A lot of the Internet doesn't need a "plan for monetization" because it's not owned by single corporate entities. If giganews goes down, Usenet continues to exist. If Google implodes, the Web, email, and XMPP chat will live on. If Twitter's funders put the knife in it, Twitter just goes away, as there is no other implementation.
I don't read a lot of news stories about how telephone calls and livejournal accounts are going to revolutionize communication/journalism/marketing/culture/the internet/society/business/life.
It's the level of attention it gets compared to how important it actually is that makes it irritating.
The best thing about Twitter is that I no longer have to listen to clueless journalists prattle on about Second Life. That was embarrassing for everyone involved.
it's mostly noise aside from the famous and the interesting.
I know it's in vogue to hate on Twitter but you don't have to fucking try to eradicate anything that might even slightly resemble a twitter message. What's next, making sure every comment you leave is over 140 characters?
Yes, people that are so narcissistic that they assume others are interested in their every waking thought are annoying as fuck. This is the same for any media they use, whether it be Twitter, blogs, vlogs, texting, endless cellphone chatter, or just shouting at the top of their lungs. The important thing about twitter is that it's completely opt-in -- if you don't want to hear the one-in-a-hundred person who actually does only talk about their meals you don't have to. Only follow people you're interested in and you'll be free from all banality (except your own).
I agree, it's also fucking annoying to hear newspeople chatter endlessly about Twitter, but as I'm sure you're aware this is the same for any cutesy thing they pick up and focus on. "People like twitter," they think, "so we should let them know about it!" Get your ire up at the fact that our media would rather spend time on little things like that than on actual news. (Note: since the time I wrote this message newspeople have dramatically dropped their Twitter chattering. It's become commonplace and less interesting.)
Now, onto the actual issues: The vocabulary's certainly twee as fuck but you can't actively change that. It's part of the culture of the site and for better or worse it's going to stay. The 140-character format may be limiting but it can't be changed or they'd lose the major text-messaging facet of the service. Besides, a 140-character message can easily fit a sentence or two; three such messages can fit an entire paragraph. If you want to share something, you can.
So, what's left to be angry about Twitter? Nothing. Get over it.
There's a strange contigent on Metafilter that freaks out when Twitter gets any kind of criticism. I'm trying to figure it out. I think it has to do with something that, for lack of a better term, could perhaps be called the "Bareback Andy" effect: Lazy people don't want to be on the outside looking in on the Next Hot Trend, so they latch onto something like Twitter like a parasitic zebra mussel onto a shipping boat.
So, again, people who disagree with you are just part of a mob?
It is also a prime example of people on the outside trying really hard to be on the inside from the ground floor--to be "cool".
So, yeah, twitter can be used for all kinds of things, but saying it's used solely by Smart People Thinking Important Thoughts is idiotic.
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