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Sluts R Us

John Blyberg on Twitter:

"I say Twitter is the Paris Hilton of the social web. Slutty and unfortunate. The basest manifestation of the culture and systems it represents.

I’ve received no less than 14 Twitter invitations from people whom I respect deeply and I have to wonder, why the **** are they using this? Who cares if you’re sitting in traffic, doing your homework, going to a concert, performing a bodily function, or reading a book?

I, like Kathy, am probably in the minority here, but I just hope we don’t get too distracted by this piece of candy 2.0 because, in the end, we really have better things to do. At least, I hope we do."

Ouch!  Hey, as long as he didn’t call Hilary Duff or Britney Spears a slut.  If you did John, you and me would have words.  🙂  Heh.  Paris Hilton?  Yeah.  I agree.  What a slut.

Yes, Twitter is a time suck, but so is MySpace (I assume, I’m not on MySpace) and Second Life (again, not on Second Life – I’m assuming).  Most social media is a time suck, but that’s what makes it fun.  Do you tag your books on LibraryThing?  Tag links on  Blog? Time suck 2.0!!

Don’t like Twitter John?  Fine.  Not your thing.  Got it.  I won’t send an invite.

It’s a good thing that you didn’t call Twitter users sluts and unfortunate.  Now that would have gotten personal.  To be sure, I’ve been called worse.  And, for the record, I have never Twittered a bodily function.  That’s just gross.

John Blyberg, getting all "East Coast" on us.  I love it!

11 Responses to “Sluts R Us”

  1. John
    March 16, 2007 at 6:25 pm #

    That’s right, East-side!

    No, I don’t think Twitter users are sluts, I just think Twitter might be the point at which Web 2.0 jumps the shark. I really don’t see the lasting power of it.

    I don’t really think it’s fair to compare Twitter use to services like LibraryThing, Flickr, and because the quality of the hive mind that begins to develop with those services is much richer and much more meaningful than that of Twitter.

    So Twitter is fun, it’s a diversion, it’s a time-suck, but it’s meaningless beyond the mild curiosity it presents as another milestone in the 2.0 time-line.

    Let’s put it this way, I’ve been known to watch Maury Povich on occasion when I’m home ill, or (of late) home doing chores during the day. That doesn’t make me a heartless exploiter of (insert description of Maury-guests). But he still is. Mindless entertainment has its place, but ultimately I want something more substantive. In fact, I need it.

    So, my point is that, before we all pile on the Twitter ship, let’s be careful it doesn’t sink under the burden of unrealistic expectation. My prediction is that we’ll all be bored with it before the end of Summer.

    I’ve been wrong before though…

  2. rochelle
    March 16, 2007 at 7:07 pm #

    I’m thinking of Twitter as less slut and more yammering drunk. I can get behind that. When it gets to be a drunk slut….someone call an intervention.

  3. walt c
    March 16, 2007 at 7:22 pm #

    I wonder about that “East coast” remark. You suggesting that all of us out here on the Left Coast are twittering multitaskers?

    Not so much. At least not all of us.

    From a West Coaster who’s not likely to accept a twitter invite either. Of course, since I don’t own a PDA or carry a cell phone or have my PC on at home more than an hour or two a day, what would be the point?

  4. Steven
    March 16, 2007 at 7:43 pm #

    Walt: I meant “East Coast” in that he’s “throwin’ it down” with a ‘tude. 🙂 Not inferring anything about the West Coast…well, not yet. 😉

    “East Coast”: I see your point re: comparing services, but there is the time suck possibilities of all social tools. Twitter is just too easy (and fun) that it feels more of one…sometimes. Twitter is entertaining, yes, and we all need more. But sometimes we need a break from life. Twitter does that for me.

    I have no expectations about Twitter….yet. I’m just having fun for now.

  5. Tim
    March 16, 2007 at 10:30 pm #

    14 invitations? I’ve feeling very unloved.

  6. rochelle
    March 17, 2007 at 8:40 am #

    Give it up Tim, we’ll hunt you down and friend you so that you’ll be in the loop about our toilet habits and breakfast choices.

  7. walt c
    March 17, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Ah, Steven, now I get it. All of us in California are Zen practitioners and approach all life issues with studied calm. Thus we never get into disputes or take issue with anyone. It makes for a peaceful life.

    It’s particularly nice when you’re on the road: Everyone drives so sensibly, obeys all laws, knows to slow down when it’s raining, and is ever so kind to other drivers.

    Of course, those flying pigs distract us at times…

  8. Connie Crosby
    March 20, 2007 at 12:31 am #

    “time suck 2.0” hee hee. At a recent presentation I gave about Web 2.0 somebody asked me how I manage my time to fit it all in. My response? “I don’t.” I just stay up really really late playing on the web until I pass out….

    Giving my parents access to my Twitter. I figure this thing would appeal most to my mother so she knows I am still alive… 😉


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