Update 05.15.07: Yes, the twitterings to the right are for real. After taking a good look at twitter, I now see it has potential for good as well as minor evil. That’ll teach me to go off on a rant without fully understanding the source of the rant. Lesson learned.
I try not to go off-theme too often, but there are times when I simply can’t help it. Particularly when common sense seems to get trumped by the latest fad. Okay, here we go…
How do you know when all this beautiful web 2.o stuff has gone too far? When something like Twitter becomes the Next Great Thing.
Want to know if someone’s having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Ask Twitter.
Want to tell everyone you know that you had a bad bean burrito and now you’re stuck in the bathroom praying to the porcelain god? Go tell Twitter.
Bored with life or work and have nothing else better to do? Get Twitter now.
Sorry everyone. I just don’t get it. Am I missing something? Is the need to know what someone is doing every second just that compelling? Have we become so enamored with reality television that we need to bring it to the web? And for the love of pete, who thinks their life is so damn interesting that we want to know about every move you make? Makes you wonder if there’s a reason that twitter starts with ‘twit.’
Please. I challenge someone (anyone) to make one solid argument in favor of Twitter. Else this has the makings of some wonderful satire.
Update 03.16.07: Kathy Sierra has a good analysis on what’s wrong with the (hopefully short-lived) Twitter phenomenon. And the anti-Twitters are coming out of the woodwork based on the comments.