Monday, March 9, 2009

When Realism Attacks: Twitter's Terrible Onslaught

Brace yourself -- this sounds a lot like realism to me:

I feel like Twitter is one of those new technologies that everyone loves to hate, but most people will sign onto eventually in some form. Remember when people made cell phone jokes? Anyway, right now we have this bizarre taboo against admitting that we use the internet to socialize.
There is such a taboo, and it extends to both the admission of use and the use itself. I have found Twitter to be an excellent way to exchange breezy piffle with people you know, people you'd like to know, people of interest, people whose restraining orders lacked the foresight to include Twitter, etc.

The world needs its piffle! Twitter could conceivably serve as a means of exchanging consequential information, but you didn't read that here.

There's no need to get worked up over it, either pro or con. I expect that in short order its makers will decide they've found a way to monetize it, and that way will prove to be invasive, annoying, inhibitive, or simply too expensive; at which point Twitter will die and we'll all move on to the next web-based toy we're loath to admit to using.

Until then, I am bureaucrat117 on Twitter.


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