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You can't spell 'Twitter' without 'twit'

blue_condition has given what I consider to be the last word on the matter of micro-blogging here:

I like LJ because it promotes a certain degree of literacy and style. Twitter is going to be people saying "GOING TO LOO NOW HEHE" "I DONE A BIG POO" "COR UR BUM IS SMELY" etc. etc.

Compare that sentiment with a look at the latest posts on LJ, and you'll realise just how bad it can be.

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You know, even though I post a lot on LJ, and sometimes in some depth, I do still have some private thoughts.

I don't want to expose myself absolutely. I want to keep some of me back. I don't want to trivialise my life in the way that I suspect Twitter might.

Maybe I'm just getting old or something ?

BTW, those captioned pictures you posted of the garklet were really funny. Do other people do that kind of thing too ?

On a different subject...you going to ESWC next week?

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Is micro-blogging even anything I want to pollute my already-overloaded, aching brain with? It sounds horribly "2.0".

I suspect that micro blogging is going to be the preserve of the much younger and more ridiculously stupid. The kind of person who thinks that daze is the plural of day.....

I'll take that as a "no", then.

Given that some aspects of my life bore even me why in heck would I feel the need to share them with others? I have even less comprehension for why anyone would ever want to follow someone else's life in such minutae! That completely stumps me!

I enjoy reading about the highlights (or lowlights) - those things that have affected my friends most, whether good or bad. And I even enjoy reading odd thoughts, opinions and rants.

But I have no interest in stuff like toilet visits, the fact that someone just made a sandwich, a printer running out of paper, a button falling off one's trousers or any one of the hundreds of perfectly dull things that happen to most of us on a daily basis.

As far as I can tell, the "killer app" for twitter would be getting messages to people when out of email contact - and you don't have a mobile number for them. Except, of course, you end up having to tell everyone everything.

Or a way of sending texts to multiple people for the cost of one - may be useful at festivals and similar, perhaps?

*I'm amazed that apparently I get the Twitter texts for free. can this be right?

I could see this being v useful for me - I often send multiple same texts when I'm abroad, "moblogging"..

You get a gold star for the most incisive comment so far...

Hmm. Looking at the last twenty things I've received from twitter, I see absolutely no bad spelling, odd abbreviations or other lowbrow crap. In the last two days on LJ, however, friends have urged me to add other people to my list and I've been so irritated by the poor grammar, spelling and punctuation in their last entries that I've run away screaming.

I'm not sure that the one technology particularly encourages literacy or style over the other. Depth, perhaps, but not literacy or style.

I find the main difference is in immediacy. LJ is "what I did yesterday"; Twitter is "what I'm doing now."

Yeh. Since my twitter people so far are also all on my LJ FL I don't expect the literacy to be v different. Biut I do have occasional moments of thought that seem worth sharing when i'm out and about, and I imagine my friends might too. Also for me it's a way of staying close to those who are far away: sometimes you don't want a book review from your closest friends, you want to know that they're making dinner or stuck in traffic - it's a sort of intimacy.

I'm not remotely invested in Twitter but I can see a place for it, albeit a small one.

I agree that a lot of twitter is junk (though a lot LJ is similarly inane twaddle). However Twitter has its place.

I run or post to a lot of web sites. Twitter gives a handy way of quickly noting what I've been doing in a way that friends can keep track of. Not that anyone reads my twitter of course.


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