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Somebody Else Hates Twitter, Too

Go figure. Nearly five years into writing RCPU, and probably my most popular entry ever is a raging rant about Twitter. Well, if all I have to do here is moan about things I don't like and then rake in the hits, you haven't seen anything yet.

First, though, let's get to a couple of e-mails from fellow Twitter-haters, who, along with many of the good folks who have commented on the blog entry, have made your editor feel a lot less alone in the world on this topic.

Writes Jeremy:

"Amen to your Twitter rant on RCP! I can't often express how much I dislike Twitter.

"Being a senior architect at my company (and I'm not old), I'm sure the younger engineers think Twitter is great to exchange high school giggles when I'm not around because of my refusal to use Twitter. I'm sorry you have to use it. It's a sad commentary on where our society is heading that people think that someone cares about most of the thoughts that come out of their heads, and that these thoughts make it onto their Twitter pages. Most people's check-out stations (you know, the booth in your head that checks your thoughts at the door to your mouth) are broken these days as it is. Apparently, there is no such biological function between our minds and our Twitter accounts.

"I'm sure someone (Library of Congress) is archiving all that drivel so when the cockroaches take over the planet they will laugh at us and decide that Twitter and other careless uses of our technological capabilities were our downfall.

"</rant> Thanks, I feel better now. That's a lot of pent up frustration I've had to keep to myself for a while due to everyone else's seemingly high opinion of Twitter!"

I feel better, too, Jeremy. You've come to the right place for Twitter bashing. You seem to get what I was saying: It's the whole concept of Twitter that I don't like. People keep telling me that I can filter this or block that, but that's not the point. The whole idea just irritates me.

Adds Tony from the United Kingdom:

"Your rant about Twitter was absolutely perfect and I think you're quite right.

"As a 63-year-old electronics engineer, now Wi-Fi specialist, I completely abhor what is going on. I was explaining to a sociologist the other day that the Internet was designed and built by engineers as a technical challenge, as were the PC and the Mac. We gave the world the 'library' with shelves and left them to 'fill it with books' whilst we found new toys to play with.

"Twitter reminded me of all the fun we had when we first got Telex and tried to abbreviate everything. Did we pay per character? I can't remember, but I do remember having to get permission from the divisional manager before we could make one. Having built a better system than Telex, why do we have to go back to it?


"English is the language that built the Internet and controls the world now; it is the most beautiful language when used and written well. Let's not lose it or get on to the subject of punctuation. Perhaps I am now too old."

Nah, Tony, it's not an age thing. You're just a clear-thinking person. And I love your library metaphor. What are we filling the Internet library with? Lots of stuff, I suppose, but the most popular "books" checked out seem to be the least edifying. Alas, we seem to be fighting a losing battle here, but at least we're on the side of good and righteousness. Thanks to you and Jeremy for your e-mails.

If you want to keep the Twitter rants or praises going or just comment about whatever comes to mind, e-mail me at

Posted by Lee Pender on 03/24/2011 at 1:23 PM

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 Mike

What happened? Is Lee on vacation or something? No updates for a month? What's up with that?

Thu, Mar 24, 2011 AG New York

I personally was utterly shocked at how you described Facebook as Twitters "far more tolerable cousin". Are you serious...??? As an IT professional I've been astounded at how FB has treated its' users privacy. It overturns every time-honored tradition and rule about how to treat your customers. 1) Teachers losing 30-year careers because FB decided one weekend to make some previously private posts public... 2) Identities stolen right and left because FB makes all your networks/groups public without even an option to make them private (how easy is it now to guess the answer to those security questions like "What's your high school mascot?" 3) Children kidnapped because FB decided it was going to make tagged photos public without any option to set them private... Not to mention overturning the time-honored IT rule of not asking for users' passwords -- FB very nonchalantly asks for your email user name and password anytime you want to import friends! Not to mention FB telling you you have to wait 14 days before your FB account will be deleted. Are you *kidding* me?? What internet merchant EVER in the admittedly brief history of the internet got away with requiring a 14-day period before you account was closed?? As for Twitter, I suppose I respect that company a million times more than FB because of the owners' professional biographies/resumes... What do you know, they worked as IT professionals prior to starting Twitter! They therefore don't do ANY of the above things I mentioned about FB. And FB's founders? Yes, you guessed it... people who for the most part are *admitted hackers* who never worked a day in a professional IT setting, and therefore have no clue about basic netiquette, IT policies, or general decorum in how to treat your customers.... Twitter is useful for me in my small business to occasionally publish to all of my clients about a special deal, or to spread tips about my particular business' specialty which is health and well-being. The key here is *occasional*. I send out a tweet probably once every 6 weeks, literally...

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