."

Practical is important. So is play.

Playing involves curiousity and creativity. Sometimes this leads to giddyness. Sometimes it's great to feel like a kid again. Feeling like a kid stimulates creativity and a sense of wonder. Ultimately this leads to places like "what else can this be used for"? which is exactly the frame of mind that many Twitter users are in right now and why you see so many applications being developed on the fly.

Nothing wrong with skepticism—as long as we don't trade our curiosity or sense of wonder in place of it.

Owen Lystrup

I read this post and wonder if I'll have to post a similar one about all my criticism of SecondLife.

Robert Scoble

Linkbait = Twitterhate!

Or.

Twitterhate is the new black!

It's cool cause all of our friends are on it. That's all. Next.

Kevin Dugan

Robert: Good to hear from you. It has been bait, but that's not why I posted on it.

And if there are three camps of folks: not aware of Twitter, Twitter Fan and Twitter Hater, I'll argue the Twitter fan camp is larger than the hater's. Or at least more vocal.

As you suggest, 'nuff said. But I really think it's a healthy part of the whole phenomena.

Gordon Lokenberg

Any new numbers on this topic, we live in September now, and I notice the Twitter community is growing.

Checkout http://www.backtrackr.com/, Twitter is evolving every day!

Regards,
GordonLokenberg


Jeremy@PR4Pirates

Twitter has been pretty effective in announcing new blog posts to friends. If you have friends in high places, all the better. But Twitter's a starting point for conversations/memes/etc. It can work if used correctly. My obligatory 10 Rules for Using Twitter for PR post: http://pr4pirates.com/2008/04/23/10-rules-for-using-twitter-to-get-pr/

joey

The problem with twitter is, it was not invented for a purpose or a purpose in mind. Take anything like email, IM, even you tube, craigslist etc. they were started for a purpose. People understood why they are using them, and - easily. Look at twitter. Tell me what is the purpose behind twitter. It was found by a bunch of crappers. If they can make twitter useful for something then it is good otherwise its waste. Look at http://www.istwittercrap.com for yourself.

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