Monday, January 11, 2010

More Twitter abuse, but this is also good... sort of.

Here's something I noticed on Twitter that can also be classified as "abuse" (although some of you might argue that).

These two people sent EXACTLY the same tweet (not identified as re-tweets) at EXACTLY the same time.

There are two reasons that's bad, and one reason that's good:

  1. BAD: These people have nothing interesting of their own to say about this particular piece of internet content - they're simply regurgitating.
  2. BAD: It appears that they're just re-purposing other content as quickly as they can and as often as they can, so as to create an impression that they're connected and socially active (at least online!). That's why I referred to this as "abuse".
  3. GOOD: The 'Bones' story is apparently interesting enough that people want to share it, which is one of the primary benefits of Twitter. If you have something interesting to say, say it. The more interesting it is, the more people will see it (which applies to more social networking sites, by the way).
So, where do you stand? Abusive regurgitation? Or meaningful viral activity?

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