June 30, 2008

Twitter Jitters

Is Twitter a useful microblogging tool or an over-hyped outlet for narcissists? Alpha geek Rands tells Gelf what's what.

Melissa S

Gelf was somewhat skeptical about the rise of Twitter and microblogging. We wondered, as Andy Rooney might, why anyone would possibly be interested in broadcasting every mundane activity of their life—and why anyone else would read it. But because we're not like Andy Rooney, and are supposed to be on the cutting edge of these things, we thought we'd find out what all the fuss is about. We sent out Twitter expert Melissa Sconyers to interview the blogger, author, and Twitter proponent Rands—aka Michael Lopp—and see what we're missing out on. The interview was conducted via Twitter, and so all questions and answers clock in at an ADD-accommodating 140 characters or less. Would they win us over to the cause of microblogging? Read on and find out.

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- posted on Jun 30, 08
Bill Cammack

Good interview. :)

That's an interesting idea to unfollow people that don't contribute to your day on a regular basis. The only problem with that is that you miss out on those RARE occasions where somebody that normally talks about NOTHING happens to have that one tidbit of information that makes YOUR day by enabling you to be relevant & current about a topic of interest that that particular person this one time happened to have advanced knowledge about.

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- posted on Jun 30, 08

Nice interview Mel!

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- posted on Jun 30, 08
Michael Arrington

...And what of this ? Twitter Conversations Come To A Screaming Halt; Users Simply Move To Friendfeed:

"A key feature of Twitter has been down most of this week: Replies. The core Twitter service itself is alive, but the team took the Reply feature down on Tuesday when the service started to slow. As of now, Friday afternoon, Replies are still down....

Why aren’t people screaming about the feature being gone? Because this time, they’re just heading over to Friendfeed to have those very same conversations. Friendfeed for most users was just a place to bookmarks all their activities on other social networks. Now, more and more, it’s a place that people start conversations. The early adopters got that a while ago. Now, the not so early adopters are using it as a Twitter replacement, too."

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