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Do We Really Need Twitter?

OK, first things first. What the hell is “Twitter”?

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as “tweets.”

What is a “Tweet”?

Tweet: A post on twitter

So, we know what Twitter is and what people do on there but is it really all that useful? These days with so many different social networks and ways of keeping in touch with one another, do we all really need to many portals to very similar information?

If I want to know what my friends are up to, I use Facebook. Facebook has the most users of any social network on the internet and is by far the most popular. I hear you, “Facebook is too cluttered”. I agree, over the years Facebook has become (almost) what I really hated about MySpace. The unedited, unprofessional looking pages my friends called “the best thing ever” when in reality every page glittered an endless stream of epileptic nightmares forcing my to call it a day over there on My_. Still, Facebook has things going for it. I just don’t get why people feel the need to join every new social network as soon as it comes along. Is it a cool factor? Please someone out there tell me why I actually “need” Twitter”!

How many social networking/microblogging services can I think of off the top of my head?

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Digg.com
  • MSN
  • Tumbr
  • Foursquare
  • Plurk
  • Pownce (I think)
Do we have too many in the world?…maybe.

In all fairness why do I need to become a member of Twitter to tell the world what I’m doing, where I’ve been & who I’ve just gone out with when I can do it all from the comfort of the ‘Status Update’ on Facebook? If I want to tell people where I’ve been I could use Foursquare (my girlfriend loves it), at least it does a decent job of geotagging (tagging places I’ve been with photos and geographic location), something that Twitter in all its head start it had on foursquare failed to achieve.

Do we all really need so many social networking tools to keep in touch with our friends when basically all our friends are already all on Facebook?

Some say Twitter does a better job of capturing information on live events as the event takes place as people can shoot off a quick 140 character tweet from their phone. It’s just as easy to update your status on Facebook from your phone in the same way isn’t it?

I must be the only one out there who just doesn’t get the benefit of Twitter.

How many social networks or microblogging services did I miss? Check out the list of social networks on wikipedia for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

Facebook’s Recent Changes: Mistaken Identity?


Most of you who use Facebook will know what I’m talking about when I say, “What happened to Facebook”?

This past week, Facebook has made some significant changes not only to the homepage, but to most of the site. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out Peter X. Deng’s (Facebook engineer) recent blog post on Facebook.

These changes aren’t just cosmetic layout changes either, but some things like the “What are you doing now” bar, changing profile pictures, etc have had their functionality changed quite substantially. One such change in particular caught my eye and that is the old “What are you doing now” bar. This used to be a quick little text area that let you put how you felt in for all to see, and it still is that (kinda).

If you’re familiar with the online service twitter you’ll see where I’m getting at here. The new Facebook status bar is very much like the concept behind twitter. Twitter gives you the ability to quickly share with your friends and family what you’re currently doing, what you’re feeling, where you currently are, what you’re eating (the list goes on).

It looks too much like Facebook trying to ‘steal’ the concept behind twitter for their own use, but adapting it just enough to be slightly different. Twitter lets you share videos, links, photos, etc all via the little “status” bar. Now amazingly, Facebook lets you do exactly the same thing.

C’mon Facebook, what are you doing? You got popular to begin with because you were so different from anything else out there…don’t steal ideas from others and make them your own…we all know what happens to companies who do that (Microsoft…).

Here’s a great YouTube clip from SomeGreyBloke on what Facebook used to be.

Let me know what you think guys!

Youtube Is Full Of “Read The Hardware Specs” Videos

There are so many videos people create on Youtube and the likes of just basically reading hardware specifications straight off the spec-sheet for a product.

Whether you’re reviewing a laptop, new music player, mobile phone, HDTV, etc all people seem to do is just read off a list of specs, say what the product is and if they personally like it or not. Most of the time the person doing the video sounds like they don’t even know the product they’re trying to review. When they read the spec-sheet they don’t even know what half of the stuff they’re reading is!

I’ve seen countless videos where the reviewer would be like:

“This <insert product name here> has a:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Some RAM….1,2GB i think
  • Super fast video card GoForce (GeForce) 8800 something….

Number one, its not very professional and two, you look like a dumb ass when you’re reading something you know NOTHING about!

