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Could someone please explain to me the value of Twitter? More specifically, what is the value of using LiveJournal as some sort of Twitter aggregator?

The minutiae of most people's lives just aren't that interesting, and Twitter's model is diametrically opposed to sustained narrative or even coherent exposition. I look at these Twitter-generated posts on my f-list and find them incomprehensible; they're too fragmentary, too link-heavy, and too filled with decontextualized pseudo-content to be readable.

So, what's the point of dumping a whole bunch of these Twitter entries into a blog and calling it a post?


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Apr. 19th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
So far today:
woke up to dog barking
fell back to sleep
had banana, Special K cereal bar, and a vitamin D pill (1000mg) and a Vitamin C chewable tablet (500mg)
wrote twenty five words of thesis

Apr. 19th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Now if you just hotlinked every third word, you'd have a Twitter post.
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree. Hating the Twitter. It looks like a list of text messages, except posted all at once and for no reason because they're not on your phone and there's no lack of space.
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's another really annoying thing about these posts. That whole truncated expression method, especially when "complemented" by a lack of context.
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Twitter's minutiae is the logical extension of blogging, social networking and texting. Soon everyone will know what everyone else is doing right this minute, whether it's tying one's shoe or eating an orange or being a little sleepy after class. Everyone will know, and no one will care.
Apr. 19th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
It's not just the minutiae - it's presented with no context, and in such truncated phrases, that I can't tell what the hell they're talking about. Blech.
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Bah! I just used these exact words in a response above. Must pay closer attention. And I don't see it as the logical extension of blogging so much as the reductio ad absurdum of blogging.
Apr. 19th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
i've started skipping them, along with memes. I've never seen a substantive twitter post, and I have so little time.
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I hate to scroll so quickly past friends' entries, but they really are incomprehensible.
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not in the least surprised that you feel the same way.
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
when i see twitter posts, it's like looking at someone's post it notes left around the house and leaves me thinking 'why the hell am i looking at this?'
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
no idea what that is. guess I'll go look it up now.
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
As long as you don't subscribe. For the love of God, Montressor!
Apr. 19th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Good, I'm glad somebody else asked this.

I really don't get it. Not only do I wonder who wants to read it, I'm clueless as to why I'd waste my time writing it. Inexplicable.
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Justine Musk wrote about this for Storytellers Unplugged

You could also announce your arrival at Taco Bell and your intention to choose hot sauce over mild.

It was actually for this last – the Taco Bell kind of thing – that Twitter was purportedly designed. (Or maybe they designed the thing and tried to figure out what it could be used for and how it could be sold and this was the best they could come up with.) You can ‘follow’ – I’m from a generation that still equates this with ‘stalking’, but nevermind – other participants of Twitter and text them about all those little things that you would never bother to blog or email about. The fact that there’s a reason why you would not blog or email such things seems entirely beside the point.
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I have never even heard of this. And I don't intend to research it. Sounds pointless.

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