Time now for something a lot more positive.
Hat tip: Matt Rhodes, FreshNetworks.
Next, read Twitter sucks, so change your friends, an excellent post by London-based musician, writer and teacher Steve Lawson in which he beautifully trashes much of the utter drivel about Twitter that has been published in some of the UK mainstream media in recent weeks, notably by The Times.
So let me focus on his conclusion:
[â€¦] Twitter – and the raft of â€˜micro-bloggingâ€
services that are springing up, and will continue to mutate – is changing the way we communicate online, and weâ€ re all the better for it. Itâ€ s not going to disappear, and 3 years from now, weâ€ ll all have a twitter name (or hopefully an OpenID-authenticated cross-platform equivalent) the way we have an email address.
â€œChanging the way we communicate onlineâ€ â€“ thatâ€
Finally, see these related points of view:
- Social networks ‘are new e-mail’, a BBC report from South by Southwest 2009 that suggests that all people want to do on social networks these days is post status updates.
- Microblogging will marginalize corporate email, a compelling point of view by tech marketer Hutch Carpenter that suggests that communications amongst employees will both increase and divert away from email because of the growth of microblogging with services like Yammer, Socialcast, Present.ly and SocialText Signals. Not to mention Twitter, of course.