Twick or tweet?

Posted: June 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: web 2.0 | Tags: , | No Comments »

I am becoming disillusioned with Twitter. After three weeks of dedicated tweeting (that’s what it’s called) I am beginning to realise that most people who ‘follow’ you are trying to sell you something. It’s a bit like allowing a whole bunch of marketeers to chase you down the street waving their wares in the air. Quite unseemly.

I thought the purpose of these things was to follow people who share the same interests. I want to contribute to a community of like-minded individuals. This is what web 2.0 apps should be about. Not this one. Currently I have 19 followers. Four are friends/writing contacts – the remaining 14 are variously trying to sell health products, internet security, identity theft protection, NLP courses, yoga mats and themselves.

Where are the poets? Where are the pearls of wisdom I was promised? As usual I am probably looking in the wrong place. Alas, Twitter is a sales tool and not much more. But I’ll give it another week or two – at least coffee guy and Simon at BGB are good fun to follow.

You have a thought and it ends up on BBC News – after posting the above I saw this: Twitter Hype Punctured by Study

“Based on the numbers, Twitter is certainly not a service where everyone who has seen it has instantly loved it,” said Bill Heil, a graduate from Harvard Business School who carried out the work.

On a typical online social network, he said, the top 10% of users accounted for 30% of all production.

“This implies that Twitter’s resembles more of a one-way, one-to-many publishing service more than a two-way, peer-to-peer communication network,” the team wrote in a blog post.