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One More Irrelevant Article to the Twitter Canon

It feels like early 2009 all over again. The New York Times is pushing an article about an author’s discovery of Twitter and the gems of realization that followed therefrom. You can read it here. It spends a bunch of time discussing how people are now becoming performers as they package their lives up for Twitter, and so forth.

Fair point.

But the article fails, miserably so, at distilling the other side of the “packaged stream of thoughts” coin. What about the psychology of the *follower*? I’m on Twitter, primarily, because it has become the default way to overhear the smartest people in my industry. Its like being at a tech conference without the terrible food and the panelist bloviation. In fact, Twitter has now replaced Google Reader as the quickest way to get to news and information of value. The fact that I also use it to rant about the Seinfeldian absurdities of life is quite secondary.

Or maybe I should shut up and expect no more or less from The Times, which after all is not out to cater to just the XKCD audience. Either ways, let me know on Twitter. I’m @saumil.

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  1. November 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Good one man!
    I guess the leading advantage of twitter (and the entire Social Network) over informative sites such as daily news websites etc is the fact that in order to be kept updated constantly, I just take a quick look at my Twitter profile for hot updates

  2. March 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    That’s the way they are at the New York Times. If everyone’s talking about something they will write an article about regardless of whether not they understand the content of the conversations.

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