No More Twitter

6 mars 2011 13 commentaires

Or should I say: why I barely use it anymore. My followers will have noticed that I haven’t tweeted for a while now (7th of December, it seems). The reason is pretty simple: the information flow is too intense.

I think this is due to the passing nature of a tweet. It stays on screen for a couple of minutes before being replaced by a new one. Twitter’s homepage, where you can read messages from the members you’re following, shows tweets in real time. And even if I follow « only » some 150 accounts, I can not possibly manage to read everything each day.

So I think Twitter is a great place to speak, but not so much to listen.

I was saying I barely use it anymore. Well, the only reason I keep my account alive is my subscription to #xl8 hashtagged messages (have I lost anyone?). To be simple, I automatically receive messages related to translation into my RSS reader (Google Reader in my case). But I still barely manage to read the fifty-ish daily tweets.

I must admit if I only use Twitter to promote my blog without listening to what others have to say, then I don’t really see the point anymore.

13 réflexions au sujet de « No More Twitter »

  1. Rose

    It’s the nature of the world, we always miss out on something, but that’s no reason not to look at it when you have a moment. I am sure I miss some great TV, but just because I miss some great TV sometimes, that’s no reason never to turn the TV on when I have a moment. :)

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    1. Laurent Auteur de l’article

      You are totally right. But between Facebook, LinkedIn, my e-mails and Skype, I hardly find the time to check on Twitter too… Maybe I should try to follow just a few dozens of people, I would have a clearer view, just like when I began using it…

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  2. céline

    Interestingly (for me, anyway), I came to this post via Twitter, as I stopped using RSS for exactly the same reason that you quote for leaving Twitter. The reason why I get my info from Twitter is that it’s been filtered by my peers – all the best stuff ends up on it, whereas for me, RSS is indiscriminate and overwhelming. Horses…

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    1. Laurent Auteur de l’article

      So in other words, you rely on your peers to do the dirty work (filtering and sharing)! Just kidding. I usually get less RSS posts than tweets in a single day, so I still manage to quickly see what’s really interesting (often just reading the title or the first sentences).

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  3. shadab

    I am agree with you. that twitter is more become of Saying then listening, If you would like to say something frequently then use it. but you can listen what others would like to said, In this i found facebook more interesting

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  4. Judy Jenner

    Good point. It sure does get overwhelming, but TweetDeck has helped me keep things organized, but I need to set it up again on the new computer. I do really like Twitter, and I need to tweak my account a bit to have groups, etc.

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  5. lingi

    I can really understand you. Sometimes it´s really so overwhelming all this stuff. but I think, unfortunately, this is a fact of our world and society today, not only of the www! every day more and more information. so you sometimes just want to push the « off »-button, relax and enjoy the calmness.

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  6. Fabio

    Laurent, I understand you when you say you want to leave Twitter for good – it’s very unilateral, and it makes it very hard to follow conversations, whereas on blogs you have more of a real chat going on, plus you can be notified by e-mail or RSS feed whenever there are updates. I really prefer RSS and blogs, as they both leave a more lasting mark on the internet (think about Google, SEO, marketing). But make no mistake: what you say on Twitter may apparently last only a few minutes, but it remains somewhere on the web and will definitely be indexed somewhere and can resurface in search results to either speak in your favor or haunt you forever – so I will remain on Twitter because of the obvious benefits in terms of exposure.

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    1. Laurent Auteur de l’article

      You are right, and as a matter of fact, I am currently trying to bring back my Twitter to life. My problem was that I had too many subscriptions (too much to read). So I’ve « cleaned up » my account. I also created a personal Twitter to follow non-translation accounts. I am still looking for the perfect tool to make it easy to follow and update (currently trying Tweetdeck) though.

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  7. Fabio

    I use HootSuite, which you can install as a standalone application, Firefox add-on (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/5019829/) and/or iPhone app. I also like a Firefox add-on called « HootSuite hootlet », a button that you can click to instantly share the URL to a web page you are visiting (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hootsuite/). HootSuite’s free version allows you to add up to 2 accounts and it publishes updates from (up to 2) RSS feeds automatically – this may come in handy if, for example, you want your followers (like Céline, who doesn’t use RSS feed readers) to know that your blog has a new update.

    What I don’t like, and don’t ever look for in a Twitter application, is a notification feature. Twitter notifications, except Direct Messages, are dangerous productivity killers.

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    1. Laurent Auteur de l’article

      Thank for the tip, I’ll try Hootsuit in parallel to Tweetdeck and see which is best

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