TWITTER – HOW MANY TWITS MAKE UP TWITTER? – I read a very interesting article that was published in the Daily Mail, by Robert Hardman, who obviously despises Twitter and all that it stands for. I have to admit Meebal.com is a Twitter user – each of our articles are summarily posted on Twitter in order to generate visitors to our website. This practice is not unusual and indeed millions of website owners around the globe use Twitter for exactly that purpose, but what about those with personal accounts?
As with Robert Hardman, I feel that having a Twitter account for personal use is a pretty sad affair and many have used their accounts simply in the pursuit of baiting others, whether it is a business or individual. When it comes to people in the media, TV personalities, Politicians, even Royalty, I fail to see the purpose of having a Twitter account.
As the British Prime Minister, David Cameron once said; “Twitter … Too many twits might make a tw*t.” The fact that David Cameron used the word ‘might’ was a careful twist on the phrase and unfortunately, considering some of the Tweets I have read on personal accounts I would remove the word ‘might’ without a second thought.
“The clue, perhaps, is in the name. Write a blog and you’re a blogger. Hack into a computer and you’re a hacker. So it’s safe to say that when they came up with ‘twitter.com’, they weren’t expecting much in the way of intelligent discourse. And so it has proved.” Robert Hardmen, Daily Mail
With the very clear statement from Robert Hardman above, I can clearly see his point of view. What astounds me, however, is the sheer stupidity some people display when twittering. Meebal.com recently published an article, Social Networks – Are We Becoming Less Sociable?, which asked the question whether sitting in front of a computer or using a mobile phone to communicate with one another wasn’t in fact driving us further apart on a social level.
The disturbing thing about Twitter is that some people feel the need to deliberately bait, ridicule and torment others for no other reason than simply getting a kick out of doing so.
I find Twitter to be moronic at best. I find it extremely difficult to write anything within the 140 character limit imposed on Twitter and therefore how can Twitter be any real form of informed or educated expression.
One of the reasons we started Meebal.com was to allow people to have their say, on a whole plethora of topics – it is designed for intelligent debate and this certainly cannot be achieved in under 140 characters. Maybe we got it wrong … Maybe people are too lazy or simply too ignorant to write an articulate and coherent article – I am happy to say that Meebal.com is nothing like Twitter and its content is written by a growing number of intelligent people who do have something worthwhile to say and debate.
Where are we going with Twitter and seriously what is its function? Is it really essential to tweet about what you are doing at any one given time or moment? Are people so shallow and dim witted that they can no longer string together a coherent sentence without having to use shortened word phrases in order to get their message across? Can the average Twitter user actually spell the words ‘You’ or ‘For’ – considering the number of times I see these words as ‘U’ and ’4′ I would have to conclude that most Twitter users are so illiterate that websites such as Twitter are perfect for them as they know that no one will spot the mistakes as their readers are also of the same literary prowess.
I know a few of my friends have tried to goad me into getting a personal Twitter account but I fail to see the point in Twitter, other than a business tool. I simply do not have the time, inclination or desire to tell everyone what I am doing at any one moment in time nor express my feelings in a short, unintelligible, sentance. My view is that if you have something to say or share then do it in a way that makes sense, where people have full access to what you have to say.
In conclusion, I would have to say I feel sorry for those who use Twitter as a personal medium but as the title of the article suggests – maybe these poor twits lead such shallow lives that Twitter is the only way they can communicate with other like minded, sad, individuals.