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Sort-of-Goodbye Twitter

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Train of thought:

  • For some years I’ve been living my life without Media (TV, newspapers, radio) – and my life has become better for it.
  • I initially liked twitter because it had an unknown quality to it – talking to nobody… yet people listening – who knows where that can go.
  • Twitter is no longer about unknown – it is more predictable – it is about ambition, it is about selling… more followers…celebrity… attention economy… bla bla bla…
  • Twitter is now generating more noise for me then interest. It has a tinge of entertainment value – but hardly enough to justify the noise.
  • I can still find a smile and place in my heart for twitter… but I don’t have faith in it’s future.
  • There are more affective (primitive – like email) means of communication for those people with whom I wish to communicate or who may wish to communicate with me.
  • Twitter is no longer about twitter, it is about making money from twitter.
  • I blog mostly for myself, though it’s nice to know others read it as well… but not really important.
  • I update twitter mostly for myself, though it’s nice to know others are listening … but not really important. My twitter updates are aggregated to my blog.
  • Over recent days I have shut down my online twitter clients and instead occasionally visited twitter.com … less and less…
  • I am embracing this new twitter consuming pattern… it feels better now.

So in a way – this is a sort-of-Goodbye twitter

If you are of the few people with whom I’ve been actively communicating through twitter please know I am no longer there like I used to be. I’d love to keep in touch with you – it’s easy: iamronen [at] iamronen.com  . If you see my status updates in twitter – please know that I am not very likely to see your responses – at least not in real time. So if you really want to respond – write me.

After thoughts..

I’ve have a theory churning in mind about what’s currently happening to twitter – it has to do with quality. I don’t have any idea what’s going to happen with twitter, I don’t want to and I don’t really care – it’s not important any more. I do know that its quality is decreasing and going to continue doing so – and I have a feeling that in some correlation to that – it’s value will rise. I am not big on theories so I don’t know if I will get around to putting it into words. If I will – I will send a twitter update about it 🙂

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