Twitterers come…and mostly go

“Works that are trumped up in haste are never finished with that perfection they require.”

Amazing stat just published by Nielsen – 60% of people on Twitter wind up abandoning the service within one month.

What do you think that says about the value of Twitter?  I think it is a pretty clear indication that 60% of people either:

A) realize that what they do every day, although significant to those around them, is likely to be viewed as insignificant to relative strangers, and/or;

B) we really don’t care what Ashton Kutcher (or anyone else, for that matter) is doing and thinking every moment of his day.

And Twitter is NOT a news service of any kind.  To those that defend Twitter as the medium that “broke” the US Airways plane landing in the Hudson…I’m sure cell phones were ringing off the hook prior to someone tweeting about the incident, and the mainstream media perhaps wanted to get the actual details about the incident so they could report fact, not opinion.  Just because someone tweeted that a plane was in the Hudson does not lend credibility to the medium, and it certainly does not add an air of newsworthiness to it.  And please don’t get me started on the whole “Demi Moore’s tweets helped stop a woman from committing suicide…” nonsense.  Call the police, Demi – let the professionals handle it, not rank amateurs with cell phones or TweetDecks.

Communication in general is  imprecise.  We have to decipher and decode what is meant versus what is said.  It’s hard enough for us to communicate effectively with full sentences and paragraphs – how in the heck do we expect to communicate with perfection with 140 character snippets?

So there you have it – tweets are works trumped up in haste, with none of the perfection that real, worthwhile communication requires.

For the record – I do have a Twitter account.  But I’m dangerously close to joining the 60%…

I welcome opposing opinions from the Twitter believers out there!

~ by chuckmattina on May 11, 2009.

One Response to “Twitterers come…and mostly go”

  1. Tweets for the tweet.

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