The Grumpy Editor's Twitter experience
Posted Sep 14, 2010 5:24 UTC (Tue) by ewen
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Twitter experience
140-Character broadcasts look an awful lot like a combination of the worst features of cellular short messaging and Usenet
(As a non-Twitter user) I've long considered Twitter to be a combination of SMS and IRC (rather than Usenet). People seem to use it as an IRC replacement (often without ever having seen IRC; "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"). The "killer app" seems to be link sharing, which it manages only tolerably well due to length limitations. (It surprises me that one or more of the "link shortening" services hasn't been found to be Man-in-the-Middling large numbers of users.) Like IRC it copes fairly well with "temporary community" due to the extremely ad-hoc means of creating a new community (hashtag, in both cases). (The irony for me is that there've been multiple "broadcast" based message services over the last 25 years, including Usenet and IRC, and they seem to keep being reinvented in a centralised fashion only to suffer terrible scalability problems for a while. Who knew, right?)
All that said, I too found searching on Twitter's web interface somewhat useful (to find links to photos) in a recent major event near me. It does appear to be the place the "crowd effect" is working at present.
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