Has Twitter lost its tweeting charm?

Twitter is becoming more successful by the day, but there is a backlash against its growing popularity by some of those who were using it before it hit the big time.

But could it really sell out?

One reason journalists find Twitter so useful is because it is quite simply a good way of networking and then getting a message to everybody, at once, very quickly.

Last month, James Cameron said social networking has got too big, and I agree I do find it harder to follow as much as I would like to, when there are so many more people tweeting so very much and quickly.

But, the problems which arise from the growth of Twitter are problems which are on the internet in general.

There is just so much information and it is quite a task to strike a balance between being disciplined enough to be focused on what is necessary, and keep an eye on everything else, in case something useful pops up.

You need eyes in the back of your head to keep up with Twitter

You need eyes in the back of your head to keep up with Twitter

Like the internet, Twitter is an open platform which anyone can join and contribute to.  As Jess Best said, some long time-tweeters, such as Charlie Brooker are twelitist (snobby about who is joining Twitter and the usefulness of thier tweets).

The internet is not like television, radio or newspaper becuase it is owned by the people who use read it and write it – the people formally known as the audience. Twelitism, is at heart, an innabilty of some people to accept they just cannot own Twitter.

Nobody said it was going to be easy.

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One response to “Has Twitter lost its tweeting charm?

  1. It echoes Huxley’s A Brave New World where people are bombarded with so much information, that they lose the ability to prioritise and realise what’s important.

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