In the interests of keeping the subjects of my rants anonymous I won’t post their STUPID videos here, but I’ve left comments on their videos….you know who you are!

Want A Sure-fire Way Of Ruining A Song? Set It As Your Ringtone!

Have you ever heard the saying “Play a song to death and you’ll get sick of it!”, well that’s exactly what happens and there’s no faster way of doing that than to set the song in question as your ringtone on your phone.

iphone Most people these days don’t use the default ringer tone on their phone for incoming calls, they set their favourite songs as their ringtones, but why do this? Why send your favourite songs to an early grave? What will most likely happen is you’ll have the song set on your phone for about a week and after an entire week of calls you’ll be so sick of the song (and maybe even the artist) it will take you ages to get back into them.

This is one of the main reasons why I defy the trends and just use the default ringer. People will say that’s boring, people may even call it stupid, but when I’m sitting on a train and hear somebody’s phone ring to the sound of Britney Spears “Hit me baby one more time”, I’ll just have to hit them!

Online Social Networking: Social Injustice or Social Greatness?


These days there are so many ways to stay in touch with your friends online. You’ve got MySpace, blogs, Friendster, Instant Messaging, twitter and Facebook just to name a few. With all this choice online have we started to forget how to socialize in reality? Have we lost most of our communication skills and as a consequence the best we can come up with these days is a short 5 word sentence to update your status, or a ROFLMAO, LOL, WOOT!

Some will argue that social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc have made us lazier with conversation and that many school age children are using these sites for hours upon hours a day. If you’re using services such as this are younger children skewing their English language development just by using websites like these?

myspace Fair enough if you’re a bit older and actually grew up with an English teacher before all this started (web 2.0) as your English skills are probably alright, or at least not half bad, but there are many children these days using sites like Facebook at 8 years old, some even younger. It’s not just learning difficulties that young people may face being constantly surrounded by the online hype but do these types of services make younger people more aggressive or violent?

You can’t really pin this one on social network websites, it would be more fair to lay blame on the internet itself perhaps? When I was younger growing up I didn’t have an internet connection as available to me as most kids have these days. If I did would I have turned out different? Would my education have been affected?

The truth of the matter is, to an extent I think the “online revolution” kids have grown up with these days may be the new “Nintendo Thumb” of this generation but cannot possibly be the sole reason behind a possible rise in violence and attitudes of kids today.

I know for a fact that social network websites give kids greater access to their friends anyone thought imaginable back in the day. Kids can send audio, photos and videos of themselves and we’ve seen problems in some schools with pornographic images taken of themselves and circulated amongst their circle of friends raising all kinds of ethical questions.

Getting away from kids for a moment. You could argue that social networking sites affect us adults in more ways than we first thought. We loose productivity at work if our MySpace or Facebook addictions take hold for too long, some employees have even lost their jobs over spending too much time at work on these websites.

In our society today, are social networking websites as much of a problem to our society than gambling or tobacco addiction? It’s much of a muchness I guess, the question is can you really classify Facebook as an addiction. For most people…it is not.

I’ve gone of on a few different tangents, and granted I didn’t really spend a lot of time exploring any of them. I’m merely just exploring my thoughts. I’m not expecting anything to make sense, but if some of it does then that’s great.

What do you think of social networking sites of today and how do you think they affect our society?

You Like My Good Grammar?

After some very constructive comments by those who shall remain unnamed (you know who you are), on hot stinking days my grammar suffers as a consequence. This is what happens when you’re day job isn’t in writing English, but writing C# and JavaScript (and a little PHP) like a crazy man for 12 hours a day.

What would the world be like if all us programmers could use the languages we know best to write about the stuff we like. I could explain a great day at the beach in a few lines of code, but it would take me paragraphs upon paragraphs of English for me to convey the same idea.

if(($swim==true) && ($surf==true) && ($checkHotChicks=true))
echo "The beach was awesome day, swimming surfing and scoping girls is always so much fun!"; }
echo "I should have gone home!";

Obviously this wouldn’t work in reality, but imagine if it could! Man I’m such a nerd! lol.

So anyway, if your grammar sucks, nobody wants to read what you have to say because basically…nobody can understand what the hell you are saying without good grammar!

I’ve learnt my lesson, mission accomplished!