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One-Tweet Wonders

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the like-snowflakes-on-a-hot-beach dept.

Social Networks 170

theodp writes "TIME has seen-the-future-and-it-is-Twitter. Slate, on the other hand, is more fascinated with the phenomenon of orphaned tweets, the messages left by people who sign up for Twitter, post once, then never return (not unlike one-blog-post wonders). While some orphan tweets betray skepticism about microblogging ('I don't get it... what's the point of this thing?'), other one-and-done Twitterers demonstrate keen enthusiasm before disappearing ('I'm here!'), and some tweets hint that tragedy has cut a promising Twittering-life short ('it hurts to breathe. should I go to the hospital?'). Slate notes that studies of Twitter accounts by Harvard and Nielsen suggest the service has been better at signing up users than keeping them, including the one-tweet wonders."

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FR!ST? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277873)

Did i got it?

Re:FR!ST? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279713)

Ya missed a trick there. FRIST! AND LAST!

Social Stuff (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277889)

Is basically Retarded. Enough said.

Re:Social Stuff (3, Funny)

_merlin (160982) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278089)

Thank you for proving that the stereotype of the antisocial geek is spot on. Now I have even less chance of getting laid.

Re:Social Stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279793)

Can't be less chance. You are on Slashdot, thus you already had no chance of getting laid.

Re:Social Stuff (4, Insightful)

$1uck (710826) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278291)

And here you are posting in community forum. How very social of you.

Re:Social Stuff (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278397)

And here you are posting in community forum. How very social of you.

I'ts not social, it's slashdot

Re:Social Stuff (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278379)

Is basically Retarded

"It hurts to breathe, should I go to the hospital?"

That's too dumb to be real. Pranksters and trolls [kuro5hin.org] are everywhere. But, you know, slashdot is a social site of sorts, so if you believe social sites are retarded, what does that say about you?

Re:Social Stuff (1)

johnlcallaway (165670) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278687)

Not all social stuff is retarded, just Twitter....I really don't give a damn what my friends are doing all day. They'll tell me the important stuff next time I see them. All twitter is for the most part are unimportant people thinking that other people beyond the 2 friends they have really care about all the boring stuff they do. If something is so important I have to know right away, I have email and a cell phone already. At least those take some effort to use and keep the noise level down a bit.

Universal Law of Twitter ... (4, Funny)

krou (1027572) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277891)

Krou's law: There is, on average, only one tweet per twit.

Re:Universal Law of Twitter ... (1)

Random2 (1412773) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278599)

Makes you wonder about the people who make thousands of tweets....

Re:Universal Law of Twitter ... (5, Funny)

jo42 (227475) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278633)

From the Twitter lexicon, thousands of tweets is "twatter" thus making the poster a "twat".

Re:Universal Law of Twitter ... (1)

TinBromide (921574) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279937)

Recently, this Twit has one tweet on his account. I registered a while ago to save my name and tweeted. I think that may be the dynamic. If Harvard and Nielsen managed to get thier names and not squatters, they may have been doing the equivalent of protecting their tweet space name.

Re:Universal Law of Twitter ... (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280067)

Perhaps we should say more precisely: The mode of all twits is one tweet.

Nothing too new here (2, Insightful)

orta (786013) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277917)

It happens with everything, people try it then forget to go back and continue. Personally I end up tweeting about once a month or two, I really don't care that much about the smaller details in peoples lives. And I've got a few friends who've done the whole orphan tweet thing. Nothing notably funny though, Kinda funny if they start posting now because so many people have started to follow them through the press =)

Ouch (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277925)

It hurts to post, should I go to the hospital?

Re:Ouch (1)

_merlin (160982) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278111)

No, you should curl up and die. You're going to one day, anyway. It's a nasty experience, so you may as well get it out of the way as soon as possible.

I don't get it. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277927)

Tweeting seems like a great idea for people who want to start cults or for people who wish they had stalkers.

Re:I don't get it. (2, Funny)

Henk Poley (308046) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279131)

You should have posted that on Twitter, it would fit. 140 character limit and all.

