Twitter. It is taking over. Every time I watch the news or any magazine type television show lately I am reminded that I can follow them on Twitter now too. Is this really necessary? Do I really need to get 140 character updates from thousands of sources? The problem with that, as I see it, is that following thousands on Twitter creates a lot of noise. Thousands of people “chirping” in my ear 24 hours a day. Just turn it off you say? Sure, but then I might miss something. I hate missing anything. (If you are one of the three people left in the western world who doesn’t know what Twitter is, then click here for an explanation)
Ben Parr at Mashable.com just wrote a post entitled 10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates. This list both disturbed me and excited me at the same time. I found it disturbing when I read that a guy proposed to his girlfriend through a tweet. How romantic. She accepted by tweeting back “Yes, I do” by the way. I guess they are meant for each other. I’m thinking that if guys are proposing through Twitter then you can bet they are dumping their girlfriends with a tweet too. Nice.
I have to admit that the article did excite me more than it disturbed me however. There are tweets that are drawing huge amounts of money for worthy causes and there are tweets that are breaking news to the world the instant they happen, like the plane crash in the Hudson River in NYC. There are tweets that have saved people from years of prison and even tweets that actually save lives. These examples are all listed in Mr. Parrs article.
I’m interested to see just how main stream “twittering” will become. I still haven’t decided if it’s a really good thing or just another way to suck all my precious free time away. Time will tell I guess.