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Twitter is NOT a Micro-Blogging tool

It amazes me how anyone in all seriousness can even consider the inane twaddle that permeates the Internet from services like Twitter as even coming close to blogging or micro-blogging…

It amazes me how anyone in all seriousness can even consider the inane twaddle that permeates the Internet from services like Twitter as even coming close to blogging or micro-blogging…

Twitter is Not a Micro-Blogging Tool.

I’ve been trying to tell people this for years — Twitter is little more than the ginger-haired half-cousin of the status update on Facebook.

Every time you sign into Twitter you get asked: “What are you doing?” Will someone tell me how that’s micro-blogging?

Twitter isn’t Jesus, it’s just an exceptionally basic status update service. As a status update service, it functions pretty well — down-time not withstanding. But a micro-blogging it is most definitely not…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

3 replies on “Twitter is NOT a Micro-Blogging tool”

I could not disagree more! Twitter is being used to a powerful degree in the education world by technology-committed teachers. We’re using it to connect, alert others to trends and discoveries, and collaborate in projects and pedagogy. The immediacy and portability of Twitter makes it an ideal microblogging format.
Sure, Twitter’s basic question remains: What are you doing? – but why should we settle for the initial vision of a platform when we can elevate it to something far more relevant and impacting.

“… why should we settle for the initial vision?”

If that’s your argument, then why not not use anything the way we should.

Additionally, I thought I’d made my views clear on that matter? In any case, I’ll reiterate my views for completeness: Twitter does not support even basic conversational transaction features, such as long text entry and threaded discussions.

Of course, Pownce supports such things, but then that would require you to make a logical choice about your social networking habits and make use of appropriate technology.

However, logic rarely enters into these things. You’re making a decision based almost entirely on two things: 1. what best suites your own sensibilities, and 2. chasing after the crowd.

As an interesting aside, the principle reason Twitter is in such turmoil is because people like yourself aren’t using it as intended — you’re totally overloading the service…

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