$ echo "I don't get it. weeting seems like a great idea for people who want to start cults or for people who wish they had stalkers." | wc
      1 25 125

Tweet = Prott (2, Funny)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277961)

A great old sci-fi story by Margaret St. Clair "Prott" is a "boring" alien race, who did nothing but bore humans. They looked like gigantic space-going fried eggs. The story begins with a Prott discovering a human in a spaceship; the Prott enthusiastically begins telling the human about "--ing the --." However, the man can't make out what the noun and verb in the telepathically transmitted phrase mean, so the Prott explains some more... and more... and brings equally enthusiastic friends who want to do nothing but talk about "--ing the --" ad infinitum. Reminds me of Twitter.

Re:Tweet = Prott (1)

porl (932021) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278249)

sounds interesting. i looked around but couldn't find any copy online. anyone have one? it's a pretty old story so i would assume it is legal. maybe i'm wrong though.

Re:Tweet = Prott (2, Informative)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278639)

i looked around but couldn't find any copy online. anyone have one? it's a pretty old story so i would assume it is legal. maybe i'm wrong though.

Unlikely. She was born in 1911 when copyright was already 28years plus another 28 if the author filed for extension. The puts her in the "mickey mouse envelope" so unless someone really screwed up along the way, or she deliberately donated it to the public domain, pretty much everything she's written will still remain locked up in perpetuity.

Here's a useful list of american copyright extensions.
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=249705&threshold=2&commentsort=0&pid=19855425 [slashdot.org]

Re:Tweet = Prott (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278643)

Here you go [twitter.com]

Re:Tweet = Prott (1)

OzRoy (602691) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278725)

Sounds like a digg user who keeps "accidentally the whole thing".

Long term? (3, Insightful)

pHus10n (1443071) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277965)

I just don't see this lasting more than another year --- and I think I'm being generous. I honestly can't understand why anyone is fascinated with reading
It might be different if the messages were more directed, or useful. But sending messages so "my fans" (subscribers) can read them is just.... /shrug.

Re:Long term? (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278103)

and you post to slashdot because...?

Re:Long term? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278567)

Responses can be long and meaningful.

Re:Long term? (3, Insightful)

pHus10n (1443071) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279925)

I post to slashdot because, by the nature of how the site is designed, it encourages people to stop by and debate a topic with multiple peope. The only restrictions I'm aware of are a) staying on topic, and b) be somewhat mature in your ramblings. Twitter is designed for people to sign up as a listener of a person's short messages (tweets). Those short messages make it more difficult to convey a thorough message. Also, it's a very one-way discussion.

I don't know why, but after previewing my message above, part of it was cut off. My major complain with Twitter is the way it encourages a "celebrity" thought process from those tweeting. It's a lot like those blogs that people put up on the net, and abandon after one or two posts --- I'm sorry, but the majority of people out there posting their thoughts are not as interesting as they think they are. Including me.

Otherwise, I'd probably get paid to put my thoughts out there.

Re:Long term? (-1, Troll)

$1uck (710826) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278365)

You're officially old. When did the change happen? was it gradual? Are you shouting at kids to stay off your lawn?

Re:Long term? (0)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278975)

Exactly especially whenever you can simply subscribe to SMS Facebook status updates and update your status from your phone. Plus theres the upside that most sane people only update their status once or twice a day.

Re:Long term? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28280021)

The irony of it.

On a microblog (there are better ones that twitter) I can listen to people I'm interested in, and not those I'm not. Here I get to hear your pointless opinion, which interests me not at all, just because some bozo decided to mod your insightless comment insightful.

So anyway, why are *you* (whoever the hell you are) sending these messages?

Sell Out Now! (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280025)

I just don't see this lasting more than another year

Exactly. If the people that own Twitter are smart, they are seriously looking for s buyout right now, before the value drops to IP fire-sale prices.

Protected updates (1)

Emperor Tiberius (673354) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277975)

Further proof as to why people should protect theirs: to prevent news agencies from analyzing them :-).

