• I’m with you 100% on this Rarst. I think what happened is that when developers figured out “real-time” updates were possible they were ecstatic. The idea that the internet, a place where BBS once ruled could be brought into near real-time was a huge feat for programmers, and they hyped that up. People want things to be fast, and now we’ve worked our way to the point of near instant information.

    Too bad we just can’t handle it. I twitter, but after about 5 minutes of staring at my stream updating every few seconds it comes too much. I have to ignore it for a while. Not only is there too much going on, it’s all happening too fast to read an comprehend. Not to mention if you need to respond to something, by the time you finish it’s pushed off the screen.

  • @Angelo

    Yeah, techies are being large part of it. Twitterfeed had recently implemented new protocol [with weird name I can’t spell]. Anyway my posts are now tweeted in seconds after they go live at blog, instead of hours as it was before.

    1st thought – wow this is so cool.
    2nd thought – and why exactly I give a damn when it gets tweeted? same people will see is and same people will ignore it.

    Twitter is probably worst case of real time overhype. In fact it doesn’t have to be real time at all. I can easily miss a day and read my stream later. If I can’t – that means I am trying to chug more information than I am capable of digesting.

    And Twitter search is even worse than Twitter itself. It is presented like some search miracle, but can’t even keep two weeks of tweets in its crippled real time memory.

  • Interesting post, I completely agree with you.

    I dart in and out of twitter depending on my mood and how busy I am, but it is not exactly part of my daily workflow, it is more of a hobby.

    I do find 99% of my messages are now “real time” though… IM, SMS, twitter, even email is so fast now the messages are more of a one liner than a proper message.

    In the old days (wow, how old do I sound now?) I used to send and receive proper emails which were worth reading. I cant remember when that last happened though and it is a shame. I does seem like everyone (myself included, I suppose) has become more impatient, and everyone needs to know things straight away.

    I’m not sure what will happen with Twitter… the novelty seems to be wearing off with a lot of people now, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the revival of the blog at some point, with people getting away from the self-imposed character limit of twitter. Probably not in its current form though, as I think twitter has proven the “social” side of things works, so perhaps some kind of hybrid will emerge… “blitter” perhaps? LOL

  • @Jim

    IM is around for so long and no one ever glorified its “real time” awesomeness. :)

    When things that are nothing special are suddenly served as revelations – you know you are looking at bubble.

    As for me Twitter is just a place to vent. It sucks as communication tool and those who regard it as such usually mean you-read-my-advertisements-and-feel-glorified-that-I-follow-you under communication. It will be fine as place to vent, but I think most of retarded real-time values will wither away.

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