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Twitter-Bottom Ramen of Social Networking [May. 19th, 2009|05:09 pm]
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I believe that reading Twitter is a punishment and not a privilege. While it seems to have taken hold, I often pray that it is a passing fad.

I do however understand why some people enjoy Twitter and Facebook and not Livejournal. People who don't at their core really like to read and write but want to do social networking and feel connected.

Here's my take of social networking sites:
1. Livejournal-I love it beyond words mostly because I like to read and it has lots of text sprinkled with photos in most cases, dominated by photos in other cases.
2. Facebook-Quality is better than MySpace and at least the updates are often more interesting than Twitter?
3. MySpace-Very picture heavy but buggy. I don't love it.
4. Twitter-I wish it would go away. To me is it as annoying as dental work except at least dental work has good results? I have no ill will towards those who use it, but I have no interest in reading the tweets. It causes me no pain to scroll past them however so this isn't meant to offend any of the majority of people who use and enjoy twitter.

Anyhow, I believe it is ok to be a technology enthusiast who doesn't twitter. I do livejournal because I like to read and write. I do Facebook because enough people invited me that I needed one to see their pictures and I do like how well it works for sharing pictures although the whole "note" thing is pretty lame to me compared to Livejournal. I got a MySpace because I felt I needed one to stay connected to real life friends. I hope to be a twitter holdout for a long time to come.

[User Picture]From: dorei
2009-05-20 11:17 am (UTC)
I started doing twitter when I realized I had kinda stopped doing LJ. I keep up with twitter because I'm hoping the stopping of LJ is a passing thing. I've been so caught up with work stress and life stress, and school stress that I haven't had the energy to really write a decent post. So, in the meantime, I twitter. And I read other folks entries and comment. Y'know, like this one. :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 02:53 pm (UTC)
See, I think because I like to read that I'd rather read something freely written even if it is longer because there's a better chance it will interest me than something falsely constrained to 160 characters.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2009-05-20 03:05 pm (UTC)
140 characters! I like to think of it as concise.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yep. I know lots of people do. I just like to read and write, and the number of interesting 140 char blurbs from what I've seen so far on twitter are not so high percentagewise. I'm a fast reader/writer, so I prefer LJ. I guess I see Twitter has half-a$$ed blogging because it isn't a priority to really express yourself or really read other people expressing yourself, but you still feel connected, even though it's on a more shallow level and takes less effort on the reading/writing side? I do see that it is the right format for lots of folks, it's just not for me so far.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2009-05-20 03:25 pm (UTC)
I think part of the reason for my moving to twitter is because of access. I can't get on lj at work except thru my blackberry (like this response) and trying to write a longer entry via blackberry is frustrating. I can occasionally post via email, like I did this morning with my recipe post but usually its just twitter capability during the work day.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-05-20 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ahh! That really makes sense. I bet that more mobile users and people on the iPhone are part of why it is so popular.
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