I use twitter daily, but never tweet. (2, Insightful)

PaulGrimshaw (605950) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277979)

No, I have not RTFA, but - I use twitter every single day but have only posted one tweet. I only follow a few interesting people but I now find it invaluable as a way of keeping track of them. I have stopped using facebook - I realise that I now am more interested in seeing what other people say than publishing my own content, I guess a lot of people are like that.

Re:I use twitter daily, but never tweet. (4, Funny)

value_added (719364) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278087)

I only follow a few interesting people but I now find it invaluable as a way of keeping track of them

So she finally got that restraining order? ;-)

Re:I use twitter daily, but never tweet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279649)

"She always said I was a romantic - but that was before the restraining order." http://www.cafepress.com/redacted.298113352 [cafepress.com]

Re:I use twitter daily, but never tweet. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278289)

Whether you're the pitcher (tweeter) or the catcher (tweetee), at the end of the day you're still gay.

Re:I use twitter daily, but never tweet. (2, Interesting)

mbenzi (410594) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279217)

This is exactly the use case that the critics still don't understand. There are dozens (hundreds?) of ways to use Twitter that don't involve tweeting. @cnn @AJEnglish @woot @wxseattle @HouseFloor , etc.

People read websites all the time w/o posting comments, no one says those people have abandoned the web. Just because Twitter allows for two-way conversions doesn't mean that is how you have to use it.

Re:I use twitter daily, but never tweet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279367)

I find that Twitter is very useful in keeping me updated to breaking news. That is the main function of Twitter, to me. Another way I use twitter is as a journal for my spur-of-the-moment, concise ideas.

well.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277981)

Duh!

If you don't read TFA (5, Interesting)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277985)

This says about all there is to say about Twitter:

In at least one instance, two orphan tweets appear to have been in conversation.

marcbresseel getting ready for cannes - printing latest briefing - I hate folding my shirts
8:36 AM Jun 14th, 2008

Kolcott @Marcbresseel You fold your shirts?
9:13 AM Jul 10th, 2008

A lone call followed by a lone response; a social network of two.

The best and worst of this new media, done and done. We can all move along now.

Re:If you don't read TFA (5, Insightful)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278071)

Makes you wonder how many of these are some sort of throwaway code.

getting ready for cannes == set the date
Printing latest briefing == getting the drugs
Folding shirts == meet at designated spot

and so on.... Seems that twitter would be a great way to use one-time pads and code phrases.....

Re:If you don't read TFA (1)

patro (104336) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278323)

Seems that twitter would be a great way to use one-time pads and code phrases.....

Sounds like a terrorist tool. We should ban it.

(Apparently, the terrorist-argument can actually be used for the common good in some cases.)

Gerge J's first and last tweet: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278015)

Help!

Jane, how do you stop this crazy thing!

Whiners of all countries, unite! (1, Insightful)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278039)

For all the people who hate Twitter, don't get it, like to make remarks about using twitter to inform others of bowel movements, how trivial it is to build it, et cetera:

Please reply to this thread to contain the complaining

Every story even remotely connected to Twitter gets the trolls crawling under their stones, mumbling how much they hate it.

Re:Whiners of all countries, unite! (2, Insightful)

value_added (719364) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278333)

Every story even remotely connected to Twitter gets the trolls crawling under their stones, mumbling how much they hate it.

Feeling the love, huh?

What you're referring to are are just parenthetical comments. The underlying question, and one that's yet to be answered, can be summed in a way that a Twitterer like yourself can appreciate:

What's the fucking point?

Absent one-off scenarios (the Obama campaign), I've yet to see any value in any of it. What I do see is a large number of people engaged in what could generously be described as trivia, and dragging down the quality of discourse for the rest of us to levels too embarassing to ponder.

I'll cite one example. Consider CNN, hardly known for its journalistic excellence, but an outlet with mass appeal. The guy that does the lunchtime shift (you know, the moron who tries to appear empassioned about news stories by shouting rhetorical but trollish questions at his audience and guests like a Tourette's sufferer). He spends much of his time actually reading tweets! And instead of brief headlines being appearing on the CNN scroller, we're now forced to read the contributions by every anonymous illiterate out there who has an opinion, an internet connection, and a fondness for extraneous ASCII characters.

