7 thoughts on “Save the Children and original position

  1. Lee

    December 2, 2010 at 1:14pm

    So when are you going to bite the bullet, sign away any remnants of concentration you may have had remaining, and open that twitter account huh?

  2. Tom

    December 2, 2010 at 2:18pm

    Gotta second Lee on this one.

  3. Matt

    December 2, 2010 at 3:03pm

    I think Twitter’s only saving grace is its function as an `interesting links sharing mechanism.’ I have several feeds coming into Google Reader, mainly because they provide me with interesting things to read every day.

    I think Twitter’s capacity for worthwhile conversation is extremely lacking. Even among the development blogosphere, I find that tweeting is more likely to produce flippant, simplified and inane discussions, which are incredibly difficult for a third party to follow.

    Its third function, for `keeping tabs on someone’, is rendered redundant by Facebook. Sure, you can keep track of people you aren’t friends with – but other than more inanity, anything worthwhile is washed out by the 140k limit. A travel tweet like

    “In Kenya right now, so beautiful”

    does not inspire much in me.

    So no, I’m not going anywhere near a twitter account.

  4. Tom

    December 2, 2010 at 10:16pm

    Point one is essentially the reason I use it, but I understand your reservations and how you have a work around. Either way, great blog.

  5. Matt

    December 4, 2010 at 4:53pm

    Tom – thanks – I don’t condemn others that use it :) I just wish there were some better alternatives.

  6. Brendan Rigby

    December 5, 2010 at 8:27am

    Hi Matt,

    I believe you picked up this thread from @rovingbandit’s twitter feed from our original article in response to this campaign over at whydev. Here is the link to the article, http://www.whydev.org/?p=1951. Or though we do not reference the notion of a veil of ignorance, that is perhaps one of the points we were making. Any thoughts?

    Cheers,

  7. Ranil Dissanayake

    December 6, 2010 at 6:53am

    I’m with Matt on this. I *hate* twitter. The only twitter feed I even occassionally visit is ‘shitmydadsays’, which manages to be funny in 140 characters, quite an achievement.

    As for links – I rely on the blogs and e-mails from friends when something really interesting comes up, and my own reading. I tried to follow links using twitter, but some twitterers insist on posting 25 links a day, and I’ve got a job – unless people exercise a bit more quality control, I’m not going to read any of it.

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