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Twitter Sucks

December 16, 2010

It’s never been a secret that I’m not a fan of Twitter. Once you get past the promotional links and the network marketing and the celebrity self-promotion, Twitter boils down to what I believe is an ineffective mechanism for real communication.

Business, news and personal promotion aside, the areas where Twitter has some value, Twitter promotes a dumbed down method of actual person-to-person conversation. I’m sorry, but if whatever it is you have to say to me is limited to 140 characters (the first 26 words of this paragraph equal 140 characters) and is filled with purposely misspelled words (ur/you are; 2nite/tonight; EZ/easy; B4/before; 4ever/forever; Y/why) that require a codebook to decipher, I’m really not interested in what you have to say. If that precludes me from being a part of your “twitfam” then I’m sorry.

Harsh? Yeah, probably, but I’d rather talk with a person than be talked at from a person and, honestly, Tweets about people’s meal selections, their movie plans, their bed times, their favorite quotes, their belief that Super Mario Brothers is a better game than Street Fighter, their cologne choice for the day, aren’t very exciting. And book and movie reviews in 140 characters? I won’t even comment.

Do I have a Twitter account? Yes, I do. Having a Twitter account is how I came to realize how ineffective Twitter is for conversation and how it represents the best in anti-Social Networking.

We have a wonderful language, let’s not bastardize it.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2010 9:24 am

    Some tweets are full of purposely misspelled words, but some are just short little bursts of thought and humor. You should check out Favstar for some of the best ones. Here are the ones I’ve “favorited” lately:


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      December 17, 2010 8:37 am

      I like that site, thanks for sharing it! I liked this one: “If there are any web designers following me on Twitter, please do me a favor and redesign every TV-news website that exists.”


  2. December 16, 2010 7:07 pm

    I do not tweet, or twit. I don’t know where it is…and I don’t want to know how to get there. I have enough trouble with Facebook…I still get confused. Ya wanna talk? Call me on the phone. I’m usually home and I have caller ID. If I don’t want to talk to you, I just won’t answer. But don’t tweet me.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      December 17, 2010 9:16 am

      Yeah, I feel the same. I use Twitter to blast out the fact that I’ve posted something to this blog but that’s it. Even following some writers I like got boring. I’m with you, if someone wants to talk to me then call and talk or come over and talk. Then when we’re done we can say “See you later” instead of “CUL8R”!


  3. Rubia permalink
    January 2, 2011 4:45 pm

    I loved it! I agree with all you wrote and I’m really glad to find soemone who thinks the same.
    I’ll “follow” here.


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