Seriously, is this the kind of society we want to live in?

Re:Whiners of all countries, unite! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278433)

Seriously, is this the kind of society we want to live in?

Shitcock! (drool)

Re:Whiners of all countries, unite! (1)

superdana (1211758) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279583)

What's the fucking point?

Having fun with your friends.

Of course, you have to have friends. And you have to be capable of experiencing joy.

It's not supposed to be a "tool," and it's not supposed to be fucking "discourse." If you want discourse, go read the Journal of Philosophy. Not everything has to be serious, substantive, functional or important. Is there nothing in your life that's frivolous? If not, that might explain why you're so grumpy.

Re:Whiners of all countries, unite! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28280111)

What's the fucking point?

Having fun with your friends.

That's the point of 4chan also. Maybe that's why I have the about the same opinion of both.

Re:Whiners of all countries, unite! (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279771)

Forums started off with wordy posts and in-depth discussion. Then the fashion moved towards one-word posts, witty acronyms and image macros. Now we're all (supposedly) on twitter, where the message itself is restricted to 140 characters. I can see where this is heading.

Re:Whiners of all countries, unite! (1)

Peganthyrus (713645) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280265)

I finally figured out the appeal of Twitter a while back: it's like keeping an IRC window open allll day long. Except it can go onto your cellfloam as well as your computer if you want it to.

If I wanted to keep a regular stream of distracted chat up with my friends, I might think Twitter was awesome. But I would rather just go off by myself and draw most of the time.

That is the end of Twitter (4, Interesting)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278043)

Once it makes to the cover of Time, it is a sure sign it has peaked. If you see the bull (or bear) dressed in a suit on the cover of Time or Newsweek that will be a 3 year high (or low) and if both mags have the bull (or bear) in the same week, it will be a five year high (or low).

It is much like that apocryphal story about a shoeshine boy (or a taxi driver) telling JFK's Dad (Patrick Kennedy?) to get into the stock market and JKF's dad figuring, if these guys are in, it is time to get out.

Re:That is the end of Twitter (3, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278121)

JFK's dad was JFK, just an average Joe.

Re:That is the end of Twitter (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278205)

Just an Average Joe who made a fortune running booze in from Canada and bought up tons of real estate and small businesses with the proceeds. The Kennedys since him haven't actually had to work very hard for their money, it just never really runs out.

Re:That is the end of Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279007)

Seriously.

This is the same magazine that didn't have enough web savvy to stop the utter pwnage of their Top 100 most influential people of 2009 by a bunch of pimply kids from 4chan.

THIS is the magazine that declares Twitter the future? Meh.

I switched... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278063)

I use to twit now I twat.

the reason (5, Interesting)

ilblissli (1480165) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278085)

the reason these people sign up in the first place is to follow tweets of others. be it someone famous and worthless like ashton kutcher, or to follow news tweets like cnn.com regardless, you can't subscribe to someone's tweet stream unless you have signed up. people probably sign up for that reason, post once just because they feel that urge to push the shiny red button. then they just dip back into the shadows to lurk and watch other people's lives unfold.

Not true (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279889)

While you can't subscribe to a tweet stream, you can still access it without having to sign up.
See http://twitter.com/aplusk Or you can get the RSS feed: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/19058681.rss

Re:the reason (2, Insightful)

manly_15 (447559) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280043)

Actually, you can subscribe to just about any stream of data from twitter with RSS. Of course, most non-techies won't know how to do that, but it's quite possible to be a pure twitter follower with nothing other than an RSS client.

Where twitter accounts do become useful is how they're a bridge between the informal aspects of IRC and IM and the persistence of email. Rather then spamming your friends with email or IM with a link to an interesting news story, you can just tweet it, and give them the control to follow up, ignore, or filter as they see fit.

Re:the reason (1)

ilblissli (1480165) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280195)

how true how true.

y6uo Fail it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278143)

irc.secsup.org Or be in a scene and

useless (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278179)

Can we just say that Twitter is public masturbation and be done with it?

