Twitter

Twitter Vindicated?
June 17, 2009

Andrew responds to my complaint, citing Joshua Kucera's fact-checking, about Twitter's accuracy. Score a point for Andrew/Twitter on the specific example about crowd sizes, although I'm still a Twitter skeptic. (My sense is that many other tweets have generated a lot more smoke than light--including one I saw a couple of days ago confidently predicting a phony assassination attempt on Ahmadinejad.) I suppose that so long as people take these reports with a grain of salt there's no great harm done.

So You Say You Want A Twitter Revolution?
June 15, 2009

Just to follow up on Mike's post, it's worth remembering that the last supposed Twitter Revolution--in Moldova, in April--turned out to be not all that. From an interview Ethan Zuckerman did with the public radio show "On The Media": My take on it at this point is that Twitter probably wasn't all that important in organizing the demonstrations.

The War On Twitter--still Raging
June 04, 2009

Okay, just wanted to briefly rekindle the old anti-Twitter crusade, per that Twitter study Zubin mentioned just now. My favorite finding: “Among Twitter users, the median number of lifetime tweets per user is one.” Sounds like the people are voting with their fingers. Update: Reader I.N. writes in with this quibble: The discrepancy in "tweets" to "twitterers" is explained by my own model of Twitter use: I have never "tweeted," instead only using my account to subscribe to various news outlets' Twitter accounts.

Prophet Motive
June 03, 2009

This year, Nouriel Roubini, the economist known to the general public as Dr. Doom, Prophet of the Financial Apocalypse, spent the early hours of Mardi Gras on the floor of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It was only 11 a.m., but the party was rollicking. Traders careened around the floor, hooting and honking, dressed as dragons and devils and convicts. Rock music roared overhead, and no one seemed to care that, by the bye, the market had tanked.

Pimp My Rep
May 20, 2009

OMG! Have you seen Episode 7 of CNN.com’s “Freshman Year”? Unbelievable. First, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (you know, the Utah Republican living out of his office) totally slams Nancy Pelosi at his birthday party, laughing about how he shares a birthday with “all the ugly people”: the speaker, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, comedian Martin Short, and that creepy old guy who played Spock in the original “Star Trek.” Meanwhile, crunchy Colorado Dem Jared Polis gets to meet Bono (!), and they bond over how much they hate wearing ties. (Funny.

Claire Mccaskill, For The Twitter Defense
April 28, 2009

Via Matt Yglesias, I see Sen. McCaskill has responded to Matt Bai's charge that she epitomizes the problem with Twitter. Most of it is pretty unpersuasive (to wit: "[I]t’s fun. Trust me when I tell you that part of the problem in Washington is that folks there take themselves way too seriously..."), but this is probably her least unpersuasive point: I use Twitter because no one can edit me.

The War On Twitter, Cont'd.
April 26, 2009

Well, we're just going to have to go with it at this point... Hard to resist this pitch-perfect Matt Bai reflection on the Twitter revolution: I’ve been thinking lately about poor Bob Graham, as decent a man as any who ever entered politics.

Meanwhile, The Greatest Case Against Twitter . . .
April 22, 2009

 . . . comes from Garry Trudeau, who complains to Media Bistro about all the tweeting journalists: The serious journotwits, though, are at it all day — 30, 40 tweets between breakfast and bedtime. And as someone who follows a lot of these folks, I can assure you that outside of the occasional interesting link, there's not much added news value. It's all about fan base maintenance and trying to pump up follower counts. But high follower counts are like Mardi Gras throw beads — worthless out of context.

The Reductio Ad Absurdum Of Twitter Hype . . .
April 22, 2009

. . . comes from today's New York Times: Twitter makes food taste better! P.S. Apologies to Noam for momentarily assuming his role as resident Twitter curmodgeon. --Jason Zengerle

Modo On Twitter
April 22, 2009

I wanted to stop writing about Twitter--really I did. But this turns out to be one of those author-subject pairings for the ages. And, credit where due, both rise to the occasion. From Maureen Dowd's interview with the founders of Twitter:  ME: You say the brevity of Twitter enhances creativity. So I wonder if you can keep your answers to 140 characters, like Twitter users must. Twitter seems like telegrams without the news. We now know that on the president’s trip to Trinidad, ABC News’s Jake Tapper’s shower was spewing brown water.

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