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Twitter...Why?

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posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 11:29 AM
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Wow all of these negative viewpoints on twitter, and yet from those who don't actually use it.

Sounds rather expected if you ask me. People fear and malign that which they are not familiar with.

All of my friends, almost every single one of them live someplace else. We stay together mentally via twitter and facebook.

Heck I follow ATS on twitter as well....

All these haters...




posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 12:16 PM
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I have a twitter account. I find it beyond useless.

I actually have developed a pretty good relationship with it, because I don't use it. I like to experience life by actually experiencing life. I see twitter as an impediment to doing anything. The idea that people have to take some of their time to log their actions is a terrible terrible waste of time that will never be a part of my routine.

"I'm having dinner"..."Dinner is very good tonight! Spaghetti and meatballs. Mmmm"..."Dinner was fantastic"..."My doorknob is really getting on my nerves. Sometime's it just pops off in my hand"..."What's everyone doing tonight?"..."No one's answering me. Helloooooo!"..."I just realized I dislike a large number of my shirts"..."I guess nothing's happening tonight
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Wrong. Lots of things are happening tonight. No one's answering your tweets because they're out doing stuff! Get off twitter and find out!

People like to invent words. Like Twitpic. Or Re-tweet. I have an oldie but a goody for them.

Twit- noun: an insignificant or bothersome person.

Therefore, a twitter is a collection of twits.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 12:22 PM
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To be honest i have a twitter but i stopped using it because it does not make sense anymore. At first it was fun following a few close friends and few friends following me because i wouldn't have to call all of them to see whats up. However once i got to several thousand followers and several hundred to foloow , you basicaly cannot keep up with the amount of updates people post. So you would still have to check their twitter page to see whats up.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 12:23 PM
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it's funny how most sites are now bogged down with ads nowdays.

What is amusing is run firefox with adblock, flashblock, and noscript and all these major spammy ad sites look like barren html 1.0 sites


disgusting how many ads they try to throw at ya, which is why I like firefox with those plugins non stop now, I got tired of all ads, and just squash them all. Since it's my choice what is sent to my pc anyhow.

these flash ad pop unders and such are the worlds worst. But flashblock stops those dead now, so no more flash popunders for twitter.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 01:46 PM
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All these haters...


That wasn't the intention of the thread..It was to point out how easy twitter could be used to paint a picture of the political spectrum America is engaged in.

Easy one liners that can be categorized and dissected with big nsa style computers..

seems rather easy and a plausable conspiracy...



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 01:53 PM
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Originally posted by open_eyeballs
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All these haters...


That wasn't the intention of the thread..It was to point out how easy twitter could be used to paint a picture of the political spectrum America is engaged in.

Easy one liners that can be categorized and dissected with big nsa style computers..

seems rather easy and a plausable conspiracy...


Oh yes.. indeed all social networks since the dawn of the internet have been used for these purposes, that goes without saying.

But I was amazed at how many people have, and still are, posting comments which simply malign twitter.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 01:59 PM
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Originally posted by danj3ris
I have a twitter account. I find it beyond useless.


Whoa worthless? Beyond worthless? You do know that one's ability to find a use for something is directly proportional to one's intelligence, right? That's not a slight on you, just saying that you may not want to use that phrase for something you dislike.

We call animals more or less intelligent based on their ability to find uses for things. It's called tool making.



I actually have developed a pretty good relationship with it, because I don't use it. I like to experience life by actually experiencing life. I see twitter as an impediment to doing anything.


Really? But you find ATS enabling?

Well, do you send letters to your family? Does that get in the way of living life?

I use twitter specifically for that. I follow family members and close friends.

I guess it's all in the ability to find a use for something without it consuming you.



The idea that people have to take some of their time to log their actions is a terrible terrible waste of time that will never be a part of my routine.


I'm sure someone said that about reading and writing at one point as well.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 02:06 PM
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indeed all social networks since the dawn of the internet have been used for these purposes


I dont think so. Other than marketing ploys and pollings; places like myspace and faceboook would be much more difficult to gather information about the american peoples specific opinions about politics.

I think twitter has a unique capability of giving whomever is interested in such information a much more clear and easily gatherable information base....



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 02:19 PM
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Heh... well I've been performing digital forensics for a long time, this goes all the way back to usenet and irc.

I flagged yer thread though ;-)

[edit on 16-8-2009 by HunkaHunka]



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 02:36 PM
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...but seriously, to all those whom "question the intelligence" of twitter users: you are being incredibly short-sighted.

technology is advancing at an ever-increasing rate. the days of sitting down at the desk using an arcane keyboard for input are quickly coming to an end. in fact, twitter is most often used by those in our society whom have already moved on to a higher integration of technology with their daily, mobile lifestyles.

i think twitter will eventually go the way of the myspace. but it is groundbreaking, and it is a glimpse into the future.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 03:38 PM
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If Twitter is being used to mine information, then I'm in trouble with TPTB, or will be soon. I only signed up to get ATS points so I could get into RATS. I did take a gander at my Twitter page and it's chock full of thousands of ATS pages.

As for actually using it, well, one needs friends usually for something like Twitter to work. I don't have any so there's no need for me to tell anyone what I had for dinner or some other nonsense. If it works for you, cool, but I have no need for it.



posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 04:07 PM
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I use Twitter, but not via the website, that's pretty naff. I use a Twitter client called TweetDeck, it makes it easier to follow what's going on.

I follow ATS on there too, for the latest updates, and the updates get sent instantly to my mobile which I read via a little app called Twitta.



posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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Originally posted by HunkaHunka

Whoa worthless? Beyond worthless? You do know that one's ability to find a use for something is directly proportional to one's intelligence, right? That's not a slight on you, just saying that you may not want to use that phrase for something you dislike.


Personally I don't doubt that there are intelligent people that use twitter. But the word "twit" existing in it's name makes me laugh, and makes it an easy target for a sub-par jab towards twitter users. Although I do realize twitter's creators meant the title to be a play off "tweeter", hence the bird logo and "tweeting".

I've tried twitter. Followed other users. Led other users. And I still find it useless. Granted I can use it to as a method to communicate or entertain myself. But those uses aren't worth it to me.


Originally posted by HunkaHunka
But you find ATS enabling?


Hell yes. ATS has broadened my horizons in many ways. People think I'm such a zany guy filled with crazy ideas. I thank ATS in part for that.


Originally posted by HunkaHunka

Well, do you send letters to your family? Does that get in the way of living life? I use twitter specifically for that. I follow family members and close friends.


I don't send letters to my family so no, it doesn't get in the way of living life. The telephone however is an incredible invention. But I hate holding the receiver up to my head for too long. Gives me a headache.

As said by I:
The idea that people have to take some of their time to log their actions is a terrible terrible waste of time that will never be a part of my routine.


Originally posted by HunkaHunka
I'm sure someone said that about reading and writing at one point as well.


Perhaps! But I find a use for those.


As per the topic of the thread, I fully agree with what you said above in response to open_eyeballs' post. Tweets being analyzed by nsa computers to paint a picture of you for their own purposes.

This is actually why I dislike many social networking sites in general. It invites trouble. The posting of a picture, the utterance of a few words, and people judge me and adjust the way they think of me without my ever having left the house. Put things in the public eye and you open up the biggest can of worms in existence. I like having a little more control over what will influence how others perceive me. Social networking is a powder keg and you never know how long the fuse is.



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