Re:useless (2, Interesting)

Virak (897071) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278979)

I'd never sully the good name of exhibitionism in such a manner.

Twitter (3, Insightful)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278201)

Twitter (n):

1: A service design to indulge the sense of self importance by posting information that history will care little for.

2: A web site and infrastructure for passing small messages out to an open ended communication channel in which people what are extremely bored and track the likewise boring activities of others.

3: A simple text exchange in which creative people and some regular expressions can generate a swarm-like information network to gauge personal activity. For instance:

"by following a demographic of X a researcher can key in on how people feel about Y topic."

"An automatic event scheduler system can be generated by people tweeting possible event dates in which subscribers through a script can vector in and select an event date in which all or a certain threshold of particpants can agree to."

4: A method by which information is exchanged into a open ended channel. See Broadcast SMS 2.0

Either you are, or you aren't (2, Interesting)

Tyr_7BE (461429) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278239)

I tried blogging, that fizzled out the night I started. I tried microblogging using facebook and twitter, that petered out after a month or so. I can only assume that once we have nanoblogging [toothpastefordinner.com] , I won't be into that either. Some people need a forum to sound off to the world. Others, like me, are indifferent.

Re:Either you are, or you aren't (5, Insightful)

albedoa (1529275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278607)

Some people need a forum to sound off to the world. Others, like me, are indifferent.

He said, on a forum.

Name reservation? (5, Insightful)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278275)

One possible reason for people to have unused accounts is simple to reserve the name. That is to say, to ensure that nobody can go around tweeting "in their name".

Re:Name reservation? (1)

basementman (1475159) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278869)

It's not your average joe going out registering a name they might use in the future. It's a few name squatters who get a list of popular baby names and register a shit ton of accounts. Then hopefully in the future they can sell those accounts if twitter ever becomes more than just hype.

Re:Name reservation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28280379)

Then Jesus better get his name reserved, and quick.

Enough crap gets carried out 'in His name' as is, no need to add innane tweets to the list.

Microblog (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278319)

I feel like I'm just tweeting into the ether. And I have little or no interest in the various tweets floating around. Most regular blogs suck. So do streams of tweets.

This was my initial tweet (1)

EdgeyEdgey (1172665) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278347)

First!

One-tweet-whores? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278419)

What a strange kind of bird!

I don't understand the hate... (4, Insightful)

$1uck (710826) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278435)

Really its a tool. Something like a cross between IM, a mailing list and a personal RSS feed. It has its own niche. If its not useful to you, don't use it. I can only presume all the hate comes from its sudden popularity and the rather stupid name (both of which bring to mind obnoxious teenage fads). Oh well I would think people would be smarter than just hating on a tool b/c of two superficial reasons.

One Reason for the Hate: Marketing Bozos (4, Interesting)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278841)

I'm finding a lot of resentment towards Twitter within my professional circle because of the notion, floated by the Marketing Suits, that one "simply must Twitter." A lot of these folks -- Olde Skool writers, comedians, entertainers -- feel they missed the boat when the MySpace wave hit, and don't want to make the mistake again. So they hold their noses and jump into every new social networking trend that the trendoids say they should be jumping into. Some days it's kind of like watching a platoon of Marines dressing in lemon chiffon gowns and working the room at a gay bachelor party because their intel has told them Al Quaeda just might be jumping out of the cake later, on other days it's like listening to the Pink Floyd disco album that was released in the late 70s/early 80s. Happily, I'm easily amused.

Re:One Reason for the Hate: Marketing Bozos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278999)

... platoon of Marines dressing in lemon chiffon gowns and working the room at a gay bachelor party because their intel has told them Al Quaeda just might be jumping out of the cake later ...

So you could say those marines are a little fond of chiffon in a wrist array?

Re:I don't understand the hate... (2, Insightful)

Push Latency (930039) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279085)

This service is popular because it has removed the technology-related aspects of a function that has basically been around for decades. Now that folks can make use of the internet without needing to know *anything* at all, it's acceptible to the masses. Even BBCode was too much to ask; RSS is not really simple to simpletons; e-mail has spam, scary header data, etc. Twits want something with a dickhead name that lets them move on with pure use-ability, and no background tech-noise.

