My Beef With Twitter (Or Why Twitter Sucks)
I was asked a little while ago what my beef with Twitter is (by Kami Huyse of MyPRPro.com). I really couldn’t care less if other people want to waste their time on Twitter. Honestly, I hardly consider them worth the time and blog space for a rant to begin with. Twitter sucks (about as much as Facebook sucks). I’m only sharing my thoughts because of the “special request.” Let’s get to the point, shall we?
(Oh, and since we had to deal with a few illiterates on the Facebook Sucks post not long ago, let’s just make it clear that these comments are entirely in reference to using Twitter in a marketing / PR capacity – I’m sure it’s a fine little chat tool if you have nothing better to do with your time.)
1. If you’re spending time on Twitter (as in, you’re a damned Twitter addict), you’re taking time away from (probably more important) other tasks. Either that or you’re another self-obsessed twit (pun intended) who thinks the world should revolve around you or give a rat’s ass about what you’re up to. (Here’s a post I love: 7 Observed Twitter Archetypes by Will McInnes.)
2. I can see Twitter having the occasional useful purpose in business, but if you’ve been able to accomplish the same goals in the past without it (such as a mass email), why turn anything over to a service as unreliable as this? That’s just flat out stupid.
3. If people were only posting useful updates, that would be one thing. But nobody gives a damn (or at least no one important if they don’t have something better to do) what you’re doing every minute of every f*ing day. If anything, I’ve been seeing some top dogs in the tech industry looking like complete and utter morons talking about stupid sh*t like what they’re having for lunch. It’s hard to respect someone who doesn’t have something intelligent to say, or who acts far too much (far too publicly) like any average Joe off the street. You don’t build authority in your field by acting like everyone else. There’s just far too much noise.
4. The blogging community started out the same way – people posting too much stupid BS that nobody gives a damn about. Eventually people wised up (at least a good portion did), and we started seeing far fewer stupid posts on otherwise useful blogs. I have no doubt we’ll see the same thing with Twitter. I just wish I could stop hearing about them in the meantime.
5. Twittering is so simple to do that people give far too much personal information. It’s easy to forget about privacy concerns, but frankly plenty of folks are sharing information that they shouldn’t be (and that may be an issue for their friends, family, bosses, or colleagues).
I could go on, but like I said, I hardly consider Twitter worth the time. To sum it up… Twitter is a fad. It’ll last only until a “cooler” time-waster comes along (and they always come along in this Web 2.0 world).
- 7 Observed Twitter Archetypes – Will McInnes
- Twitter: Vulnerable to Spammer Invasion? – Mashable
- To Twitter or Not to Twitter? That is Today’s Question – Buzz Canuck
- If Twitter Went Away, Would Anyone Care? – David Binkowski
- Why I Stopped Using Twitter – Scott Carp