14 Mar 2011 11:10:05
We’ll see the big T try out new money making schemes in the future. I think the only way they can gauge user reactions is to push it that little bit too far. I haven’t seen anyone say, ‘Gee I like the #dickbar’.
With so many millions of users even they know there’s little competition. It’s not like there’ll be a mass exodus over a trending topic bar. I’m not sure what it would take for the masses to leave twitter though.
14 Mar 2011 11:27:48
Oh I agree, there won’t be a mass exodus, but friends follow friends. If your friends moved to another service, you’ll likely follow them. Then you’re friends will follow you, and it slowly begins to happen.
16 Mar 2011 17:37:37
I went on a proper disconnect-from-the-internet-for-a-week holiday recently, and when I came back I discovered that my days were more productive if I didn’t read twitter. No social network can be worth your productivity, right?
So I’d lost interest in Twitter. I still use it, but more as a way of contacting people in my line of work, than as a news feed.
This kind of sabre rattling from Twitter just makes me even less inclined to launch the damned client. It’s not as big a loss as you might think, once you realise what you could do with the time you save…
16 Mar 2011 21:37:53
@Graham – I shudder to think what productivity is lost due to twitter.
17 Mar 2011 14:28:50
I found myself expanding on the time saving benefits over a couple of pints last night. I started writing it up here, but it’d have taken your comments off topic so in the end I wrote a new post…
17 Mar 2011 15:23:50
Funnily enough Graham, I’d just read that; and I must say that that exactly describes me! First moment I’m left to my own devices in any social situation (pub, bar, mates etc), the iPhone comes out and I’m scrolling away on twitter or Mail.
It’s more to do with not looking like ‘Billy No Mates’ by appearing to be replying to emails or a text message. It’s also to avoid the akward staring into space I do if I’m left at the table on my own.
Nice idea on the Mi-Fi & iPod!