It provides a "turn-key" CMS.

I'd write a novel in Twits, just to piss-off the service, but I just can't stand it enough to want to use it to foil it.

Re:I don't understand the hate... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279503)

Also, don't hate a tool because you don't have a personal use for it.

I'm a mail courier (I don't have constant access to a computer and I don't have an iPhone). I love twitter because it's like a open chat room where anyone can talk, but I get to choose who I listen to. I get to have conversations with friends (who may not have cell phones) via sms, and they can even be private messages. SMS has a much lower power cost than an always on java instant messenger. Plus, they are all stored in a centralized location so if they send me a neat link I can't check out on my phone's awful browser, I don't have to go through a process to get it on my home computer later. And while you may not care that I am announcing that I'm going to have lunch at Chipotle on Miramar rd, one of my friends may want to meet me there.

People are valid in complaining about spam or marketers and other dregs, but does that mean we should be complaining about email or snail mail because I get sunday saver coupon books and ads?

Re:I don't understand the hate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279723)

Oh well I would think people would be smarter than just hating on a tool b/c of two superficial reasons.

Doubt it. This is Slashdot, afterall.

Not News (3, Insightful)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278439)

This existed pre-internet. How many bought a diary and wrote one entry? Went out for a run, swim or to the gym once? Read a few pages of War and Peace? Only went to one foreign language lesson? Only bothered with a couple of piano/guitar/trumpet lessons?

While twitter has many problems, the fact that the majority of people tend to play with a new thing and then stop isn't new, or news.

Re:Not News (1)

jbacon (1327727) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278615)

This existed pre-internet. How many bought a diary and wrote one entry? Went out for a run, swim or to the gym once? Read a few pages of War and Peace? Only went to one foreign language lesson? Only bothered with a couple of piano/guitar/trumpet lessons?

While twitter has many problems, the fact that the majority of people tend to play with a new thing and then stop isn't new, or news.

Story of my life...

Re:Not News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278939)

Yes, I can see wha

Re:Not News (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279893)

While twitter has many problems, the fact that the majority of people tend to play with a new thing and then stop isn't new, or news.

Not sure that's the case. The Harvard study suggests that Twitter is different, or at least different from other flash-in-the-pan fads like MySpace, Facebook or blogging, in the it really is bleeding an enormous number of users compared to other social networking fads.

I have to say, that while I know many technoliterate people, and many who use myspace or facebook, I know no-one whatsoever that is using, or has used, Twitter. It's seems to be at least 95% hype and nothing else.

Is anyone's life really that interesting (1)

Dr_Ken (1163339) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278509)

Okay maybe Obama or someone like that but really who needs to communicate every damn detail of their daily existence to the world? Is is worth the effort? No wonder the huge drop off rate for this service.

I wasn't just one Tweet (1)

davmoo (63521) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278731)

I have a Twitter account that I used mainly to follow IT industry talking heads that I like to keep up with. I even managed to tweet every day or two myself.

I haven't been back to Twitter since the day Oprah sent her first Tweet.

cjacobs001 (1)

cjacobs001 (644842) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278763)

Just because someone tweets, does that mean someone else sees it ?

If the "future" is Twitter, I'll miss out... (1)

Evil Shabazz (937088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278963)

Twitter is the biggest piece of crap on the internet. Hooray for mass distribution of mind-numbingly mundane minutia.

"A suspension bridge made of pebbles" (4, Funny)

adnonsense (826530) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278967)

From the end of TFA:

Yes, it was built entirely out of 140-character messages, but the sum total of those tweets added up to something truly substantive, like a suspension bridge made of pebbles.

Yes... (backs away slowly...) I'm sure a suspension bridge made of pebbles is just what society needs, now you drive over it while I stand there with the camcorder and a direct line to YouTube.

