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 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2021 03:33 pm
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Erick Von Erich wrote: I've tried to use Twitter, on occasion, for the past 10 (?!) years, but just could NOT get into it. Mainly for self-promotion, but I can't stand the entire concept and feel it's responsible for the dumbing-down of the Internets. A lot of "reporting" nowadays has devolved to simply "they said THIS on Twitter".

I've seen laughable efforts by local government agencies, the police and even RNO's to use it... but their use and quality of content is consistently inconsistent.

When the James Holmes shooting happened (the "Batman movie shooting" in 2012), it seemed useful for communicating what was happening... but that quickly went away within 10 minutes and reddit was actually a better source of up-to-date info.

I feel Twitter is best used for promotional purposes (company announcing new product, event, movie, etc.) or for "celebrities" to babble off about stuff (actors and athletes, mostly). It's not a good platform for communicating politics. Trump, being a "celebrity", never got that.

Of course, it's too late now and Twitter seems to be rolling along just fine. Yet we said the same thing about Facebook about five years ago, and it's been losing relevancy and heading for the toilet.

I'm the old man yelling at the sky when I say: Gimme Internets Messaging Boards!

I'm with you, I never got Twitter.  I tried to create a professional account, and almost never used it.  I just couldn't ever find a single thing worth tweeting that anyone would care about.  Within a few days of me trying though, there was an incident about 2 blocks from where I work.  I can't even remember what, a shooting or a building collapse or something.  I tweeted something about it, and a legitimate reporter immediately tweeted at me if I could give details as an "eye witness".  That's when I realized how bad Twitter reporting was.  I ignored her, but I bet I could've told her anything and she would've tweeted it as fact.  Twitter reporting is as bad as Twitter presidenting, and I absolutely despise how almost every real news source now has articles filled with nothing but tweets and they call this a news article.

So now when there's a major incident I just scroll through my feed occasionally, but it's all depressing shouting and fear-mongering and unsubstantiated reports and crazy opinions.  Then I have my "wrestling account" where I just follow a few hundred people from this world and I'll scroll occasionally during a Raw or Dynamite to hear everyone complain or kiss-ass or share an old clip or something. 

Last edited on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 03:36 pm by srossi



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