Can’t Spell Twitter without Twit

27Feb09

Another alarm bell goes off on the Web 2.0 boom, this time, via a Bushie.

Via the Daily Beast:

Twitter is not a business. I know its founders would like to think it is. It is, for the most part, a diversion. It’s part of the web 2.0 nonsense that believes if you build anything, venture capitalists will throw money at it and then some old media dinosaur will buy you for a gazillion dollars. But, I suspect those days are over. -Mark McKinnon

He’s right, twitter have drastically screwed this up. There is a business there somewhere (they’ll have to hire me to tell them where), but as it stands now, it has even less potential to succeed long term than a free-of-cost Facebook.

There are some very sad attempts at rebuttals in the comments. Personal favorites:

McKinnon isn’t interested in any medium that he can’t manipulate or control and he isn’t keen on anything he can’t spin or where PR agents can’t frame the message. Bottom up communications is anathema to the spin-Nazi as we like to call him.- thair1

Twitter is a bit of waste if what you’re doing with it is simply saying “This is what I just did.” It’s banal and pointless at that level. Use it for “this is what I’m thinking” or “this is something you should know about”, and it’s telepathy of the best kind.- DoyceT

And a nice counter in the comments as well:

Twitter is for egomaniacs who crave attention and think what they have to say should be seen by EVERYONE!- Munodi

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