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Yeah I thuoght this of twitter till I actually started using it too. Mostly I find it's endless streams of Pun-games, funny videos/thought provoking links from Graham Linehan, jokes from simon pegg, peter serafinowicz, Arthur Mathews, Mike Batt and a whole host of professional and amateur funny people, and then there's the worthy stuff too like the Trafigura thing and so on, and music stuff like Joey Santiago from the Pixies chatting about which guitar he's gonna buy and why
If you prefer other stuff like techy stuff and that, then you just find people like that to follow.
The US political online mag The Nation described twitter as "Over-hyped and Under-appreciated"
which sums it up.
Like just about every thing under the sun, the ones who run it down the most are those who haven't used it for more than 5 minutes, or even more stupidly just look at the public feed, or one user's feed in isolation.
Use it, engage, and then decide if it's worthless.
I just can't conceive of how twitter would fit into my lifestyle. Would I be interrupting what I'm doing once an hour (or more) to look at my phone and go "Oh, I see Stephen Fry is a bit depressed again."?
[quote:da40098bc9="Recycled Alien"]I just can't conceive of how twitter would fit into my lifestyle.[/quote:da40098bc9]
Download a [url=http://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/8220-six-twitter-clients-for-the-linux-desktop-and-one-for-the-road]Linux client for Twitter[/url], try a search for a few reasonably specific keywords on subjects of interest to you, follow/interact with a few of those users for a couple of days and see what comes of it. Might be good, or it might not.
[quote:22d21365bf="Recycled Alien"]I just can't conceive of how twitter would fit into my lifestyle. Would I be interrupting what I'm doing once an hour (or more) to look at my phone and go "Oh, I see Stephen Fry is a bit depressed again."?[/quote:22d21365bf]
You're being deliberately daft though, aren't you? You've made your feelings clear on Stephen Fry, so why in the name of suffering fuck would you follow him?
You're always going on about Linux - well, there are literally THOUSANDS of Linux folks on Twitter posting articles and discussing things. Why on earth would you NOT find that even [i:22d21365bf]slightly[/i:22d21365bf] interesting? Same goes for just about any subject you can think of.
For bands - its a way to interact DIRECTLY with fans. How is that [i:22d21365bf]not[/i:22d21365bf] useful? If I follow all the local bands I like it can only be a good thing if they post updates, gig listings, requests for support...
It is what you make it. And for a long time celebs had NOTHING to do with it - I used it to keep up with technology news and people I was friendly with in those circles. In time I actually have formed proper friendships with people I've met on Twitter. So is it pointless? Maybe for you, but I think a large number of people have found it to a rewarding and valuable tool.
I wish Recycled Alien would sign up to Twitter so I could follow him. It would truly fit into my lifestyle, such as it is. When I was in London recently and my host was busy, I searched for "Camden" and found a game of rounders being played by total strangers in Regent's Park. It was brilliant. My own "feed" has rather been taken over by the likes of Jon Ronson endlessly promoting themselves, which is tedious. Time for a cull perhaps. I prefer the brainfarts of my loved ones.
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Ha. I just read back in this topic to my sceptical post about the point of using Twitter, if there was one. Well, actually, I started an account a couple of months ago ( http://twitter.com/recycled_alien ) and I use it to make stupid comments about myself or anything else.
I don't follow "celebrities", just people I know, or know indirectly.
I mean, Anto mentioned Graham Linehan in response to my original scepticism. Well, when he writes something funny again, like Father Ted, they'll put it on television, won't they? No need to watch every tweet waiting for it.
Yes, but Graham himself is pretty funny, and tends to link a lot to a certain type of article online - often related to scepticism, suspicion of religion or left-leaning politics. If you're interested in those sorts of things it's perfectly ok to follow Graham and not give a shit about his TV work (which I love anyway).
So it's ok to follow whoever you want on Twitter folks! Nothing's changed!