Do we really need to ‘tweet’ every so often?

27Feb09

Twitter? No thanks!“What Are You Doing? Media Twitterers Can’t Stop Typing” – says a story title on today’s NYT. Actually, its content applies to most users of the now famous micro-blogging platform, not just to “Media Twitterers”. Maybe it’s a good idea to re-think, along with some utility of such service, the way so many people tend to over-use (abuse?) it, thus overwhelming his/her followers and creating a fallacious me-only universe. Of course, we can always stop following or be followed. But still: most people have nothing to tweet about, but keep tweeting it anyway, and gets worse when others will respond to that nothing-tweet with more tweet-nothingness and so on and so forth….

Quoting the NYT article: “It’s tempting to dismiss Twitter fever as a passing fad, the Pokémon of the blogosphere. But it’s beginning to look more like yet another gateway drug to full-blown media narcissism. (…) Ordinary people, bloggers and even columnists and book authors, who all already have platforms for their views, feel compelled to share their split-second aperçus, no matter how mundane. (…) Those who say Twitter is a harmless pastime, which skeptics are free to ignore, are ignoring the corrosive secondary effects. We already live in an era of me-first journalism, autobiographical blogs and first-person reportage. Even daytime cable news is clotted with Lou Dobbsian anchors who ooze self-regard and intemperate opinion.”

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