Twitter's Runaway Popularity Halts in US

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makius

Sorry everyone but Twitter can suck my.... well you know. I mean come on, nobody cares what your doing at any given moment in the day. I dont care that your cat just puked up a fur ball in your shoe or that you just made a tuna sandwich....again. If i really want to know what your doing i'll ask. And the same goes for me. I'm not so delusional as to think anyone cares to know that i am thinking about going to the store to buy more toilet paper! So why the hell would i post that on the internet!? Sorry but Twitter is pointless and everyone that uses it is self centered and insecure.

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1337Goose

I can see where you're coming from. Twitter poses the question: What are you doing now? However, whether you intend to answer that question or not is entirely up to you. 

You have to understand that twitter, just like RSS or sms messaging, is just a structured way for information to move around. You could, if you wanted, use twitter as a sophisticated news syndicator with the ability to host your own outgoing feed. 

I'm sure when you think of twitter, you think of a typical teenager pouring every detail of his or her life onto the Internet (with all due respect to teenagers) in 140 character packages, but before you begin painting with the widest brush available, and call all twitter users "delusional" and "self-centered", perhaps you should give it a shot, and see what all the hype is about. Follow MaxPC or TechCrunch (I won't get banned for saying TechCrunch here, will I?) or Google or Microsoft. I'm sure you'll find that twitter isn't quite as superficial as you originally thought.

~Goose

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makius

Ok i can see how reading an organizations twitter feed that you are interested in might be nice. Like Maximum PC or NPR or something like that could be usefull and informative. So yes i suppose i should make myself a bit more clear. My comments were referring to everyday "Joe blows" like you and me, why on earth would I have a twitter feed or read anyone elses? And as i understand it that was the original purpose of twitter, for everyday people like us. The side effect of companies and organizations using it might be a nice benefit and thats awesome. But for everyone else.... i just dont see it.

 I did try it once a few years ago when it first came out. I made an account and everything and got to the part where i was supposed to answer the question: "what are you doing now?" and i sat there for a few minutes, closed out my browser and never went back. I mean what the heck was i supposed to write? "I am currently typing a twitter thingy". There are really only a few people on this earth that might actually care to know what i am doing at any given moment, and all of them have much better ways of contacting me than Twitter. But who knows maybe it is better than i imagine. Maybe i will give it another chance just to put my money where my mouth is as it were. I was rather adamantly apposed to texting also when it first came out and i still am to a degree, although i do see its usefullness in the right setting. So maybe twitter will grow on me, but for now i just dont get the appeal.

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1337Goose

You're absolutely on the mark about that one. There are some people on twitter who post verbosely about every aspect of their lives. They don't have many followers. 

I guess "What are you doing now" isn't a very appropriate question for twitter. I found your "I am currently writing a twitter thingy" comment funny. I guess it is a bit of a stupid question. Maybe a better question would be "What's new?"

If you do end up trying twitter again, let me know what you think.  

~Goose

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MRrelabled

It's just a different way of doing the same thing. I'm not impressed by any of this, it's like texting on a wireless phone WTH

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snapple00

I still fail to see the point of Twitter. I'm not even sure what it is. Do you just sign in and start updating your 'status' like facebook?

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dag1992

Yessir you're pretty much correct, I also failed to see the purpose.  I much prefer the functionality of facebook to twitter any day.  Twitter was pretty obscure until big celebs started using it, then it was suddenly cool.

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1337Goose

Facebook has too much going on, and if that isn't bad enough, it changes interfaces twice a week. 

~Goose

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nedwards

It's worth pointing out that these numbers are just the number of hits on Twitter.com, and don't include people who access Twitter via a desktop app (a la Seesmic or TweetDeck), phone, or even alternative web interface like Hahlo or Brizzly.  As Twitter's userbase stabilizes a bit, I wouldn't be surprised if many of them move away from the vanilla access offered by Twitter.com and going for more of a feature-rich interface.

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1337Goose

You're absolutely right. The web interface really does leave a lot to be desired. Part of twitter's strength is inherent to the "to each his/her own" philosophy: you're pretty much free to use any tool you desire. Personally, I'm an avid twitter user, but I don't think I visit http://twitter.com more than once a day.

Speaking of twitter... do they have a revenue model yet? Web based access may be pivotal in a potential upcoming revenue model. Just speculating. 

~Goose

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