Twitter's not completely useless (5, Interesting)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279081)

I recently discovered a very cool use for Twitter. I was at a state team wrestling meet, and there wasn't any live coverage of the event, but there was WiFi. So I fired up my iPod Touch and started tweeting match results & team scores. They started using my tweets to update a statewide wrestling site. It was actually quite a neat experience, I had followers from all over the state who were interested in finding out the results.

Re:Twitter's not completely useless (1)

Push Latency (930039) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279385)

Did you need to have the scores go up immediately? Could you have written them down on paper with a stylus, and posted them later?

Re:Twitter's not completely useless (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280053)

Did you need to have the scores go up immediately? Could you have written them down on paper with a stylus, and posted them later?

An answer to your questions: Yes, no. It's the difference between "Here's what's happening" and "Here's what happened." I was doing live reporting from meet for all intents and purposes. If people weren't interested in knowing what was going on in close to real time, they'd just buy a newspaper or watch the news on TV later.

Re:Twitter's not completely useless (1)

harl (84412) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280321)

What exactly would the problem have been if the scores had not gone up immediately? Something more than people would have to wait?

Re:Twitter's not completely useless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28279679)

And you couldn't have done this on any other blogging/social networking sites that existed before Twitter.. why? If you would use, facebook, for example, you could've taken some pictures of the event and uploaded them to a group along with results. Twitter is a Facebook knockoff that does only one feature (status updates) halfway since it has a short maximum character length.

Re:Twitter's not completely useless (1)

harl (84412) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280213)

This is an example of a good use of twitter.

This is also an example of no compelling reason to use twitter for this. Email or text would both work in this situation.

Honestly the only difference I see between twitter and email/text is a lack of security. The information originator cannot control who has access to the feed.

Errors (1)

MetinAustralia (1573827) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279091)

Ok so I haven't been on Twitter for about 6 weeks now, but have they fixed all their errors? I kept getting pop-ups asking me for my password even after I was logged in!

Think of it as (4, Funny)

Geekthing (541122) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279293)

I explain twitter as "Push" RSS. Grandma totally got it when I put it like that.

Far more writers then readers (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279537)

How many tweets never, ever get read?

I can't help the feeling that most twitters, tweets or whatever the hell they're called, are merely written to satisfy the writer (in the same way that some people write diaries) as a cathartic experience - never expecting, nor intending them to be read.I would venture further, and say that a large number of blogs are exactly the same - but written by people who can't organise their thoughts into SMS sized bytes (or, vice-versa: tweeterers haven't got the attention span to write blog articles).

Either way, once the initial ego-trip has been satisfied, and these people realise that no-one will ever bother to read their stuff, they come to terms with the obvious conclusion that nobody else cares what they think, as they never get any followers, or blog comments.

Maybe what we need is a website called /dev/null where people can vent, in the certain knowledge that everthing is guaranteed to disappear as soon as it's written - thus removing the threat that when they grow up (if?) it won't come back to bite them in the bum.

I'm a one-tweeter (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279635)

I heard so much about the service, I finally signed up for it to see what all the hullabaloo was about. I found a desert in which people were wholly absorbed in themselves (sad) or trying to bask in the reflected glory from other twitter users (sadder, if possible). There were some worthwhile pieces there, but the signal-to-noise ratio was quite poor - nothing even close to the "quality" of slashdot's content. What's really disturbing is seeing respected journalists tossing off references to twitter like it's some service the entire world is familiar with.

Website is to Blog as RSS is to Twitter (1)

Mandrel (765308) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279837)

Twitter democratizes feeds, just as blogs democratized websites.

I never did like the polling aspect of RSS. At least Twitter allows updates to be pushed to a central server.

But is Twitter then just like email from whitelisted, default-no-reply addresses, made low-latency with rapid server polling, where the message fits in the subject line, plus an easy way to join and leave personal mailing lists.

The no-reply feature does allow people to talk without listening, which I'm not sure is a good thing. But blogs are also often like that.

Surprised? (1)

Time Ed (970465) | more than 5 years ago | (#28280013)

The first time I heard about Twitter I thought, yeah, a public version of Slashdot sigs. It was only a matter of time...

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